Don’t pre-order your unofficial iPhone 5 just yet

By on September 3, 2012
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Stop those itchy fingers before possibly making a pricey mistake.

It’s a sad but true fact that consumers in the Middle East don’t always officially get the gadgets when they’re originally announced. This is especially true for some of the highly popular products from Apple- like the iPhone and the iPad. To not go through the excruciating pain of waiting, many of us (including myself) have gone through getting the desired product through grey channels or ordering directly from markets where the product is available (such as the US or parts of Europe).

With the iPhone 5, or whatever it’s called, that is supposedly coming up in the next few weeks, many of us are getting our credit cards ready to get Apple’s latest Smartphone in our hands before it is officially released in the region- which I’m assuming will be around GITEX or end of the year. However, I would like to caution potential buyers to hold off their purchase and the reason for that is the following picture

Supposedly, the new iPhone will use a Nano SIM card which is smaller than the current Micro SIM card being used on iPhone 4/4S, the iPad and certain other devices such as the HTC One X and the Nokia Lumia 800. Some of you might argue that since we were able to cut our original SIM card to a Micro SIM size when the iPhone 4 was launched and this would be a similar process. Maybe so, but let me post another picture comparing the sizes of the three SIM card sizes.

As you can see, the room for “getting the size right” is much smaller to work with on the Nano SIM. While the Micro SIM has some borders around the golden connectors giving you some space to cut off and still be ok, the Nano size doesn’t and the option to royally mess up your SIM card is more likely. Also, it is not clear whether your current SIM/Micro SIM is fully compatible with Nano SIM, in which case we will have to wait until our telcos make this new standard officially available. I’m assuming that will not happen until the new iPhone is officially launched in the region.

So although I know that your hands are itching to pre-order the as-of-yet unannounced iPhone through your buddy in the US or a local website that is promising instant delivery the time it is released, I would suggest you hold off until we find out if the new iPhone is using a Nano SIM or not and if it is, whether or not the current Micro SIMs can be cut to make it work. Because if they can’t, you will have to wait for Etisalat, du or your regional provider to make these cards available in order to use your new iPhone as a, y’know, phone.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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