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.
P1 now offers a new MiFi personal hotspot which claims to offer higher performance. The new device that carries the model number MX230 comes in a perfect square design with slimmer profile that’s somewhat similar to the huddle XS.
Compared to the earlier MF230, the new MX230 is heavier at 75g (MF230: 62g) but it is able to connect up to 8 devices simultaneously, which is great for sharing with your peers. The built-in battery is said to last up to 6 hours.
Both MF230 and MX230 are offered on rental basis bundled with 24 months contract of 6GB ToGo 69 plan for RM69/month. The MF230 is being offered for free while the new MX230 requires RM100 modem upgrade free. As a special promo, they are offering additional RM200 rebate (RM10x 20 months) and another extra RM50 off if you sign up online. ToGo 69 plan offers uncapped speeds on best effort basis.
For more information, head over to P1 MiFi page.
UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that the 1Malaysia Valuepack comes with hidden restrictions (Read FAQ #10). Valuepack generally allows unused bundled calls/sms/data to be carry forward but the same benefits do not apply for 1Malaysia valuepack. If you are using the previous Valuepack 68/150, you would need to top up with a minimum of Valuepack 68 or else you will lose all your accumulated talktime, SMS and data. This is a tricky situation which some of our readers are caught off guard. Thanks Leongwhg for highlighting.
Yes now adds a new 1Malaysia valuepack into its prepaid broadband offering that offers 1GB of data for just RM25/month. This is seen as a low entry monthly commitment option that compliments the current Valuepack 68 which offers 3.5GB for RM68 and Valuepack 150 with 10GB for RM150.
While it seen as RM5 cheaper than the standard pay as you go Yes prepaid rates of RM30 for 1GB (3 sen per MB), the
valuepack comes with its own advantage such as the ability to bring forward unused data to the following month. For example if you only used 500MB this month, the following month you will have a total of 1.5GB provided that you top up before the expiry of the valuepack. In addition, Yes is bundling free 100 minutes of voicecall and 300 SMS but that’s only limited to numbers within the Yes network.
For those who are on existing valuepack, this 1Malaysia valuepack is the cheapest way to keep your accumulated data and calls validity active. For more information, head over to Yes Valuepack page.
UPDATE: As pointed out by reader apple7, Oct 26 is a public holiday (Hari Raya Haji) which isn’t an ideal launch date. We could be seeing a different iPhone 5 launch date for Malaysia when the roll out approaches.
UPDATE 3: iPhone 5 officially announced for Malaysia on 14th December.
The recently announced iPhone 5 will be available commercially starting next Friday where our neighbour Singapore will be among the first in the world to have it. While Malaysia’s availability is still unknown, word has it that we will be getting it sooner that expected.
Malay Mail has reported that Malaysia will be getting the iPhone 5 on October 26, according to one of their industry sources. That’s just slightly more than a month away from now. However the only caveat is that the tentative launch date may get pushed if demand is higher than expected. They added that if demands are within Apple’s projection, the October 26 launch date for Malaysia and other selected countries should remain unchanged.
Apple has constantly increasing their international iPhone roll out speed and if the October 26 date is true, other smart phone players would need to step up their game especially when it comes to Malaysian availability. Samsung recently has shown faster releases in Malaysia with their Galaxy S III being available in Malaysia in less than a month after its announcement in May. Hopefully they too will be releasing their upcoming Galaxy Note II soon before the iPhone 5 reaches Malaysia.
In terms of iPhone 5 pricing, we don’t expect any difference compared to the iPhone 4S that starts from RM2,199 for the 16GB version. In Singapore, the iPhone 5 pricing on Apple Store is identical to last year. If you’re planning to get one from down south, it is much expensive now because of the current exchange rate.
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