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iPhone 5 unlocked on T-Mobile, nano-sim dependent

It appears to be a forgone conclusion that we’ll see a sixth generation iPhone 5 on September 12, despite Apple’s continued reluctance to send out their traditional invites to the media. We know that the next iPhone will officially be landing on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, but there’s also reasons why current T-Mobile customers should be optimistic as well.

As most of you know, T-Mobile still do not offer the iPhone on an official contract, leaving them as the only carrier out of the big four without Apple’s official support. Having said that, T-Mobile still offer customers an option by selling Micro SIM cards so that those with unlocked handsets can use their network if they prefer.

This tactic has proved to be a successful workaround for T-Mobile, although they would obviously hope to offer contracts once their 3G and 4G network is compatible for the iPhone – with Apple so far unwilling to accommodate T-Mobile by building a device especially for them. With many customers currently in possession of an unlocked iPhone 4 or 4S on T-Mobile, you can bet that there is plenty of demand for the trend to continue once the iPhone 5 arrives.

One potential stumbling block has already been feared though, as Apple is rumored to be using nano-SIM technology this time around, replacing the current Micro SIMs. For those wondering, the nano-SIM will not be compatible with the current Micro-SIM tray that sits in the iPhone 4 and 4S, so if T-Mobile are going to try the same process, they’ll need to start selling nano-SIMs instead.

September 21 seems to be the magical date for when AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will start selling the iPhone 5, but would you prefer it if T-Mobile were part of the party as well? If you are a happy T-Mobile customer or have always wanted to switch networks to T-Mobile, let us know if you plan to go the unlocked route instead.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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I just talked to a Tmo c/s rep who said that the nano sim is coming to Tmo mid October


If tmobile does not get the iPhone 5, then I’m going to have to make the switch. Although I will wait until they rollout LTE in 2013 and see if their network will be compatible with the iPhone 5, or goodbye tmobile.


I have kept putting off buying an iPhone to stay with Tmobile for years. Then I bought a jail broken iPhone and tried to use it, but in NYC, where I live, it was a nightmare. I may just bite the bullet and switch even though my monthly bill will skyrocket. My blackberry 9810 six, and I refuse to buy an Android phone (google creeps me out).

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