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Where can I get a SIM card

I have a Pantech PBR C3B, where can I get a SIM card or chip for it

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Hi @stellaparry

The phone is one of the Pantech C300 series.

You may not be able to get a SIM card for it in your location as the phone only operates on the 2G signalling band which has been or is being phased out in most places.

If 2G is still available in your location I don't know what size SIM card the phone uses, nano (8.8 x 12.3mm), micro (12 x 15m) or standard (15 x 25mm) but here's a page from the user manual that shows how to insert the SIM card. If you open the phone and check the size of the SIM card reader where the card slots into, this should give you an idea of the size of the card needed.

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Usually the full size SIM, mini. At least in the US the days of 2G are numbered. Verizon killed theirs off, as well as AT&T. Sprint 2G is dead as well due to the merger. T-Mobile still has it but does not do new 2G only activations, it's either a fallback for newer phones like my P7 where it's basically largely unused or the phones are riding on old activations until the SIM dies. My iphone 12 pretends it doesn't exist since it's just flat out blocked, so I suspect my SIM card (R15) doesn't acknowledge it.

The coverage maps on the big 3 no longer acknowledge what remains either.



Same here in Australia. 2G was completely phased out by 2018.

Even with 3G the big three here (bar 1) have announced the shutdown date:

Telstra June 30 2024,

Vodaphone Dec. 15 2023,

Optus has already shutdown its 3G 2100MHz band but is still using the 3G 900MHz band and is yet to advise when it will go.


@jayeff I suspect OP was on M2M bands which got decommissioned in the places they regularly go :(. The carriers want to use that for 5G C-band or 2.5GHz here. Being OP just began having problems it's likely an ancient T-Mobile variant or they got it unlocked and put it on T-Mobile before the activation block. At least on my P7 it has never connected to 2G so either it's for emergency use only or it's fully decommed here. It's WHEN, NOT IF with what remains of 2/3G. Like I'm surprised they still have it here.

Granted they had to agree to delay C-band here near some airports to make the FAA go away or set it to low power but that's mainly a issue with AT&T and Verizon here.

The reason I didn't mention Sprint beyond that comment is I don't consider Sprint a provider now that T-Mobile has integrated a lot of their spectrum to the T-Mobile network here. Dish bought the ones the DOJ ordered them to give up, or didn't need. They bought redundant spectrum and a customer list.


@jayeff I found something a little odd revisiting this being I have two phones. My iPhone 12 (physical SIM, R15) is completely blocked from 2G but my P7 has 2G in the options to force it. I can also enable 3G on my 7, but it kicks back to EDGE/2G.

Maybe the OP might at least be able to get the R15 SIM and bide a little more time, but if this was my phone I'd just retire it and get a new one. Or if it was someone I knew who relied on it and couldn't afford one and was adamant about having a basic phone I'd just buy them a $150 unlocked 4G flip phone and tell them it will need a new SIM card for $15. I can probably enable it because I own a fully unlocked 7 that left Google's hands that way, and T-Mobile can't control that toggle :-). The iPhone is unlocked too, so I think it's how the SIM handles it.


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If you're in the US, the odds are bleek; these phones are holding on by a thread. The big 3 are either done with it (2017 for AT&T, December 2022 for Verizon) or phasing it out, with a new activation block -- T-Mobile is the ONLY holdout who blocked new setups in 2021 with the R15 physical SIM release (so it may not like your Pantech, sadly; unless they still have the transition SIM for phones like this) with all but a small M2M coverage range being taken out AND that ends in 2024 (4/2) as well. These phones are only serviced due to the M2M bands covering old cell phones as well as things like parking meters.

It likely no longer works now because outside of that M2M coverage (which is minuscule, and pretty much only there to keep the security alarm industry happy and avoid an attempted forced FCC extension, like AT&T with 3G). More than likely it's effectively shut down in practice in your area, or locked down to M2M devices and restricted from phones. You will need to ask your carrier to check on that to confirm, but at least on mine I can force enable 2G, but my iPhone with the R15 SIM blocks it out (likely because I have a 12).

eSIM P7:

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iPhone (R15 physical):

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Sadly for you, it's (probably) time for a new phone, unless the carrier can furnish a SIM that will work in your phone to get you more time with this one (13 months max, not long). These days it's usually more cost-effective to buy an unlocked phone (read: factory, never touched by a carrier) and keep your current plan; the price is usually the same. It's more about if you want to pay monthly or get it over with these days, as well as a new SIM card (unavoidable, ~$10-20 if it isn't waived because they want people off old phones ASAP). Expect to pay ~$150 for most 4G flip phones unlocked.

For smartphones, you WILL need a new SIM and a 5G compatible plan, but this is not the case for an unlocked flip phone with 4G to meet the base requirements, outside of a SIM card replacement (SIM card cost may not be waived with a phone type upgrade).
For smartphones, expect to pay at least $400, $500 for a midrange near flagship like a Pixel 6a, and $550-600+ for a flagship like a Pixel 7. While I love my Pixel 7 and iPhone, these are flagship phones priced accordingly and I know I'm paying up the nose for them. It doesn't sound like you need that high-end phone. You can probably get away with a well-equipped Android One phone or Motorola Edge.

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