A cell phone uses a SIM card (subscriber identity module) to store and access data such as phone numbers and personal information about the user and the cellular service. To duplicate a cell phone, make a copy of the SIM card. A blank SIM card will be needed, along with a SIM duplication device that can be purchased from an electronics store. The procedure is straightforward and also requires the use of a PC.
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Things you need
- SIM card duplicator
- Blank SIM card
- 2 cell phones
- Paper clip
Straighten a paper clip. Insert an end of the paper clip into the hole next to the SIM tray on the cell phone. Push in on the end of the paper clip to pop the SIM tray out of the cell phone. Upend the SIM tray in your palm to catch the SIM card as it falls out.
Place the SIM card in the slot on the SIM card duplicator. Place the SIM card duplicator's USB connector in a USB port on the PC. Eject the disc tray of the PC's DVD drive. Place the installation disc that comes with the SIM card duplicator on the tray and close the tray.
Double-click the icon of the disc on the desktop. Double-click the installation icon inside the window that appears. Follow the menu commands to install the SIM duplicator program to the hard drive. Restart the PC once the installation is done.
Launch the SIM duplicator program by select it from the "Start" > "All Applications" pop-up menu. Press the "Clone" button on the program's main screen. Wait until a progress bar fills in from left to right. Remove the original SIM card from the SIM card duplicator's slot and place it aside.
Place the blank SIM card in the SIM card duplicator's slot. Press the "Clone" button on the program's main screen. Wait until a progress bar fills in from left to right. Quit the program.
Right-click the icon of the duplicated SIM card on the desktop. Select "Eject" from the pop-up menu. Remove the SIM card duplicator from the USB port of the PC. Remove the duplicated SIM card from the SIM card duplicator.
Insert an end of the paper clip into the hole next to the SIM tray on the cell phone that will hold the duplicated SIM card. Push in on the end of the paper clip to pop the SIM tray out of the cell phone.
Upend the SIM tray in your palm to catch the SIM card as it falls out. Place the SIM card aside. Place the duplicated SIM card on the SIM tray. Place the SIM tray back in the cell phone.
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