Benefits and Disadvantages to SIM Cards

In our last blog post, we discussed the meaning of SIM cards and what exactly they do for your cell phone and for your satellite phone. In this continuing look into SIM cards, we’ll examine the benefits and disadvantages of SIM cards.

Outfitter Satellite Phones has been on the cutting-edge of satellite phone technology, offering our satellite phones since 1995. We offer satellite phone SIM cards for all the major satellite phone brands, including Iridium, Isatphone, Bgan, and Thuraya SIM cards. We offer SatPhone rentals, as well as Hotspot Rentals, so you can use them as needed without having to invest in a permanent satellite phone solution. We have all of the answers to your questions and needs right here at Outfitter Satellite Phones. Continue reading to learn more about SIM cards, and then contact one of our friendly customer service advisors today!


  • Standard SIM cards. These are the larger SIM cards that are found in older and more basic phones.

  • Micro SIM cards. These SIM cards are popular in cell phones after 2010.

  • Nano SIM cards. These SIM cards are often found in the newest cell phone offerings.

  • eSIM (embedded) SIM cards. These are part of the phone and are activated remotely by the carrier.

  • dual-SIM. This is a relatively new invention that allows users to have two phone numbers for one device, so they don’t have to carry two phones around. You can easily just swap out the SIM cards with one phone for either work or personal use.


  • Makes upgrading your phone easy.

  • If your phone runs out of battery, you can borrow someone else’s and just remove your SIM card and place it into their cell phone.

  • Prepaid SIM cards are useful for travelers.



SIM cards are at risk for hackers, however, since your SIM card can store your email address, bank account information if you use your phone for banking, social media accounts, and any online purchases you make with your phone. Hackers with some intelligence can access your information on a SIM card and then transfer it to another SIM card simply by having a password recovery text message sent.

However, many SIM card makers recognize these security flaws and are working diligently to close these access holes that hackers have available to them, from instituting more pin codes to authentication and encryption on the back end side of things.

Simple devices

Compared to the power of your computer, SIM cards are actually quite limited in what they can do. They have a small memory capacity (again, when compared to computers. Their memory is more than adequate for storing all of your phone needs). They are virtually useless outside of a smartphone device. In fact, SIM cards are increasingly reliant upon apps to tell them what to do. And they are totally reliant upon the carrier’s whims in terms of functionality. Furthermore, being relatively simple in terms of technology, SIM cards do tend to go bad, requiring a replacement every now and then.

Apple’s SIM

Apple, as usual, in an effort to connect all of their devices, created the Apple SIM card in 2014, which can be used with multiple cell phone carriers. With Apple SIM cards, you can swap between network plans, and when traveling abroad, Apple has international partners as well. All new iPads offer an empty nano SIM slot and an embedded Apple SIM card.

Thin SIM

 A thin SIM is a new type of SIM card that functions much like a Game Genie that modifies games and connects game consoles with game cartridges. These SIM cards modify existing SIM cards and can run its own apps on cell phones it connects to the phone and the existing SIM card. These thin SIMs are very controversial, as they can easily pass data back and forth between each other, leading to an easier time to hacking information from your SIM card.


Whether you need a satellite phone for work or play, Outfitter Satellite Phones has got you covered. We understand that investing in a satellite phone can be confusing. We offer a variety of resources to help you choose which sat phone will work for your needs. On our website, we have extensive guides to all of our satellite phones, from Iridium phones to Inmarsat Isat phones. In these guides, you will have an overview of the particular phone, including all of its features and pictures. You’ll see a product list, an accessory guide, and have our service plans in one handy place. In essence, we offer everything you could possibly need to survive the elements with your satellite phone intact.

Outfitter Satellite Phones also offers technical support during regular business hours so you can speak to someone and get all of your questions answered. Our customer care associates have years of experience helping customers just like you find the perfect satellite phone for them. While options are awesome, they can become overwhelming very quickly. Let us help you narrow down your focus for you.

Finally, you can get a free online quote by simply answering a few questions, such as what type of equipment you are looking for (such as a satellite SIM card, a satellite phone itself, or an accessory item) and where you are looking for coverage. Once you submit your request, we’ll get back to you shortly with a quote.

With almost 25 years in the satellite phone business, Outfitters Satellite Phones understands what our customers need and want. From free delivery on satellite phone rentals to SIM cards you can activate at a later date, we’ve got you covered for any adventure you could imagine. We offer 24-hour emergency and urgent technical support, so someone will always be able to help you when you need it. We also offer a great trade-in program, so you can stay up-to-date on the latest satellite phone advantages. No more excuses for taming the wild. Go forth, conquer, and bring your satellite phone from Outfitter Satellite with you today!