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Are these AT&T micro-SIM cards meant for an LTE iPhone 5?

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Are these AT&T micro-SIM cards meant for an LTE iPhone 5?
Well, well... look what an anonymous tipster just slid under our door! It appears that AT&T is about to receive a whole new batch of micro-SIM cards. What is so special about them you ask? That they are LTE-enabled, as it becomes evident from the spy shots that we have embedded below.

Now, one of the possible explanations to this is that the new micro-SIM cards are meant to be installed in the upcoming Nokia Lumia 900, which as we know will fly on AT&T's 4G LTE network. However, can you think of another smartphone that uses micro-SIM cards? The iPhone 4S, of course, and its successor, which might be known as the iPhone 5, is most definitely going to use micro-SIM cards as well. Unless Apple decides to jump straight to nano-SIM cards, that is.

Our point is that since AT&T is now getting LTE micro-SIM cards, this could be an indication that the next iPhone will finally support 4G LTE connectivity. Quite a long shot, we know, but hey, the guys at Morgan Stanley also believe that the iPhone 5 will boast an LTE radio. On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 900 is expected to launch on March 18, while a new iPhone iteration is far from likely to make an appearance before WWDC in June. That being said, the chips that you see in the photos are more likely meant for the former smartphone, but then again, we don't really know for sure. What do you, guys and girls, think?

Thanks goes to our tipster!

AT&T is about to get a new batch of LTE-enabled micro-SIM cards
AT&T is about to get a new batch of LTE-enabled micro-SIM cards
AT&T is about to get a new batch of LTE-enabled micro-SIM cards

AT&T is about to get a new batch of LTE-enabled micro-SIM cards


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posted on 10 Feb 2012, 06:41 6

1. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


i can already see the headlines when the i5 comes
''new innovative lte option its never been done before''

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 06:53 5

3. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


this changes everything again!
Because android had had high res screens, duelcore processors, and lte long before apple did!!!!!!!

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 07:15 4

5. thegadgeteur (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The "Android had it first" argument is getting old. It's a given that Android is always going to have the latest and greatest hardware technology that pushes boundaries. At the same time, Android will also have all the issues that come along with bleeding edge technology, in this case with LTE, terrible battery life. It's not bad per say, but just because Android is first doesn't make it inherently better.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:01 5

14. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


the argument will end when apple stops taking credit for everything.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:45 1

26. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


Terrible battery life you say? Say that to my extended battery.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 06:52 5

2. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Wow... this headline is just great.. while there is presumably 10% for these "new" micro-sim cards to be for the iPhone 5 (or whatever it is supposed to be called) and around 90% for them to be for the Lumia 900, you must presume that they are for the iPhone? Really?

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 07:04 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea, I can think of another phone that uses Micro-sim cards, the NOKIA 710 WP7 PHONE. Seriously? its a little early in the year to get your hopes up for a i5 "sim card". WP7 phones are about to hit LTE and are already using Micro-sims. And there is no reason why android phones might not convert over. What a stupid rumor.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 13:08 1

21. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I smell the iphone 4G (not 5) and then 4GS

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 07:46

6. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


we just got those and they are to give the iphone 4/4s better connctivity... yes i work for att and know there not for a darn iphone 5. im holding one rite now lol!!!

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 07:52 1

7. dha_george (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


the pantech burst and element both are lte and they use a micro sim card so i am pretty sure that is why att is getting those sim cards

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:10 3

8. AndresJ (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Why can't all sim cards be the same(size), it's stupid if you want to change phones you need to have different sim.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:22

9. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


um... all at&t SIM card's are LTE capable. if it has a "25" for the 9th and 10th digit, it is LTE capable. all this shows is they changed the color like they always do.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:30

10. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I was at ATT yesterday and I think the LG Nitro they had required a Micro. The guy at the counter was complaining because the customer was upgrading and had the normal SIM.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 10:28 1

13. djg71087 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Oct 2010)


Possibly, but the Pantech Burst and the Element tablet both take the Micro SIM. (eventually you will probably see all LTE devices use a Micro SIM, hardware manufactures need all the space they can get).

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:22 2

19. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


the LG Nitro HD doesn't have an Micro SIM card that's a fact. The only phones that use a micro sim to date is the iPhone 4, 4S, Pantech Burst, Pantech Pocket. That's it.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 09:33 1

11. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Could be the iPad 3 too perhaps?

