T-Mobile iPhone 5 Possible with Nano SIM in October

A leaked document indicates that T-Mobile is preparing to offer Nano SIM cards for use with Apple’s new iPhone 5, a device which employs a Nano SIM slot.

TMoNews unearthed a document that appears to show the carrier’s plans to offer the Nano SIM card sometime in mid-October. No device in T-Mobile’s lineup uses a Nano SIM card and no other phone in the U.S. uses Nano SIM so it’s clear that this is going to be aimed squarely at T-Mobile users who wish to bring the iPhone 5 to T-Mobile’s network.

Those who want to get a T-Mobile iPhone 5 up and running in October on T-Mobile’s network will have some options. One of those options is to order an unlocked iPhone 5 which comes with a steep price tag and an unknown release date.

Read: No T-Mobile iPhone 5, But Hope Isn’t Lost.


Those looking to get a Nano SIM for the iPhone 5 will be able to get one through T-Mobile in October.


Apple will sell the unlocked iPhone 5 for $649.99. And that’s for the 16GB model. The models with more storage space will check in with much steeper price tags. An unlocked 32GB iPhone 5 model is $749.99 while the 64GB iPhone 5 will cost $849.99.

That’s a pretty steep cost but for those that are willing to pay it, T-Mobile’s network awaits. Of course, we don’t know exactly when the unlocked iPhone 5 will be released in the United States. Verizon told us that it will have the unlocked iPhone 5 available on release day, but we’re still unsure if that’s true considering Apple said it wouldn’t launch until a few weeks after September 21st.

Read: Verizon to Sell iPhone 5 Off Contract on Release Date In Stores.

Another option is to buy an AT&T iPhone 5 or a Canadian iPhone 5. As we pointed out yesterday, the network bands that Apple launched with the new iPhone 5 match up perfectly with the ones that T-Mobile is planning for its new 3G and 4G networks.

T-Mobile already began shifting its HSPA+ network to 1900 MHz and the carrier says there will be a much larger footprint by the end of the year. In addition, the AWS spectrum that is supported by the iPhone 5 is the same spectrum that T-Mobile will use with its 4G LTE network next year.

Those line up exactly with AT&T’s network making an AT&T iPhone 5 an option as well.

Anyone going to buy a Nano SIM for use with a T-Mobile iPhone 5?



  1. ML says

    This is exactly my plan. The hardware costs are steep, but there is no other provider offering $50/month plans with good data. It works out in the end anyway: you’d pay $300 for a 32gb with AT&T, but with a $100+ monthly bill. Instead you pay $750 up front for an unlocked phone, and save $600 in monthly charges in the first year alone (12x$50). The fact that t-mobile is GSM is a bonus too.

  2. Susan says

    I just went from an iPhone to a Galaxy 2. I’ve had it one day and hate it. Will TMobile take back a phone

  3. Jack says

    $30@T-Mobile will get you: Unlimited 4G Data (First 5GB@4G Speed), Unlimited Text, 100min Talk
    $50@T-Mobile will get you: Everything Unlimited
    No extra fees and tax $30 is exactly what you need to pay.

    $20@AT&T will get you: Unlimited Text Plan ($10/1000Text, $5/200Text were removed by AT&T early this year)
    $20@AT&T will get you: 300MB 4G LTE Data
    Huge amount of fees and tax

    Even a 3-yr old kids know which one to go with.
    I am using the Google Galaxy Nexus + $30 T-Mobile Monthly 4G Prepaid plan.

  4. Papi says

    I confirmed with my local T-mobile in Utah and they confirmed they will have the nano sim mid October for the iPhone 5. Here’s hoping apple releases the unlocked sooner than later.

  5. Andre says

    Right, T-mobile doesn’t charge for hardware.
    If you a Verizon or AT&T customer, they charge for hardware even if it had been paid off.

  6. cw says

    So it seems the cost effective option would be to buy from ATT and cancel your contract after 3 months or so. The early termination fee would be less than buying the phone unlocked in the first place..

  7. Paul Wilson says

    This may be a late post because from wht I am reading the nano sim for tmobile came out in the middle of this month but if its not out of even if it is a little information to you guys is that you could have just used a tmoble sim card cutter and cut the sim card and make it a nano sim card. They sale sim cutters on ebay for like a 10 bucks, thats what I did last month andI have been using tmobile on a verizon iphone and this sim is a sim I have had for like four years just cut it thats all. The cutter comes with an adapter that you can put your cut sim in to put it into a iphone4/4s and also another adapter to put it in a regular sim slot.

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