Gearing up for the new iPhone (News - Alert) 5? You may rather have to start preparing heavy self-injections of patience, as these handsets require a compatible nano-SIM card before use. So take a deep breath and know that you may have to hold out just a little while longer before getting your hands on one. Or do you?
The newest shiny addition from the Apple (News - Alert) tech gods once again have fans in a craze – two million, to be exact, who ordered the newest addition within the first 24 hours alone. “An awful lot of you are expecting your new handsets to land on September 21,” writes Adrian Kingsley-Hughes (News - Alert) on ZDNet.com, “But it seems that some of you are already anticipating a speed bump in your enjoyment of your new iPhone.”
That obstacle, of course, being its new and ultra petite nano-SIM card which the company has chosen to adopt. “If you're picking up an iPhone 5 and planning on having it replace your current handset, whether that be an iPhone or not, you're going to have to wait until you get your hands on a compatible nano-SIM from your carrier, and then wait for the carrier to transfer your account from the old SIM card to the new one,” Kingsley-Hughes explains.
But again, do you really?
One anticipating buyer recently posed a very interesting question suggesting some good old fashioned DIY work, asking:
What’s to stop me from cutting down my existing SIM to fit my new iPhone 5? I chopped a full-size SIM to fit into my iPhone 4 when that was released, so I don’t see why I can’t just do the same.
So what’s the quick answer, according to the author? “Technically, yes, you can,” he says. “The chip part of the SIM card is unchanged.”
The problem, however, lies in the plastic housing that it’s embedded into. The only difference seen in its predecessor – the micro-SIM – was its height and width card measurements. This made it very easy to simply chop off the excess plastic until it would properly fit. “It wasn’t really that tricky to do, and it wasn’t long until SIM cutters hit the market that allowed you to do the job in one go,” Kingsley-Hughes explains.
The nano-SIM is unfortunately not so easy, though, as it’s significantly smaller and an impressive 12 percent thinner (down from .76mm to .67mm). “It doesn’t sound like a lot, but if Apple had engineered the tolerance tight on the new SIM card tray, it could be enough to jam the SIM in the handset, or even damage the SIM or the handset.”
So while the short answer is yes, the insightful answer may be think again (or at least think long and hard about it) because once you begin, you could potentially wreak the SIM, meaning you will have to wait for a replacement SIM to have your handset be operable again. Even if not, you’ll inevitably be exposing your SIM to stresses that it is not designed to handle, says Kinglsey-Hughes.
“Personally, as much as I hate waiting, I’d either wait until I get a nano-SIM, or see what result other – more daring types – have in cutting down SIMs. If It turns out that the sanding is unnecessary then the whole endeavor becomes a lot easier.”
So when it comes down to it, this goes on a case-by-case basis. Think you have the agile precision and wit to pull it off? Go for it!
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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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