Apple launched the iPhone 5 last week and one of things that stood out was the company's decision to use the all-new nano-SIM format.
We've covered the nano-SIM in detail
, explaining how it differs from the regular SIM used in majority of phones, and the micro-SIM standard that made its debut in the iPhone 4. The initial belief was that since the nano-SIM differs in thickness from regular SIM/ micro-SIM, making a DIY nano-SIM may not be as simple a project that a regular SIM to micro-SIM conversion was. That may yet change.Reader lucas was the first to suggest
that the since difference in thickness was just 0.09mm, you should be able to reduce the micro-SIM to its metallic only part and scrub down the extra 0.9mm with a sand paper. Now the folks over at CNET
seem to have done just that. The resultant nano-SIM worked just fine when put back in a HTC One X that accepts micro-SIMs.
To find out whether this 'scrubbed' nano-SIM works with the iPhone 5 we'll have to wait until Friday, when people start getting their hands on the phone and experiment with this stuff. CNET also noted that Chinese vendors have started selling nano-SIM cutters
. Again, the effectiveness of these is unknown.
So if you are in India or any of the countries where the iPhone 5 won't go on sale until later, it might actually be worth having your friends/ family get you a unit without worrying about the nano-SIM. But you may want to hold the decision to purchase until later this week when we'll find out for sure.