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Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Using my SIM card in another phone?

I have a primary phone which uses my sim card for Public Mobile.  I have a few other phones which aren't mine but I believe they should be unlocked.  What happens if I insert my SIM card into one of these phones?  Does my SIM card get re-registered to the new phone's IMEI number?  And what happens if I remove the SIM card afterwards, does the phone retain any of the information from my SIM?  Thanks.


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Mayor / Maire

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

Your call history is kept on the device not sim

When you save contacts you can choose to save it to sim, phone, or Google account. If you pick the phone to save it it will stay there and once you pull out the sim you will not carry out to your phone. If you save on the sim you have very limited options for that contact. You can just store stuff on your amount instead and once done using tee temporary phone (if you don't mind losing all the personal info that doesn't get usually synchronized with your account, like downloads) just hit reset to factory settings and it should be all clean for the next user

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Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

@mobileguy 

as long as they are unlocked your phone  will work right away.

 

They also need to be compatible with the telus network. You may need to reset the phone after you put the SIM card in. 

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Oracle

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

@mobileguy , there is no registration/lock to a device IMEI.  You can swap your SIM from phone to phone as much as you like.  The usual caveats apply, phone must be unlocked (or locked to Telus and sister brands) and have compatible bands to work.

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Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

Thanks.  And what about the privacy issue.  After I put the SIM back into my primary phone, does the previous phone retain any of my information?

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Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

@mobileguy  factory reset it if you are concerned about whats left behind.

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Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

It's a company phone so I don't think I'll do a factory reset since it's got apps and other stuff on it.

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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

In my first days with Telus prepaid, when you checked your account online it would show that the SIM was in PHONE MODEL and the IMEI number.  As well it showed one on my phones was a replacement phone and it would also say INTERNATIONAL....meaning unlocked. If you put the SIM into another unlocked phone or a locked to Telus phone that information would change on your account very quickly. 

 

But to answer your question, if the phone is compatible and not too ancient and is unlocked or a Telus locked phone go ahead and change the SIM, reboot phone (and your APN settings may need an update) and you are off to the races. 

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Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

@mobileguy If those phones are unlocked, you can use your SIM on them just fine! They will work normally.

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Mayor / Maire

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

@mobileguy  Not a risk as long as you didn't download any content on the phone's storage and you didn't login into any of the apps.

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Mayor / Maire

Re: Using my SIM card in another phone?

Your call history is kept on the device not sim

When you save contacts you can choose to save it to sim, phone, or Google account. If you pick the phone to save it it will stay there and once you pull out the sim you will not carry out to your phone. If you save on the sim you have very limited options for that contact. You can just store stuff on your amount instead and once done using tee temporary phone (if you don't mind losing all the personal info that doesn't get usually synchronized with your account, like downloads) just hit reset to factory settings and it should be all clean for the next user

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