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Nano, micro, and standard SIM cards – what do I use?

As technology advances, SIM cards are getting smaller to fit more powerful smartphones, which need that space for more hardware. At the moment, SIM cards come in three sizes: Standard SIM, microSIM, and Nano SIM.

If you’re unsure what SIM to use for your device – you’re in safe hands. Vodafone’s Multi-SIM card contains a Standard, micro, and Nano SIM. So, if you change phones in the future you don’t need to worry about getting a new SIM card.

Existing Vodafone customer in need of a new SIM card?

Simple, you can easily swap your old SIM card to a new one using our SIM swap tool. A SIM swap lets you keep your current Vodafone number when you get a replacement SIM. You'll need to do this if you have a new device that requires a different sized SIM (for example if you've upgraded), if your device is lost or stolen, or if your SIM is damaged.

The different SIM types

Standard SIM

This is the largest SIM type around now. These were introduced in 1996, and they are still used in some older smartphones today such as the iPhone 3GS, Blackberry Curve, and Samsung Galaxy Note.

Micro SIM

microSIMs are used in many smartphones today but they are no longer the smallest size. Introduced in 2003 to save space, they were used for almost ten years. They are found in phones like the iPhone 4s and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Nano SIM

The Nano SIM was released in 2012 and, to date, it is the smallest SIM around - even in its thickness. This SIM is used in most smartphones today, from the iPhone 5 to iPhone 7, and in most android phones including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel.

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