I have an unused sim card that was sent to me when 3.0 was announced and when I just recently looked at it, I noticed that the expiration date had passed. Will it actually not work if I put it into a new phone, and if it won’t work, what is the reason? I was thinking of upgrading my Moto X Pure Edition to a S10 and $5 is $5 saved if I don’t have to order a new sim card.
That is a good question you brought up and it dives into the details of how the mobile networks operate on their back end. I’m not sure if Republic help has a article directly explaining the reasoning. We do know that SIM cards can be saved if unused but they do expire.
The SIM card doesn’t expire after its activated. Since there are a finite number of SIM numbers and there are over 8 billion phones in the world, the expiration date helps identify unused SIMs. So SIM cards that sit in a drawer, are lost, or are damaged (and therefore never activated) can be recycled instead of being reserved indefinitely on a card that will likely never get activated. So if the SIM isn’t activated by that date, it gets printed on a new card. Once it’s activated, it can be used indefinitely.
If you have a SIM card that is past the expiration date, you might have to get a new one from either the Republic Wireless store or Amazon.
Since you mention it, I have myself a extra SIM sitting around just in case as well.
Can you please open the RW app on your Moto X Pure
Settings -> About
And let us know what it says under SIM type?
If it says GSM you can simply move your existing SIM card from the Moto X Pure to the S10.
If it says CDMA you will need to request a new CDMA SIM card from RW using the instructions here.
An additional question for you is do you plan to purchase the S10 from Republic or a third party retailer. If from Republic, a new SIM is included in the purchase. If from a third party retailer, @amitl’s guidance is pertinent.
If you’re planning on purchasing the S10 from a third party retailer and should you discover the SIM in your X Pure is CDMA, please know you’ll need to have the S10 in hand before opening a ticket requesting a new CDMA SIM.
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