As someone who works & lives abroad, I’ve always kept 2 SIM cards with me. One for my home country, and the other for the country I currently live in. However, I’ve always got stressed out every time I needed to switch the card — particularly because of one thing that was made for this purpose.
1. What is it and what is the purpose?
On your phone, there is a hole that you need to poke in order to open the SIM tray. In which you need to poke it with an ejector (let’s just call it a “Pin”). We’re going to discuss both the hole and the pin.
2. Why/When did I use it?
Every time I need to switch my SIM card — or to be more specific, every time I need to open the SIM card tray. In most cases, when people go abroad they would buy a local sim card and that’s when they’ll change the SIM.
3. Was it a delightful or stressful experience? Why?
It’s not that bad but could be quite stressful. Let’s start with the Pin:
1. The “Pin” is practically useless
Other than helping you ejecting the SIM card tray, it has no other use.
2. There is a reason why people sell these pins in bulk.
The uselessness of this thing makes up for point number 2: you lose these pins quite easily. Check out eBay and they always sell these in bulks. Coincidence? Don’t think so.
3. The hole on our phones is too small
Too damn small there are no ‘everyday’ things that you can use to poke the hole. A pen? Nope, too big. How about toothpick? Nope, still not gonna work. Ok, how about a.. screwdriver? Nope, scr*w you.
This makes the process of opening the SIM tray super hard. You need one specific item made for one specific purpose to do it.
4. Can it be better?
Here’s how I would improve it.
Make a bigger hole
If the holes were bigger, we could easily poke it with a pen, toothpick, or any other pointy tool we have nearby. Remember the good old days when all you need to reset your Tamagotchi is a pen?
Press to eject the tray
A simple gesture that can be utilized as a replacement for the hole.
Make a cutout for our fingernail to pick
LG G2 had this easy to remove SIM card tray, you only need a fingernail. Insert your fingernail into the cutout then pull out the tray.
Virtual SIM Card
This is the future. Virtual SIM is a cloud-based phone number that you can access via an App. Imagine it as your Twitter or Instagram handle, but instead of an @, it is a phone number which you can use to call and text! Learn more about it here.
5. What do you think?
We think this might make a better experience of getting your SIM card tray out. What do you think?
Let us know in the comments if you have any idea about how to make it even better and let’s discuss 😆
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