In a very similar kind of predicament. I have an old Samsung SGH-E317 clamshell-style cell phone with pictures on it that I'd like to transfer to a computer (MAC or desktop). I've tried lots of things. Purchased a "data-sync cable". Didn't do anything. Took the phone and its SIM card to a CVS pharmacy with a photo department and got nowhere. Tried installing newer SIM cards from other phones in order to temporarily activate it and that didn't work. Contacted Consumer Cellular, Verizon and AT&T to see if I could get the old phone activated/back in service again and they all said "No". Was about to purchase a SIM card reader but read a lot of negative reviews and read that the photos aren't stored on the SIM card anyway. I thought they may have been on the SIM card. Tried all the options I can think of and all the options cellular service providers gave me and am having no luck. Any help/further recommendations would be dearly appreciated. And please give as much detail as possible.