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Tip: SIM Card on the DROID ULTRA and MAXX is Hidden in the Volume Rocker

If for some reason when you pick up or receive your new DROID ULTRA, you don’t have a chance to insert the SIM card yourself but later are curious as to where it is located, look no further than the Volume rocker. If you take a look around the device, you’ll notice no extra slot with a pin hole in it for the SIM, which has typically been the case over the last several years. Instead, Motorola is using the Volume rocker as a removable button/SIM card tray. Not only does this likely save space internally on such a slim phone, but it also helps clean up the exterior.

To access your SIM, all you need to do is slide a fingernail under the bottom middle of the Volume button, and you should find a little slit. From there, simply pry the entire tray out to free your SIM. To put it back, make sure the “UP” side is up and press until it clicks.

  • marklugtu1302

    Now this is smart.. guess that other OEMs will imitate this. Very minimalist that almost all of us kept guessing


    It’s minuscule innovation, but at least they’re trying.

  • Sporttster

    Found a spot for the sim but not one for a sd slot…..pass…..

  • Nathaniel Newman

    Well at least this means I don’t need a special tool to remove the SIM card. Too bad it’s still a Nano SIM.

  • Inquizitor

    It’s….IN the volume rocker?

    • Fozzybare

      that was the first thing i thought of

  • Rob Delaney

    Interesting on a design note but a concern on durability note. I wonder if using the volume rocker you have to push more to the very top of the up volume and the very bottom of the down volume to get the rocker to work best. I know I just tried on my HTC One and 5 and I tended to push more to the middle of the respective buttons.

  • jer85008

    It’s a Motorola, not Samsung. Not too worried about it breaking. And how often do you change a SIM card anyway?

  • Jeff

    Can we expect the full review of the Ultra today, Kellen? Interested in buying the MAXX in store tomorrow.

    • JMac726


      Is it possible to pre-order in-store? Or do they just use the online preorder when you do that? I haven’t online because I don’t want to wait till 8/27, but I’m concerned my store will be sold out tomorrow

    • LiterofCola

      Mine was just delivered! Having the wife charge that puppy up for when I get home

    • Avery Dejuan Herron

      Most of these phones are sent to them free by the companys they don’t buy them.

      • Jeff

        Yeah I know. He got the Ultra late last week so I was hoping to see a review before making MY purchase tomorrow.

      • Evan Knofsky

        He was saying he is interested in buying the MAXX and was curious on reading Kellen’s review

  • Jared Krinsky

    That is pretty clever. I just hope no one loses/breaks the volume rocker by accident and I hope that that it doesn’t lead to damaged volume buttons later on.

  • chris420o

    now if only it had a more edge to edge 1080p display and onscreen nav buttons and no chin with a more symmetrical design…i might actually like this phone

  • TruthHurtsTheWeak

    Just another reason why this crap line of VZW Droids is a joke. Just a matter of time before you idiots who think its a cool idea start cryin about button failure. I’ll post LOL in the comments of that article when its posted a week afer the garbage phones are released.

    • Mickey A Valentine

      Then you woke up:p

    • DroidzFX

      You cant call future LOLs just like you cant call future shotguns. Those are the rules of the universe.

      • jordanjay29

        Sure you can, it’s called ‘I told you so.’

        • stewie

          Have to agree, this is worse than the gold paint on the OG’s Camera Button …

    • LiterofCola

      you’re an idiot

  • Mapekz

    Nice, no need for one of those easily lost SIM card ejectors that ship with the Nexus 4 and cannot be as easily replaced.

    • Mickey A Valentine

      Paper clip

      • anezarati

        i thought i could use a paper clip on my n4, but it is actually too thick.

        • Mapekz

          That’s what she said, but yeah exactly. You need to use a clothespin or thumbtack or file down a cheapo iPad/iPhone ejector bought from eBay but they are all pointy and can poke holes through your bag/pocket/storage container.

        • Mickey A Valentine

          Really? Maybe a teeny hex wrench would work. I hate those slots, this design is so much better haha.

        • TylerCameron

          Thumbtacks work too. They use them in T-Mobile stores sometimes :p

  • Stnkycheezman

    Any news on costco pricing or bundling for the new droids?

    • Mapekz

      +1’d for no reason other than Stinky Cheese Man. I loved the crap out of that book as a kid.

  • Ray Gray

    thats very cool….until you lose your volume rocker then your SOL

    • LiterofCola

      why would you lose a volume rocker?

