The great UK nano sim swap

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  1. thedoofa, Sep 14, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2012

    thedoofa macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2012
    So so far we have;

    Contract - O2 will have nano sims available to pick up in-store from Monday PM 17/9 - you can order online and via online chat. Sim swap via text is happening much quicker than online just Text 'swap' to 20220.
    PAYG - TBC

    Contract - Offering immediate sim swap to nano sim with a Microsim adapter in store for £5.11, but free in some cases.
    PAYG - nano-SIMs will be available in store from next Tuesday 18/9

    Existing customers can now order a nano SIM. Please contact CS via 150 and they'll arrange this for you.
    PAYG - TBC

    Contract - @TmobileUKHelp tweeted - Nano SIMs will be available to order from Friday and cost £10.21 :O
    PAYG - TBC

    Contract - You can order from Vodafone customer services.
    PAYG - TBC


    Giff Gaff
    No nano sims for "months" :/

    Contract - available from the 21/9
    PAYG - TBC

    Any more info post below and I'll update this post :D There is always the option of cutting your sim - risky but it is there
  2. logicpro7 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2006
    London UK
    Could i somehow use a o2 payngo nano sim on giffgaff seeing as they use the same network?

    If not, looks like i will be back on o2 until giffgaff sort themselves out
  3. dayloon macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2005
    Stafford, UK
    You forgot "Orange / T Mobile : Don't know what a nano sim is"
  4. inkhorn macrumors member


    Oct 8, 2009
    Add a line for number of people who've cut down their sim to nanosim size and have it working in their current phone with an adapter?

    I trimmed my standard sim down last night and have it working in my 3GS, so no delay when my pre-order arrives at work on the 21st :D
  5. flipshot macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2007
    Hertfordshire, UK
    No although they use the same network infrastructure they are still considered separate networks.
  6. Beanoir macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2010
    51 degrees North
    I'm going to try 3 again today (no joy with them yesterday) and see if they'll swap mine over for a nano.
  7. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
    No news from Tesco either :D

    They just say that it comes with the iPhone 5.
  8. gazzrenn macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Blackpool, UK
    I'm going to do this at my local Three store at lunchtime, so I'll let you know how I get on...
  9. thedoofa thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2012
    Been up since early this morning - need moar coffee!
  10. Lastof macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2007
    While most of O2's tweets say "In store on launch day", this one says "before". I suspect they don't know more than "launch day at the latest". A few hours ago they were they were saying we'd be able to order one with the phone from Apple (which I guess might be true once the rush dies down, but not this soon after launch).
  11. kapa1686 macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011

    Just contacted three, they saying that if you order a nano sim for existing contract now, they will deactivate the current sim.

    So best to order it 24-48 hours before you get the iPhone 5 according to the customer service rep.

    Unless you can get an adapter in the shop from them? Or elsewhere?
  12. shortcrust macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
  13. domodazzzle macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
  14. mac2thefuture macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2007
    Lancashire, North West, UK
    This is the news I've been waiting for - you can trim a sim to nano and it works???

    I thought the new tray on an iPhone 5 is thinner in depth - so concerned??

    If it works i'll be delighted.....:D
  15. gazpilot macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2008

    Just spoke to virgin C/S and they don't have them. Guess I'll cut down my £12 rolling month unlimited data sim.
  16. Lastof macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2007
    I just worried that the tray will be extremely tight fitting and we'll end up with horror stories of people managing to get their cut down, but a micron too thing, nano sims stuck inside/damaging the sim tray somehow/etc. It'll almost certainly be fine, but can you imagine the posts if it isn't.
  17. Zimpaz macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    I spoke to O2 online chat last night and apparently they are sending me a nano sim in the post. The guy did assure me it was a nano sim and not a micro sim. Im expecting to receive either nothing or a micro sim though....
  18. Arthur Daily macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2012
    I got a nano from Three (Camden) with adaptor yesterday £5.11
    Number transfer took 2 hours.
    Everything working fine.

    So to confirm, that's a Nano in a micro adaptor in an iPhone 4. WORKING.

    As for cutting:

    I've cut COUNTLESS mini's to micros for friends and family by hand, never used a punch (don't trust em)

    As for nano being 'thinner', remember with the iPhone 4 you could have a micro & gevey ontop.
    So there's a little play room in the iPhone 4 sim slot.

    I think if you cut a micro down it may slip into an iPhone 5 still, we won't know till we get our hands on the iPhone 5.
    But if not, a little rubbing on some fine sandpaper won't be so hard.
    Now we know the connector plates are constable.
  19. domodazzzle macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    according to this apparently so! Apparently the depth difference is about the size of a human hair so I doubt it'll cause much of an issue. I'm probably going to sand about a mm off the back with a nail file :3
  20. Lastof macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2007
    As the instructions note in the small print the difference in thickness is tiny, I think someone said it was about a tenth of a millimeter. So nothing really. It depends how much give the sim tray/reader/etc has.
  21. domodazzzle macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    How does the adapter work? Is it just plastic which makes the size bigger? and Does it change the gold contacts on the bottom atall or is there just a hole so the phone reads straight from the nano sim?
  22. Lastof macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2007
    Someone posted pictures somewhere earlier, I'm fairly sure it was just a hole for direct reading. The adapter just made it larger, and slightly thicker.
  23. 03sho macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2007
    Got mine for free from three just now with an adapter.
  24. domodazzzle macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    I was thinking of buying an adapter from 3 so I can cut my sim down now and put it back in my iPhone 4 for the time being but they don't have any in stock in my local 3 store D:
  25. scoobdriver macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2011
    Just cut my Orange sim down, meant actually cutting through the gold contacts carefully, (but I know the "chip" is only central under the gold contacts) .

    Still works in my full size sim phone with an adaptor, so I'm comfortable and a lot happier that I wont need to chase Orange for a new one now :)

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