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What is the biggest hassle if you lose or change your phone?

Copying over - or recreating - all your contact information is the biggest hassle for most people.

This ingenious and inexpensive SIM Saver Backup and copy device can save you much time and inconvenience.

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Clipper Gear SIM Saver
Backup and Copy Unit for GSM Cell Phones

An easy and affordable way to backup and copy the information on your phone's SIM or R-UIM card

This compact SIM and R-UIM Saver is wonderfully easy to use because the LCD screen walks you through the simple process and gives you helpful information about the data stored on your SIM or R-UIM.



You backup your computer data, don't you?  Well, so too you should with your phone.  And if you're changing wireless providers (eg from AT&T to T-mobile) you'll need to copy all your phone book data from one SIM to the other.

Here's a very simple, easy, and inexpensive way to back up, copy, and transfer the phonebook data off your GSM mobile phone's SIM card.

Update, Aug 05 :  This new improved model has three new features - easily replaceable longer life battery, LCD display, and ability to save both phone book and SMS data.  And all for the same price as the original SIM Saver units!


Clipper Gear's SIM Saver Backup and Copy Unit is a very compact and lightweight device.  It measures 2.25" x 1.5" x 0.5" and weighs 0.7 oz.

Operating the unit couldn't be simpler - there are two buttons, one for on/off and for confirming your choices, and the other for stepping through the various functions and options.  The LCD display clearly shows you what you're doing and prompts you for what to do next.

The unit is supplied complete with the 2032 size mercury battery it uses pre-installed, and has complete instructions to tell you how to use the unit.

The unit has a full one year warranty and comes packaged in a lovely presentation box with magnetic seal.


The Clipper Gear GSM SIM Saver unit is very easy to use.

Turn it on, put in a SIM or R-UIM card, and then simply copy the data from the card to the unit, or from the unit to the card.

You almost don't need to read the instructions - all you really need to know is graphically shown on the helpful clear LCD display.  The unit also shows you which way to insert the SIM, leaving nothing to chance and so, even if you lose the instructions, you'll still know what to do.

This unit is vastly simpler to operate than the SIM Backup 500 unit we reviewed before.  There is no need to bother about passwords or multiple commands or anything more complicated than the two buttons and LCD prompting.

Backing up takes 15 - 30 seconds to complete.  Restoring is slightly slower.

We use our unit primarily as a spare copy/backup of our main SIM card, holding all the phonebook data from the SIM card in the unit's memory, just in case we ever lose the phone or SIM card.  This stored copy can also be useful if we damage the SIM card itself, or if we need to copy data from one SIM to another.

Compatible with all GSM phones and their SIM cards

The unit will work with any SIM card from any GSM phone, even on other carrier's prepaid phones, and from anywhere in the world.  This makes it particularly helpful when you have multiple SIMs - a SIM for the US, perhaps several prepaid SIMs for elsewhere in the world, and a global roaming SIM as well.  You can easily copy and transfer your phone book data between all the different SIM cards.

The unit works with all types of SIMs including the newest 64kb SIMs as well as older 32kb and 16kb SIMs.

Also compatible with the cards in other cell phones too

The unit will also work with the new R-UIM cards (Removable User Identity Module) that are being used in some of the newest CDMA type phones.  You can even copy the data from a SIM to a R-UIM or vice versa.

Helpful Hints

Because I have several SIM cards with different phone directories, I have labelled each SIM Saver with the name of the SIM card it has stored inside it.

When you're adding phone numbers to your phone book, store the phone numbers in full international format.  Don't store local numbers as only seven digit or ten digit numbers.  That way, as you travel around the US, the phone will always correctly dial the phone numbers, and if you travel overseas, the phone will still know how to dial numbers.

Full international format means you start off with the international access code (the plus sign  +) then the country code, area code, and phone number.  So to save a US phone number, eg (206)555-1212, you'd use this sequence  +12065551212.

The unit will only work if you have turned the PIN code off on your SIM, so be sure that you have done this before using it.

Battery Life

The battery is quoted as having a life of at least three years and probably more.  And the data stored in the unit is preserved for a reasonable amount of extra time once the battery dies.

The battery is a standard 2032 type mercury/lithium watch type battery, and is very easily replaced without the need for tools or special skills.


The SIM Saver unit is very good value, with a retail price of only $19.95.

We like them so much we've decided to sell this unit ourselves.

Click to go to our 'store' page where you can purchase one of more SIM Savers (they make a great gift!) using Paypal and charging to your credit card or bank account.  A single $2.50 shipping charge is added, no matter how many items you buy or where in the world you'd like them shipped.

If you do lose your instruction manual, you're welcome to ask us at any time and we'll send you a PDF replacement copy.

You'll get an invaluable accessory to simplify the management of your cell phone name and number directory, and you'll be supporting The Travel Insider at the same time.

Other recommended cell phone accessories

We have two other products you might also want to consider.

The Clipper Gear Micro Light can be mounted on the back of your phone.  It is small and lightweight, and has two powerful LED lights in it - ideal for giving you light in an emergency.

The Clipper Gear Emergency Battery Recharger allows you to recharge your cell phone's battery, even if you're nowhere near a power source.  If you're like me, your phone's battery always dies at the most inconvenient moment.  Keep one of these handy for the next such occasion.


This is an easy to understand and easy to use device that provides a clear and valuable benefit if you have a GSM SIM or CDMA R-UIM based cell phone.


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Originally published 28 Sep 2004, last update 21 Jul 2020

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