      • Ray Gray

        Why do people lose their car keys because shiit happens

        • Clift

          Yeah but with car keys you get to where you’re going then set them down. So you could potentially forget them somewhere, forget where you put em, the dog runs off with them, etc. With this you would be changing out by our sim exactly how often? Even then I would think that’s its a continuous process… Pop out sim cover, remove sim, put new sim in, pop in sim cover. If you have to stop and go make a sandwich or go visit with friends or whatever in the meantime that’s on you and not really a “normal” usage case… If there could be a normal case for something most people will never do anyway.

          • Bryan

            I thought he meant that your volume rocker/SIM slot could fall out without you realizing it, not that you would take out it intentionally, and then misplace it.

        • htowngtr

          That still makes no sense. If the volume rocker has been removed then logic would dictate you’d put it back in after you had removed it.

    • Jordan Webb

      Yeah, then you have to order a new one for $1. The humanity!

      • Ray Gray

        That’s not the point I was trying to make how will you change your volume until the new one arrives

        • Cory

          Using the volume settings panel on the screen, of course. I’d be more worried about covering the slot to keep water/debris from getting in.

        • Ed Waters

          You can go to Settings:Volume

          • Ray Gray

            Duh lol sometimes I forget what’s included in stock android since I’m always on different Roms plus it’s Monday morning

  • Matthew Yourchisin

    I underestimated the sneakiness.

  • MK17

    The SIM card is in the volume rocker.


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  • Imhowie

    That is a clever way of avoiding making a panel for it on the side. I’m all for cleaner designs.

    • hkklife

      Yeah, I agree it’s a very elegant and clever solution. It’s just a shame they couldn’t have squeezed in a microSD slot in there somewhere as well.

      • TylerChappell

        They could have. They just chose not to.

      • Big_EZ

        Maybe in the power button?

      • kindrudekid

        The way android is moving towards it seems is security, espicially with introduction of multiuser, file permissions needs to be set and fat32 cannot achieve this, ext3/4 can.

        You can say other tablet has it true. but for security reasons it is a smart move to avoid haveing support people who do not care for this. and also u can say format the sd card in ext3/4 but average user often will end up inserting it on a windows machine which it wont be able to mount, which is further hassle for android.

        i’m all for internal storage only, just start with minimum 16 gb, the nexus 8 gig was stupid move

  • MK17
  • Ed Waters

    Which type of SIM card do the New Moto Droids use – micro or mini?

    • htowngtr

      IIRC it is Nano (at least on the X).

    • T4rd

      Neither; Nano.

    • kixofmyg0t

      All of them, from Maxx to Mini(X included) use Nano SIM.

      Don’t let Verizon scam you into paying for that either. You can do what I did and use a $6 SIM cutter. My local Verizon is STILL convinced that the only phone that uses Nano SIM is the iPhone 5 and to get a nano SIM I need a “new data plan”.

      • chris420o

        i LOL’d at this

      • BSweetness

        Corporate Verizon stores don’t charge for SIM cards (and if yours does, they’re not supposed to), and they’ll freely give them out to customers who need a different one for their phone.

        Authorized retailers often charge for them though.

        • King Lo

          I avoid authorized retailers like the plague. They never have the latest anything and they’re always trying to convince you to buy some random case.

          • Nathaniel Newman

            I went to my local Authorized dealer , I mean retailer. They told me EVERY case they sell is $19+. They showed me a case for my S4 that didn’t fir right and looked like it cost them $1. Mark up I think so! They even tried to hit me up with a $3 “convenience fee” for paying my bill in cash. They then said they’d waive it, but not to tell anyone! (I hate that shhh it’s a secret, crap!)

    • Ed Waters

      Thanks everyone. I am thinking about getting a MAXX, but I really don’t need another new sim card that doesn’t fit in my older devices (without an adapter) making it a PITA to switch back and forth between devices.

  • htowngtr

    Nice feature… Kellex, do you know if they’re releasing dev versions of these phones or not?

  • NexusPhan69

    I think that’s brilliant. I hope it doesn’t lead to premature button failure. Nobody wants that. I hope Moto did some serious endurance testing on that button.

    • Michael Harrison

      That would be my biggest concern. But, at the same time it would be easily replaceable also.

      • michael arazan

        Yeah it doesn’t look flimsy at all.

        You’d think with all the space opened up you would have enough room for 2 SD slots now!

    • Mayoo

      That is indeed a concern, but I think the rocker is made more solid than it would without a SIM card.

      +Micheal Harrison is right too, easy replaceable.

    • MichaelFranz

      or instead of pressing the button tell google now to turn off volume and set vibrate 🙂

    • Jon

      Yep….”I have a bad feeling about this.”

  • Michael Harrison

    Now that’s pretty neat!

    • T4rd
      • EC8CH

        Lenny and Chuck Testa should get together and do a video…

        Gee golly would that ever be Neat!

      • Sam Freistedt

        Hilariously Neat! I love it.