Before iPhone 5, Chinese Prepare to Cut SIM Cards
New technology for the iPhone 5? No problem, the Chinese are ready for it.
Just after Apple announced its new iPhone, the iPhone 5 yesterday, a type of “cutter” that can turn Micro-SIMs to Nano-SIMs appeared on Taobao, China’s version of ebay.
SIMs, or subscriber identity modules, are chips that identify and authenticate cellular phones and allow them to connect to networks. Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM are two sizes of the modules.
The Chinese have now worked out how to cut the Micro-SIMs to the new Nano size that the iPhone 5 uses.
Sellers claim that although Nano-SIMs are a relatively new technology used to free up more space inside the phone, the cutter will cut precisely around the chip on a micro-SIM (those used for the earlier iPhones) to the exact size of a Nano-SIM that will fit perfectly in the new iPhone 5.
The cutter itself is priced around 60 yuan ($10), and most sellers give a few extra plastic adapters that can convert a Nano-SIM card back to a Micro-SIM card.
Similar cutters that could turn a normal SIM card into a Micro-SIM card appeared just after Apple announced the iPhone 4 two years ago. Those cutters are now less than 15 yuan on Taobao ($2), so the price of the Nano-SIM cutters will likely drop in the future as well.
There are now over a dozen sellers of the new Nano-SIM cutters on Taobao, and all of them are from Shenzhen city, where the largest Foxconn factory is located.
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