Find the SIM you need

Many mobile phone users are making the switch from contract phones to SIM-only based plans. SIM plans have number of benefits, including that you can choose packages to suit your needs, and that you are not tied down in a long contract that is hard to get out of. You are also likely to find that SIM plans are more cost-effective as opposed to traditional contract-style packages. Are you thinking about making the switch to a SIM only contract? Read on to find out what type of SIM card your phone handset takes, and how to work out then best value SIM plan for your needs.



There are four main types of SIM cards used in mobile phones: full-size, mini, micro and nano. They are all designed to do the same job. The difference is in their size. To check what type of SIM your phone uses, you will first need to locate the SIM tray, and then carefully push it out to remove it. Typically this is done by inserting a small pin into a hole on the side of your phone, or removing the plastic shell and battery, depending on the handset.

Full size SIMs are the largest of the three, and they feature a small chip that is surrounded by plastic. Full-size SIMs are 85mm x 44mm in size, the same as a credit card. These relics are now rarely seen. Mini SIMs are now referred to as standard SIMs. These types of SIMS, measuring 25mm x 15mm are often found in older phones, as they are being phased out in favour of smaller cards like the Micro and Nano SIMs. Phones that use this type of SIM card include the iPhone 3GS, Alcatel Onetouch and the Samsung Galaxy Young.

Micro SIMS are 15x12mm in size, and they have a chip which is surrounded by a small amount of plastic. Phones that use Micro SIMs include the iPhone 4 and 4s, Lumia 630 and the Samsung Ace.

Nano SIMs are the smallest of the three SIM types, and they are 12x8mm in size. They have a chip with a very small amount of plastic around the outside. Some of the phones that use this type of SIM are the iPhone 5, 5s, 6 and the Google Nexus 6.

If you are still unsure what SIM your phone takes, you can check out the specifications of your handset by going onto the manufacturer’s website.



The next thing is to work out if you’re switching to a SIM only contract is what plan to choose. The plan you need will depend on how frequently you use your mobile phone for calls, texts and to browse the web. If you purchase a package that has 1000 minutes a month, this will mean that you will have half an hour of free calls everyday. As for texts, simply calculate the average amount of texts you send in a day and then multiply it by 31. Data plans are more complex, and the amount of data depends on what websites you are visiting and if you plan on downloading items or watching videos, which take up more data than just web browsing. As a starting point, 1MB of data will typically allow you to surf the web for 4 hours, while 1GB will enable you to spend 52 hours on Facebook.

Follow the above tips and you will be able to identify your SIM type and calculate the best plan for your requirements, so that you can switch to a SIM only plan with ease.