Shortly after Apple announced the iPhone 5 on-stage last Wednesday, we confirmed that the company had chosen to go with the nano-SIM card as its new standard to support LTE. This evening we’ve gotten a look at the first official nano-SIM card from AT&T, the world’s biggest iPhone carrier. Above, you’ll see the 76mm of plastic you’ll surely become familiar with over the next few days. As you can see the nano-SIM looks to be roughly 40% smaller than the micro-SIM, which was first debuted on the iPad 3G.
Last week we got a look at another US carrier, T-Mobile’s nano-SIM. T-Mobile launched an agressive campaign trying to persuade unlocked iPhone customers to come over to its Magenta network for “big savings.” For those across the pond, we also got a look at Vodafone’s nano-SIM offering last week.
For those who won’t don’t want to contact their carrier to pick-up a nano-SIM card, Cnet Asia explained the tedious process of cutting down a micro-SIM to nano-SIM standards, this afternoon. It’s certainly nothing like cutting SIM to micro-SIM, as sanding is required to get the card down to the proper thickness. Cnet explained:
I’m happy to report that the card, even at 0.70mm, continued to work when inserted in an HTC One X. Sanding the non-metal side of the micro-SIM did not appear to affect how it functions. Do note that in the process, the fine dust from the sanding smells terrible and may irritate your nose, so wear a face mask if you are going to attempt this.
As of now, this micro-SIM’s length and width has not been cut down to become a nano-SIM, simply because there’s no iPhone 5 to test it with. I will finish the job and test it out once Apple’s smartphone is available later this week.
On a related note, CNN posted a great graph showing where the iPhone will have 4G LTE coverage in the U.S.
Now we just need a look at Verizon’s nano-SIM card. (Sprint LTE somehow skirts the need for one.)
PhoneDoggot a look at the front of the packaging a few hours ago: