SIM Card Reusability – Can you reuse a SIM Card?

Here, we’ll discuss different carriers and their SIM Card Reusability policies.

Can you reuse a SIM Card?

Some SIM Cards can be reused after activation while others get “burned” or placed on a temporary hold for activation.  The table below should help you know if your customer will need to purchase a new SIM or if they can reuse their old SIM card.  When a customer brings in a new or used phone with a SIM in it, only the Sprint SIMs can be used.  The rest are not able to be activated if they didn’t come from Best Cellular or the specific MVNO that they’re trying to activate the phone with.

  1. Sprint SIM Cards are attached to the device and the phone number is not provisioned in the SIM Card. There are currently (33) different types of Sprint SIM cards and most Sprint devices need a specific SIM card in order to activate. Sprint SIM Cards can not be cut to fit.
  2. Other carriers require the right profile on the carrier to authenticate upon activation and to provision the number into the SIM.

Carrier

Reusable Notes Required SIM Supplier Bring Your Own Sim

AT&T SIM Cards

NO Burned After Activation Best Cellular

NO

Sprint SIM Cards

YES Reusable as long as not active ANY – eBay, Amazon, a Sprint retailer, etc.

YES

T-Mobile SIM Cards

NO Burned After Activation Best Cellular

NO

Verizon SIM Cards YES Reusable 52 Days after Deactivation

Best Cellular

(Some prepaid MVNOs are cross-compatible)

NO

Sprint SIM cards are attached to the device and the phone number is not provisioned in the SIM Card.