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

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?

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Lumia 900
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1830 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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32 Comments

1. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

3. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

5. thegadgeteur

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

14. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

26. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

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

2. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 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?

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

21. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

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

6. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 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!!!

7. dha_george

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 27, 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

8. AndresJ

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 06, 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.

9. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 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.

10. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

13. djg71087

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 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).

19. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

11. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Could be the iPad 3 too perhaps?

12. Chasers

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

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

15. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

16. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 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

17. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

18. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

20. BLikens1619

Posts: 67; Member since: Apr 12, 2008

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

22. Axtell

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 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'.

23. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

24. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

25. 05blacksrt4

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This article here is full of FAIL!!!

27. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 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.

30. 05blacksrt4

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

My bad computer glitched thumbs up!

28. miladkhahil

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

31. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

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