AT&T readies its micro SIM cards for the iPad & iPhone

AT&T readies its micro SIM cards for the iPad & iPhone
There is no denying that Apple is definitely making their products unique to all others – especially now more than ever with the introduction of the micro SIM card. GSM phone owners worldwide who've been accustomed to using their friendly sized SIM cards will have to forgo their little friends in favor of the relatively unused micro SIM cards in order to use either the iPad or upcoming next generation iPhone. AT&T stores have started receiving these small bundle of joys in time for the Apple iPad 3G launch and looks to be basically your ordinary sized SIM card with perforations to outline the micro SIM card. Unfortunately there are literally zero devices outside Apple's pride and joys that rely on using this nontraditional standard, but when it comes to anything Apple, consumers will have to cave in and switch in order to experience all the wonders of these two Apple products.

source: BGR & Engadget


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12 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ok, so maybe you guys had it correct when you told us that the new iphone has a slot for the micro-SD card....my bad, as I thought you had meant microSD card. WOW, so AT&T can no no longer sim swap to other devices if the new iphone uses micro SD cards. And, they will no longer whine about the 30.00 smartphone requirement as they currently do when swapping their normal SIM into BLACKERRYs and other PDAs. Yippe......Also, AT&T stores do not sell the iPAD, so that leaves us with the obvious upcoming device for which the microSIMs are for.

9. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

There was never any information about "MicroSD card"... it is "Micro-SIM Card"... and the new iPhone will NOT have microSD cards.

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Do they do anything different or are they just smaller. WOw so know you have to use a apple product and you cant put your sim into a different phone if your phone breaks. That is cunning. I dont see the point unless they really need the space in a phone i hope somebody makes a adapter if it will be possable. OOPS sombody beet me too it while i was typing

6. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

instead of a capacity of 250 contacts they have the capacity of 1000 contacts. from what i understand they also can store sms, but im not sure on that one. most importantly they will be what stops people from unlocking the new iphone and using it on tmobile because at&t can request the phone makers to accomodate the new micro sim which will make people more likely going to them because they wont have the option to use a standard sim. here's hoping for third party microsim to standard sim adaptors

3. merkeke

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 03, 2009

you people do understand that LTE is going to use sim cards, right?

7. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Yes we do understand that...but y o u might not understand that LTE phones won't be ready until mid to late 2011......!!!!!

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I believe, that LTE will be using these same MICRO SIM cards...so, AT&T and APPLE are gearing up for another run. Next year we will see an IPHONE 4G phone with AT&T.....

10. merkeke

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 03, 2009

you never know if its going to be an LTE iphone; it would be backwards for 3g...just sayin'

12. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Anyone know for sure when LTE does launch if all sim enabled phones will be compatible with other LTE carriers? Ex: Use an ATT phone on VZW and vice versa? I was told it will be possible but I have credibility issues with the source...

4. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

Do I spy with my little eye, Transformer Soundwave in the background??

5. Manifest78

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

LOL, I was thinking the same thing!

11. idontcare

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 06, 2010

My guess as to the the real reason for the use of Micro-Sim would related to the plans offered with the iPad. Specifically one of the options is for non-contract, unlimitted 3g data for only $29.95 a month. Now consider someone who is currently paying $60 for 5gb of usage with a Dataconnect plan, they could simply get a sim card for an iPad plan and have unlimitted data for half the cost.

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