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I've got an iPhone 3GS, on the UK network of O2

Can I take that sim card out, and put it into another mobile device (not iPhone) ? I don't have a spare device to try this hence asking here

More importantly, would the sim card actually work in a non-iPhone device or is it locked for iPhone usage only?


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No SIM card is locked to any phone. The SIM card will work in any unlocked device supporting the frequencies used by the carrier that issued the SIM card.

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As far as I know, it’s not possible to lock it to a phone. – Martín Marconcini Nov 4 '10 at 21:46
Well when I bought the phone, the SIM card packaging stated it would only work in the iPhone – user155695 Nov 4 '10 at 21:46
The SIM isn't iPhone-only. For an example of using it elsewhere, check out this TUAW article, How To: Use iPhone 4 data plan with iPad 3G – Dori Nov 5 '10 at 5:03
The iPhone SIM can be used in any unlocked phone, but there are some companies (Tracfone) that lock their SIMs to their hardware. – Kyle Cronin Nov 6 '10 at 13:17

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