How to access the SIM card applications and services on iPhone

How to access the SIM card applications and services on iPhone
A SIM card is a tiny chip found inside most cell phones, but most of you are probably aware of this. We're also guessing that you know how it can be used to store contact information and a small number of text messages. 

Yet did you know that a tiny amount of memory on the SIM card allows for program code to be stored there? Basic applications are usually pre-written on this program space by the carrier issuing the SIM Card. This allows users to perform operations related to their wireless service – to check their balance, to enable service features, stuff like that. 

Now, accessing the SIM card applications is an easy task if you have an Android device – an icon depicting a SIM card appears in the app drawer, and the user just needs to tap it. But on an iPhone, these apps are accessible in a different way. 

Step #1: go to your Settings menu and from there you pick "Mobile Data". 


How to access the SIM card applications and services on iPhone

Step #2: Choose "SIM Applications"


How to access the SIM card applications and services on iPhone

Step #3: Your SIM card's applications menu should look a bit like this


How to access the SIM card applications and services on iPhone

And that's pretty much it! Do keep in mind that the SIM card menu on your particular phone may look different from what we have shown in the screenshot above. The features available there depend greatly on what your carrier has loaded on the SIM card. Our SIM card, for example, provides billing and payments information, as well as options to view calls we've missed while the phone has been out of service. 

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8 Comments

1. peace247 unregistered

And everybody says android is tough....

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I don't think iPhone user's is dumb enough not to know this?

7. buccob

Posts: 2955; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Ignorance is not about intelligence. And this among other iOS stuff is NOT very intuitive.

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I hate that sim toolkit icon on my drawer, I simply hide it since i never use them. Why pay for sh*tty services, when you can get them free.

3. FingerMyApple unregistered

thank for another very-value-added apple article PA :)

4. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Does anyone from PA lives in Kuwait ? There's a carrier there called VIVA (the same shown in the slideshow above)

5. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I think its Kazakhstan

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1480; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

On AT&T devices it Settings>Cellular -- that's all you have to do as all the options are openly displayed there.

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