The iPhone 5 uses the new Nano SIM which supposedly is different from your typical SIM cards. Its maker had earlier mentioned that one can’t simply cut a nano SIM from standard SIM cards because of its 15% reduction in thickness. Some have suggested shaving off 0.09mm by using sandpaper to match the nano SIM dimensions.
While that sounds like a lot of hassle, it seems that the thickness is something you need not worry about as many has tried using their cut out nano SIMs without any issues. @l33tdawg from HITB has confirmed that the Nano SIM can be cut from the standard sim and it will work fine on the iPhone 5. It was said that the iPhone 5 has sufficient depth so there shouldn’t be any issues having your freshly cut nano SIM stuck in the phone. Head over to HITB to check out the iPhone 5 review.
CNet Asia which earlier showed a guide about cutting and shaving the Nano SIM to spec also has confirmed that thickness does not matter. As long as the dimensions fit into the tray, you should be able to use it without issues.
So there you have it. Instead of paying for a telco issued nano-SIM card, you now have a cheaper option to cut it out with a puncher. If the makers of nano SIM intended to make thickness as a deterent to self-cutting, they have obviously failed to do so with the iPhone 5. While it works for the iPhone 5, this technique might not necessary work with future nano SIM devices that has less tolerance on height.
Thanks to @l33tdawg for the tip!
UPDATE: Cut out Nano SIM works on the iPhone 5. Read about it here.
Those wanting to their iPhone 5 soon would probably be getting it from the first wave countries such as Singapore. While it is simple to think that a Nano SIM can be cut out from a standard Mini or Micro SIM, think again.
Giesecke & Devrient, the makers of the Nano SIM says that this is not possible. They have mentioned:
“As you surely know some people have cut down a “conventional” SIM (2FF) in a MicroSIM (3FF) with a knife or with a pair of scissors. Sometimes it has worked, sometimes not. Reason that this method functioned was that the 2FF and the 3FF SIM card has the same thickness. The thickness of the Nano-SIM is reduced by about 15 percent – so we think that a reducing only in size is not working.
Backward compatibility with older device models is ensured by an adapter solution that allows the Nano-SIM to be integrated into all established mobile devices for universal use.”
The thickness of standard SIM cards is 0.76mm, which is the reason why self cutting or SIM puncher makers work well to convert mini-SIM to micro-SIM. However the new nano SIM is only 0.67mm thick. While there’s a small chance that you can force it to fit by shaving some thickness off but you would risk having the SIM card damaged or worse, having it stuck on the nano SIM tray.
It is recommended to get the proper nano-SIM issued from telcos but so far nobody has announced its availability yet. The local telcos should consider offering it soon since there are number of Malaysians are getting their iPhone 5 from oversea sources.
While all 3 players Celcom, DiGi and Maxis are offering Micro SIM, we have always wondered when is U Mobile’s turn. Today they have answered the call by announcing the availability of U Mobile’s own Micro SIM. The best part is that conversion of SIM is FREE by visiting any U Mobile service centre nationwide.
According to the its CEO, Dr. Kaizad Heerjee, U Mobile recognises the need to provide producs and service which are compatible with the latest device to enhance the user experience. By saying that, U Mobile indeed is looking at fulfilling the users of iPad 3G and also the iPhone 4.
U Mobile offers one of the most affordable 3G broadband plans with 2GB going for RM40 a month. Now they are even having a promotion that comes with a free modem. This is worth considering if you’re within their 3G coverage.
Looks like things are finally moving at U Mobile. Just recently they have also started commercial roll out of HSPA+ which is expected to expand beyond its HQ Berjaya Times Square in the coming weeks.
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DiGi now offers its Prepaid Internet starter pack in Micro SIM format via its online store. Couple of weeks back, DiGi announced the availability of Micro SIM as a replacement of existing sims. If you have the need for cheap internet on devices like the iPad 3G, this could be a worthy solution.
DiGi prepaid internet Micro SIM kit is sold at RM25 and it comes with 5 days preloaded internet usage worth RM10. On an average, it only costs RM2/day to get online but the minimum top up is RM10 or 5 days straight. Other denominations are RM30, RM50 and RM100 with 15, 25 and 50 days access respectively. However like any prepaid internet offering from DiGi, the max speed is capped at 384kbps. If you need anything faster, we suggest looking somewhere else.
To order yours with free delivery, click here.
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Celcom Axiata is offering the micro SIM nationwide starting from October onwards. Selected Blue Cube outlets will be offering it as well. Although Celcom is not bundling any iPhone 4 or iPad 3G at the moment, they are obviously wanting to cash in on the new devices with this SIM format.
For new broadband subscribers, it is believed that you can select micro SIM instead of the normal SIM for free.
So iPhone 4 and iPad 3G users, you now have a 3rd choice with Celcom.
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We’re feeling the iPhone 4 buzz in Malaysia getting more intense as we move closer and closer to the speculated launch date.
The Micro SIMs from DiGi has been available since September 9 and requires you to pay a “SIM replacement” fee of RM20. To get a Micro SIM from DiGi, all you need to do is walk-in to selected DiGi Centres and request a Micro SIM replacement. For a list of DiGi Centre from where you can get a Micro SIM, click here.
Looks like both telcos are gearing for the iPhone 4 launch and the competition between the two will be fierce, the question is, who will break the word first.
Either way, which telco would you get your iPhone 4 from?
UPDATE: DiGi officially offers Micro SIM, read about it here.
We think whatever the result is, postpaid or prepaid, the poll is purely academic because at the end of the day DiGi will introduce micro SIMs and they will offer it for both postpaid and prepaid plans eventually.
The jury’s still out on that but we’re pretty sure that the introduction of Micro SIMs into the local market from two telcos carrying the iPhone is not merely a ploy to “welcome” iPad 3G early adopters. It could very well mean alot more than that.
Maxis has officially announced that it will be offering the anticipated Micro SIM which is required for iPad 3G and the upcoming iPhone HD/4G. According to the press release, Maxis customers can get the Micro SIM format at any 31 Maxis Centres Nationwide.
The Micro SIM is available however for the following plans:
Mobile Internet Data
This is well thought of ahead of the International release of the iPad which has yet to reach Malaysia. So if you got your hands on an iPad 3G, it is no longer necessary to custom cut your sim card with a butcher knife.
Looking ahead, could this signal Maxis being the official carrier for the iPad in Malaysia? Or could it mean that Maxis is preparing well ahead for the upcoming iPhone HD/4G.
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