SIM cards for the iPhone 4S, using your iPhone 4S abroad and what you can connect to your iPhone.

iPhone 4SA guide for using the your iPhone 4S smartphone overseas, different SIM card options and how to connect to a growing collection of Bluetooth speakers. Nano, Micro and Mini SIM cards can all be used in the iPhone, this page highlights how to adapt each SIM card to use in the iPhone.A list of 6 bluetooth devices that can be connected to the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S

What charger does an iPhone 4S use?

If you intend on using an iPhone 4S in the US then you simply need to use a USB adapter such as Type A USB charger. If you are travelling abroad this is dependent on which region you are visiting because different power outlets are used in different countries. Please read the section on using the iPhone 4S abroad and select where you will be visiting for full details on the recommended power charger to charge your iPhone 4S. [2] [AD]

What type of cable is compatible with my Apple iPhone 4S?

You will need to use a USB to Apple 30 pin cable to charge an iPhone 4S, this connects from a USB port to the charging port found on the bottom of the iPhone 4S. The Apple iPhone 4S will be supplied with a 30 Pin cable, you can purchase a spare (as a backup in the car, at work or travelling for example) online by looking for a USB to Apple 30 pin cable[3] [AD]

Is it possible to use my Apple iPhone 4S whilst recharging?

Yes an iPhone 4S can be used whilst it recharges; however charging time may take longer than the typical 2 hours charge time.

Is it possible to use the Apple iPhone 4S USB power charger to power other cell phones?

You can power your other devices provided they allow USB charging.

Where can I find the charger port on the Apple iPhone 4S?

The dock connector (or charging port) is located on the base of the Apple iPhone 4S.

iPhone 4 SIM cards

Which size is an iPhone 4S SIM card?

A Micro SIM card is used in the Apple iPhone 4S which is 15mm long by 12mm wide. [4]

How do I replace my Apple iPhone 4S SIM card?

  1. First turn the power off on your Apple iPhone 4S.
  2. Locate the SIM card slot located on the righthand side of the phone opposite the volume buttons and mute switch.
  3. Next press a paperclip, pin or a SIM-ejection tool which was supplied with the iPhone 4S in the small hole next to the SIM card tray.
  4. Pop open the SIM card tray.
  5. You can now insert or replace the SIM card.
  6. Push the SIM tray slowly back into the iPhone 4S.
  7. Finally switch on the power on the iPhone 4S.

Where can I find the SIM card on the iPhone 4S?

The SIM card slot can be located on the right side of the iPhone 4S opposite the volume buttons and mute switch. [5]

Will a Nano-SIM card work in an iPhone 4S?

You can use a Nano-SIM card in the Apple iPhone 4S using a Nano to Micro SIM card adapter. We recommend purchasing a SIM card adapter kit for your iPhone 4S for roughly the same cost, these include three different sized adapters which will adapt all SIM card sizes for all types of phones making them the most cost effective option.  [6] [7] [AD]

Will a Micro-SIM card work in an iPhone 4S?

The iPhone 4S will work with a Micro SIM without the need for an adapter.

Can I use a regular size Mini SIM card in an iPhone 4S?

To use a Mini SIM card in the iPhone 4S that accepts Micro SIM cards you will need to use a Micro SIM card cutter. Because the 25mm x 15mm card needs to sit in a slot intended to accommodate the smaller 15mm x 12mm Micro SIM card this tool is designed to reduce the size of the card.

A SIM card cutter tool is designed to quickly and precisely convert a larger Mini SIM card into a Micro SIM card by simply removing the surplus plastic away from the chip. With the low price of buying a cutter online this is the most affordable solution without needing to pay for a new SIM card from your network provider.

It is advisable to buy a Micro SIM card cutting tool which includes Mini and Nano SIM card adapters as this will enable you to switch between different cellphones which use different card sizes. [8] [AD]

What is a SIM card converter?

A SIM card adapter (or SIM card converter) allows you to insert a smaller card into the adapter, the adapter can then be inserted into a slot in any phone designed for a larger SIM card. Inserting a smaller SIM card into the adapter will increase the size so it can accurately fit to align the contacts on the card to touch the phone pins.

Why should you avoid using a SIM card template for an iPhone 4S?

Do not attempt to use scissors to cut a SIM card as it risks bending and damaging the copper surface on the card, instead use a SIM card cutter which is designed specifically for the task.

There is a risk that damaging the contacts between the SIM card and phone may result in reduced signal strength on the iPhone 4S leading to dropped calls, unstable data and higher battery drain because of the iPhone 4S continually scanning for a new network. This article on why you shouldn’t cut a SIM card with scissors has more information on the subject.

If you have inaccurately cut your SIM card with scissors and are now encountering problems with the Apple iPhone 4S then you may need to contact your network provider to send a replacement card. Using a card which has been cut with scissors can potentially invalidate the warranty therefore Apple may reserve the right to repair your iPhone 4S caused by damages of inserting a poorly cut SIM card.  [9] [10] [AD]

What can I connect to the iPhone 4S

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to the iPhone 4S

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with the iPhone 4S

Using your iPhone 4S abroad

Choose from one of the following list of countries below to find out how you can use your iPhone 4S in that country:
Using the iPhone 4S abroad

Using the iPhone 4S in Africa

Using the iPhone 4S in Asia

Using the iPhone 4S in Europe

Using the iPhone 4S in North America

Using the iPhone 4S in Oceania

Using the iPhone 4S in South America

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  1. Apple - official iPhone user guide.
  2. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, £1-£2
  3. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced around £5
  4. Wikipedia - SIM card -
  5. Apple - Apple iPhone SIM card support -
  6. Amazon - Nano to Micro SIM card adapter -
  7. Nano Micro Standard Sim Card Adapter Converter Kit - Plug and play SIM card adapter kit contains SIM card adapters to convert a Nano SIM card to Micro SIM, a Nano SIM card to a standard Mini SIM card, a Micro SIM card into Standard Mini SIM card size, sandpaper bar to reduce SIM card depth and SIM tray pin, costing £1-£2
  8. Micro SIM card cutting tool - Used to convert a larger standard Mini SIM card for a phone designed to accept the smaller Micro sized SIM card, costing £5-£10
  9. Linkedin - article on why you shouldn’t cut a SIM card with scissors -
  10. Multi SIM card cutting tool - A 3 in 1 SIM card cutter allowing you to cut a standard Mini SIM card to micro SIM, a micro SIM card to Nano SIM card and standard SIM card to Nano SIM card, estimated price £5-£10