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SIM Tray Stuck, lever not working, paperclip can't pull it out

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I am having extreme difficulty freeing the SIM card from my iPhone 4. Bent the Apple SIM Tool in the process. Opened up the back and found that the lever has been dislodged (an empty hole where the pivot is supposed to be at).

Tried pulling it out with a makeshift paperclip hook but it hasn't budged even after applying enough force to cut my fingers off.

I'm comfortable with disassembling the %#*@ thing but the logic board cannot be removed with the SIM tray in place. Seems like a catch 22. Any advice please, guys?

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Brought it to a metal vise with the angled paper clip (since my fingers didn't provide enough traction and would just straighten it out instead), clamped one end of the paperclip and pulled *hard* on the phone.

SIM doesn't budge an inch. Paperclip comes right out basically straightening itself from the tray hole. There are tiny flecks of metal around the hole.

I should probably mention the SIM card was cut from a regular sized one but popped out from various iPhones for years without a hitch.

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Your best bet is to get the SIM tray out by prying against this ridge:

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Do so by prying here:

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If you're confident in disassembly, that's the safest way. You only have to remove screws up to the board level (no ribbons for components on exterior, etc). Once you remove all the screws you'll be able to push the sim out from the opposite side or literally remove the board using the sim tray as an anchor to pull itself out.

I definitely wouldn't go hacking away at this unless it's with a #00 screwdriver. You damage the sim reader on that model and it's SMT (surface mount soldering) and from what it sounds like you don't want to go there lol.

Be gentle. Don't go at it with pliers...please!

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The problem with disassembly is that the SIM try must be removed to remove the logic board, which is hiding the SIM tray. Kind of a catch 22.

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Thanks guys, I'll give both suggestions a try and report back on how things go.

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I cannot get my Tray out of My Apple IPhone 4. I have tried with a paper clip and a small screwdriver with no luck, What can I do?

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