Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards are used to store account and network information for Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) devices, according to AT&T's Answer Center. SIM card recovery tools are software applications designed to retrieve information that has been deleted from a SIM card. Three SIM card recovery programs include Data Doctor Recovery, SIM Card Seizure and SIMCardExplorer. Each of these programs requires a SIM card reader to access your SIM card from your computer.
Data Doctor Recovery
Pro Data Doctor's Data Doctor Recovery program for SIM cards is designed to retrieve deleted information from SIM cards. According to Pro Data Doctor's website, Data Doctor Recovery for SIM cards can retrieve International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) numbers, Integrated Circuit Card Identification (ICCID) numbers and other service or network account information. Data Doctor Recovery might also be able to recover text messages, phone-book entries and call-history logs that have been erased from a SIM card. You can download a free trial copy of Data Doctor Recovery for SIM cards or purchase the full version of the program at Pro Data Doctor's SIM Restore website.
SIM Card Seizure
Paraben Corporation's SIM Card Seizure is a software program designed to analyse SIM card data and recover deleted information. SIM Card Seizure also analyses unallocated space on the SIM card to recover data from deleted Short Message Service (SMS) messages. According to Paraben Corporation's website, SIM Card Seizure can obtain more than 29 types of deleted information from SIM cards. Visit Paraben Corporation's SIM Card Seizure website to view a video of the software in action or purchase a copy of SIM Card Seizure.
SIMCardExplorer is a SIM card data manager that allows users to browse SIM card directories to manage files and recover data, according to Download.com's review of the program. SIMCardExplorer can recover deleted SMS messages, network information and service information including lost PINs and PUKs. You can download SIMCardExplorer from CNET's Download.com.