Standard Micro SIM can’t be cut into Nano SIM

Posted:  September 15, 2012   By:    20 comments   

Nano SIM iPhone 5 Malaysia

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.

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20 Comments for Standard Micro SIM can’t be cut into Nano SIM


Well that simplifies my choice then. Since its unlikely umobile will provide nanosim that means my next phone is a lumia 920.


Why must apple change it to nano sim?


    they patent the nano sim,earn extra more from the iphone fans.another profit way ahead to b trillion company soon….


    Apple has re invented the sim card


Apple wanna lead the run extraordinary and they would lose the market share in this way…….


just cut the micro sim then use sandpaper to make is thinner la..


Apple leads the way to exclusivity till it needs to exclude itself from its own micro-SIM masses.

Jump, Applers, jump!

Inner peace

R.I.P. Apple…

Orang Timur

It'll be nice if other phone manufacturers ignored this new nano sim "standard" introduced by Apple. Despite all the hassle, I still dont see any real advantage of having sim cards that small.

    Orang Barat

    Dare to be different…the really "first" thing in apple history than copy other n innovate them.


      Try to innovate or invent something useful, not to reinvent simcard size?!


        oh heck, reinvent simcard is a must as the size of iphone is become thinner and compact than before. Furthermore, bigger Simcard also no use because the phone only need that chip and not the extra cardboard around the chip.


          Well no, but the "extra cardboard" is necessary for pulling the sim card from devices that doesn't have "spring lock".


Cheh…who needs that?

Idderes Mh

Design iPhone 5 is too bad.


Although I do not own Apple products nor have a fanatical affinity for them, it must be made clear that nano SIM is an industry standard, not an Apple patent.

However, the non-NFC but nano-SIM phone just shows how much they love their loyal base.


Do it yourself guide to cut your Mini or Micro SIM in to Nano SIM for the iPhone 5 with a cutter, downloadable template, scissor and sandpaper only.


Cut a SIM??? How can anyone forking out for a mobile phone not have the $10 it costs for a brand-new fits-my-phone SIM? You gotta be nuts to try and shave down a PC board to save $10.