Cutting a nano SIM for the iPhone 5
As you may well know, it's a big day today. The iPhone 5 is out, and people have been queueing up for hours to get their hands on one. Along with a slew of new features, it also takes a new SIM size, smaller than previously. It's been a very hot topic on our community to say the least, with people debating about whether or not it was possible to cut down a regular-size or micro SIM to fit a phone that takes a nano SIM. Now that the phone's out, our own Kim decided to join the masses lining up for their phone and put the debate to rest once and for all, in a campaign he coined #makethissimfit.
Many thanks to iClarified and Christian von der Ropp for the guide we used, available over here.
The contents of the box - including the new EarPods, the new Lightning sync cable, and the giffgaff SIM we'll be cutting down (although we provided that one ourselves!)
The first cut, and a sharp intake of breath
Alex and others crowd around to see how the process is going
The final cut! You may notice that it looks like Kim is cutting into the chip itself here, but don't be concerned - we're just trimming the copper contacts down, and the functionality of the chip (which is actually a lot smaller than the contact by itself) is unaffected.
The finished product
It fits into the tray! Kim's very proud of his handiwork. But will we get signal?
3G signal appears just as we're connecting to WiFi.
"Hey, Claire! Success!"
We've been testing it all morning, and everything works just great - 3G, calls, texts, everything that our goodybags provide. If you've just got your phone and you're looking into joining us, grab a free SIM here and give it a go! Some of our members on the community are also cutting SIMs down if you need one - have a look around and you may be able to get one pre-cut - and as it's from another member, you'll get an extra fiver on there as a thanks.
If you're going to try this one at home for your iPhone 5, cut carefully. As well as possibly cutting yourself with the scissors as they bite through the plastic, cutting too close could damage your SIM, or make it smaller than it needs to be so it won't make good contact in the phone - it's better to have a snug fit than a loose one. Also, of course - this is all at your own risk. If you cause any damage to your device, we can't take any responsibility - we're sharing our experience and yours may vary. Don't worry, though - if you do make a mistake and damage your SIM, you can order a replacement really easily through our site.
You may have seen people talking about sanding down SIMs, as the nano SIM specification is thinner than the current micro SIM. We found, though, the the iPhone 5 doesn't seem to care about this restriction - a full-thickness SIM will fit in just fine without any sanding. Just a few deft cuts and you're good to go with the magic of the iPhone 5 on giffgaff.
One last treat - Will T on the educator team has put together a short video showing him cutting down a nano SIM from a micro SIM in less than five minutes - check it out!
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