Just thought I would post that the same thing happened to my Nexus S. I was testing out a micro-sim adapter and bent and broke the sim pins when pulling it out.
My phone is way out of warranty so I scoured the internet for the part to buy it online. I read this forum and had no luck with any of the sites that had the sim reader listed. They were all out of stock and from what I could tell it was not coming back anytime soon.
I managed to get the sim reader part out of my Nexus S using this awesome Nexus S teardown guide on ifixit.com
, which you can also use for other Nexus S repairs.
So, what I decided to do was to send emails to websites that claimed to fix Samsung phones, even if just locally to their area, and ask if they had the part. I was hoping that they might have some broken Nexus S phones or parts sitting around that they wouldn't think to put online. I attached the image from the ifixit guide of the sim card reader to make it easier for them to know exactly what I was talking about. After a bunch of "no, we don't have it" replies I got a "yes" from a place in New York City called Portatranics (portatronics.com
). The lady who I emailed with, Megan, was very helpful. To verify that they actually had it I had her send me a picture of the part next to a pen, which she happily complied to and I could easily see in the image that the sim pins were in great shape. They charged me $29 for it used, as-is which, considering the scarcity of the part, is not too bad. I paid them via PayPal and they are mailing it out to me today. Because I can now easily replace the part thanks to the ifixit.com guide I will just pop it in when it arrives. I will report back with the results.
Another option I had considered was buying just the sim reader slot part, like this one
, because it was slightly easier to find online. That way I could take it to a local electrician to have it soldered onto my existing chip. But, I started to shy away from this because most of those parts were located in China, Europe or Canada where the cost and time to ship to me (in the USA) was not something I wanted to endure.
I hope this might help someone who has unfortunately broken the sim pins on their Nexus S. So, I would suggest trying out Portatronics first as I had success with them. You can email them at email@example.com