Setting up iPhone 5 without a SIM card...or Help me find a nano-SIM!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by turbodelta, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. turbodelta, Dec 6, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012

    turbodelta macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
    Hi all,

    I'm waiting on delivery of a iPhone 5, and have just started worrying about the need for a nano sim for activation. Is it required by iTunes/iPhone/iOS 6?

    The phone is an unlocked version, I don't have a US contract and can only get a pay as you go sim while I'm here in the US. what are my options.

    I did consider getting a at&t nano sim off eBay in case it was required, and eventually activate it with a go phone number I have...

    Otherwise I herd tmobile I heard are starting to sell nano sims...I heard speaking to customer service is the only way o get one sent to you...

    Any suggestions are appreciated,

    Ciao :)

    Edit: An idea I had is to get an unactivated H2O wireless nanosim (they have good coverage here) as I can get one for 1$ shipped and cut down to a nano sim size, I'll just need to activate it if I want another US number..
  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    You need to put a SIM in the phone to activate it. It can be from any carrier though (as you have an unlocked phone) and it doesn't have to be "active" (it could be an old one that has expired or been cancelled).

    AT&T does not officially allow you to use an iPhone on a prepaid plan, so T-Mobile may be a better bet.
  3. turbodelta thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Buy a regular Sim and cut it down yourself to size?

    That's what happens when u live on the bleeding edge!
  5. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    Just find a micro sim and cut it down to fit.
  6. turbodelta thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
    It just seems a bit silly to have to resort to DIY sim reduction with a phone that is worth a reasonable amount...:confused:

    I'm surprised providers haven't got nano sims available for prepaid phones

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