Buying an iPhone4, or an iPad? Your existing SIM cards will not fit into these devices. Yes, Steve Jobs is changing the rules.
For the uninitiated, here’s some news for you – your existing SIM cards CAN be converted to Micro SIMs easily and without having to pay extra dollars to your local telco. Of course, there are Micro SIM cutters that you can buy, but why bother, if you’re only going to ever cut up one of your SIM cards?
What if I make a mistake? Well, you were going to go to your telco and get a new SIM card anyway, weren’t you? No risk here. Having said that, please don’t lambast me if your DIY skills aren’t up to par.
Here’s what you need before we get started (feels like a college science experiment already).
A SHARP pair of scissors
An ACCURATE ruler – don’t go cutting up your SIM cards while using a free Ikea paper tape
A fine-tip permanent marker pen – I used an OHP marker
This is the job brief – turn a 15x25mm SIM card into a compact 12x15mm Micro SIM.
Dump the “unsmart” Nokia, and move to the “slightly-smarter-iPhone4”.
Here’s the Micro SIM holder for the iPhone4, and the regular sized SIM card that needs to fit into it.
With your fine-tip marker pen, draw out the outlines and centralize the golden chip at all times. I coloured in the area that corresponds with the nicked corner, so that I don’t “forget” which way is up.
Brandishing the SHARP scissors, I began cutting along the lines, exactly as drawn. If in doubt, cut slightly less – you can refine it later. Nick the corner you marked out earlier, with the same angle.
When done, try and insert the new Micro SIM into the holder. If it doesn’t fit, shave off a bit more of the plastic.
Insert it face down. Hopefully it will fit snugly. If not, continue shaving to size.
If it works (which it should), do remember TheBackpackr and send over some love!