A frequently asked question here in the Community is whether it’s possible to move a current Republic SIM to a new Republic compatible phone.
If you purchased your new phone from Republic’s online store, a SIM is already preinstalled. Please know it is not necessary to physically move one’s current SIM to move one’s Republic number from old to new phone. Since Republic has done the work of preinstalling a new SIM for you, it’s best practice to move your current number during activation of the preinstalled SIM. It’s much easier than fumbling around with moving a current SIM. Once past initial setup on the new phone (follow on screen prompts for that), please follow Republic’s guidance to activate the preinstalled SIM and move your current number linked here: https://help.republicwireless.com/hc/en-us/articles/115015420728-How-to-Activate-a-Replacement-Phone. If bringing a new Republic compatible phone sourced elsewhere, please read on.
- Legacy Republic Phone to New Republic Compatible Unlocked (a/k/a 3.0) Phone
- Current Republic Phone to New Republic Compatible Unlocked (a/k/a 3.0) Phone
- A Word About SIM Size
Legacy Republic Phone to New Republic Compatible Unlocked (a/k/a 3.0) Phone
If your current Republic phone is a legacy phone (Moto DEFY XT, E1, E2, G1, G3, X1 or X2), the answer is no (some of these phones don’t even have a SIM to move). As Republic offers multiple coverage options for its newer compatible phones, to help us better help you and if you’re comfortable doing so, please share your zip code (nothing more).
Current Republic Phone to New Republic Compatible Unlocked (a/k/a 3.0) Phone
For all other Republic compatible phones, the answer is maybe. Some SIMs move from phone to phone, others are phone specific and do not. Please take the following steps on the phone you wish to move the SIM from:
- Open the Republic App
- Tap the gear icon upper right
- Tap About
- Under the Phone Info section, your phone’s SIM type will be listed (GSM or CDMA)
If the phone is not operational, this guide will help you determine whether the SIM card is CDMA or GSM: https://help.republicwireless.com/hc/en-us/articles/115013702387-Is-My-Republic-Wireless-SIM-Card-CDMA-or-GSM-
If the SIM is GSM, it will move to a new compatible phone. A CDMA SIM card cannot be moved from phone to phone. Once past initial setup on the new phone (follow on screen prompts for that), power the new phone down and move the SIM. Next, power the new phone back on then be certain Republic’s mobile app is installed or updated. Finally, open Republic’s app. If presented with an “activation” sequence, complete that. If your phone does not prompt you to restart, restart it manually. Service (number and plan) will move from old to new phone.
If the SIM is CDMA and you’re comfortable sharing, may we please know your zip code and we’ll provide further insight.
A Word About SIM Size
Presuming you’ve determined your SIM will move and if moving the SIM from a Moto G4 series phone; you would need to size the SIM down from micro to nano size. Republic SIMs are designed to be universal in terms of size, so doing so is a simple matter of punching out the smaller nano size from the micro frame:
I suggest hanging onto the micro frame should you decide to keep a Moto G4 series phone as an emergency backup. Should the need to return to a G4 series phone arise, it would be possible to snap the nano size SIM back into the micro frame.
Republic offers some documentation here: https://help.republicwireless.com/hc/en-us/articles/360004546414-Is-It-Okay-to-Swap-SIM-Cards-Between-Phones-