How Can I Clone My Cell Phone?

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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How Can I Clone My Cell Phone?
Cloning a cell phone requires making a duplicate of its SIM card. (oval cell phone image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

A cell phone uses a special memory card called a “SIM” to store information about the user. You can clone your cell phone by duplicating the SIM card’s information onto another SIM card. You will need to remove the SIM card from your cell phone beforehand, which does not void any warranties. A SIM card duplicating device is also needed and can be purchased from a computer store or an electronics supply shop.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • SIM card duplicating device
  • Unused SIM card
  • Paper clip

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Straighten out a paper clip. Insert an end of the paper clip into the hole next to the SIM card compartment.

  2. 2

    Push the end of the paper clip into the hole to release the SIM card tray. Pull the SIM card tray out of the cell phone with your fingers.

  3. 3

    Upend the SIM card tray into your palm to catch the SIM card when it falls out. Make a note of the numbers written on the SIM card. Place the SIM card tray and cell phone aside.

  4. 4

    Insert the SIM card duplicating device’s installation disc into the PC’s ejected disc tray. Close the disc tray.

  5. 5

    Double-click on the icon of the SIM card duplicating device installation disc when it appears on the desktop. Double-click on the program inside of the window that appears. Follow the menu commands to install the program onto the PC’s hard drive. Restart the PC after the installation is done.

  6. 6

    Place the SIM card duplicating device next to the PC. Insert the USB cable from the SIM card duplicating device into a USB port on the PC.

  7. 7

    Launch the SIM card duplicating device program from the “Start,” “All Applications” pop-up menus.

  8. 8

    Enter the number that was on the SIM card into the open column on the program’s main screen next to “IMSI.” Insert the SIM card into the slot on the SIM card duplicating device. Click the “Clone” button on the program’s main screen. Wait for a confirmation window to appear. Click “Done” on the confirmation window.

  9. 9

    Remove the SIM card from the slot on the SIM card duplicating device. Insert the unused SIM card into the slot on the SIM card duplicating device.

  10. 10

    Click the “Copy” button on the program’s main screen. Wait for a confirmation window to appear. Click “Done” on the confirmation window. Remove the now cloned SIM card from the slot on the SIM card duplicating device.

Tips and warnings

  • Cloning a SIM card that you do not own is a crime punishable by law.
  • Some SIM cards include special copy protection that can make it difficult to clone.

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