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 10:13

12. Chasers (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


I work for Radio Shack and we have had these for a few weeks. The new Pantech Burst uses them.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:03 1

15. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


keep dreaming about 4g iphone users. ill just keep living the dream.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:03 3

16. devon613 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


this guy is an idiot i am a manager at att and we sale the new pantech android and it has micro sim cards we get a new batch every week for two of the pantechs we sale all the phones we have are going to switch to it

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:14 2

17. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


I'm an AT&T employee. Those micro sims have already been out for a long time. At least the last 3-4 months since the new 4G sims were released. Any new iPhones purchased as of last month already have these new micro sims pre installed. This is nothing new on AT&T's part.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:16 3

18. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Besides if the iPhone 5 boasts LTE it's going to be the end of this year before it's released. and that's an "IF". With the Foxconn factory problems I don't see this happening any time soon.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 12:49 1

20. BLikens1619 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Apr 2008)


The new Sony Xperia Ion will sport the micro sim card.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 13:43 1

22. Axtell (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


2 existing LTE devices in AT&T's arsenal already take microsim cards: the pantech burst phone and element tablet. Suggesting that the arrival of these cards indicates the next iPhone will have LTE and that's the impetus for stores receiving them either indicates (a) ignorance of existing inventory, or (b) wild, baseless speculation meant to drive page views.

Either way, a piss poor attempt at 'journalism'.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 13:56 1

23. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I can see this LTE with Apple a huge problem. Remember when Apple , Microsoft and others got together against Google to win the pataints for sale? Apple only wanted the LTE pataints and I think they are going to wait to LTE phones hit the masses then start a whole new batch of suing.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 14:20 2

24. devon613 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


i dont think he knows that atts iphone has 4g speeds... hspa+ which is 4g speeds so all the 4s's have that sim card ...tired of iphone non sense get a clue before u post a story.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 14:49 1

25. 05blacksrt4 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


This article here is full of FAIL!!!

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 18:52

27. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Horrible article the lumia 900 has micro sim LTE and other devices as well. The assumption these are for the iPhone5 is just some horrible attempt to start a rumor. Save this for your blog.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 22:18

30. 05blacksrt4 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


My bad computer glitched thumbs up!

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 20:10

28. miladkhahil (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Dec 2008)


Who cares ,Apple don't ...and Stills making all the Money despite what all you iPhone haters say .... Smell the roses :

Apple is the world’s largest company by market estimations, surpassing Exxon Mobil by nearly $60 billion, as the oil giant’s market value is around $401 billion.

Amazingly, Apple is now bigger than Microsoft and Google combined in market value, which alone is telling. Apple has a market cap of nearly $460 billion, while Microsoft ($258 billion) and Google ($199 billion) combine for around $457 billion.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:08 2

31. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


You're right about Apple surpassing Exxon Mobil. Instead of innovatiing technology that's released, like for example the 4S. It was suppose to be the iPhone 5 with LTE. So they released a phone that was a year behind in technology and same screen size of 3.7". All their billions of dollars is being spent/wasted in court battles because they're losers and want to elimate all competition.They could use that many in building phones that are current in technology and fixing the issues with the Foxconn factories. I'm guessing you love Apple. Well, I'm wondering who died making your iPhone? You want to talk about Apple in this manner, but don't even see the bigger picture. Apple is nothing more than a Blood Diamond company. LOL @05blacksrt4 you forgot that not only having the most dropped calls, also the most OS crashes. There's a study done on that too. The problem surrounding Foxconn is going to hurt Apple's PR. You'll see.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 12:55

32. 05blacksrt4 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Damn got me on that one troy haha

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 22:17 2

29. 05blacksrt4 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


True that apple may have surpassed google but at the same time what type of benefits do you get with a apple? Siri? Naw not really we have the google option that doesnt talk back or cuss out our child. But in all reality people hate on the iphone because of the fact one it is the phone with the MOST dropped calls out of any phone on the market. Secondly why spend 199.99 for a small screen, easily breakable 3g phone capable of 4g speeds non expandable memory when you can spend 199.99 for a LTE phone that you can expand the memory on and have a bigger screen? But again this article is full of fail!!!!

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