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Dodgematty
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Phone upgrade

Hi, just joined the community, have got an iPhone 4s at the mo with a virgin sim 30 day rolling contract  and am considering getting a iPhone SE (buying outright), would the sim work on the SE with no problems with all my allowances or would I have to renegotiate my deal, thanks

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enlli
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Re: Phone upgrade

If you are thinking of buying a new iPhone then you are best going to Apple direct. iPhones from elsewhere (Including Carphone Warehouse) lock to the network of the first SIM inserted.

Going to Apple will ensure you have a phone that will work with your present SIM and give you the option of going with another provider in the future, or inserting a local SIM in another country if you roam.

Some people on here have found problems of getting their phone unlocked, especially from CPW

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AIUI an iPhone 4 or 4s uses a micro-SIM and and iPhone5?, 6? or SE uses a nano-SIM. So you existing SIM won't physically fit unless it's the recent multi-SIM type that presses out from a larger carrier/adapter. So if needs be phone Virgin and tell them you need to change the SIM size to a nano. These are usually supplied free of charge although they might charge for delivery if you want it next day. Ask them not to pre-activate the new SIM. That way your existing SIM will work until you choose activate the new one yourself. You have to get this done within 30 days as I recall. The changeover might take a few hours.

And if the SE is currently locked to any other network, including EE networks then get it unlocked first. Enlii has also given you good advice, unlocked phones from any source other than the Apple store will lock to the first network they are used on. This includes unlocked phones from Virgin.


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Re: Phone upgrade

Hi Dodgematty,

 

you are free to move your SIM between devices Smiley Happy

 

AlexKid :-)

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If you are thinking of buying a new iPhone then you are best going to Apple direct. iPhones from elsewhere (Including Carphone Warehouse) lock to the network of the first SIM inserted.

Going to Apple will ensure you have a phone that will work with your present SIM and give you the option of going with another provider in the future, or inserting a local SIM in another country if you roam.

Some people on here have found problems of getting their phone unlocked, especially from CPW

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Re: Phone upgrade

AIUI an iPhone 4 or 4s uses a micro-SIM and and iPhone5?, 6? or SE uses a nano-SIM. So you existing SIM won't physically fit unless it's the recent multi-SIM type that presses out from a larger carrier/adapter. So if needs be phone Virgin and tell them you need to change the SIM size to a nano. These are usually supplied free of charge although they might charge for delivery if you want it next day. Ask them not to pre-activate the new SIM. That way your existing SIM will work until you choose activate the new one yourself. You have to get this done within 30 days as I recall. The changeover might take a few hours.

And if the SE is currently locked to any other network, including EE networks then get it unlocked first. Enlii has also given you good advice, unlocked phones from any source other than the Apple store will lock to the first network they are used on. This includes unlocked phones from Virgin.