Use a Nano SIM Cutter to Cut Your Micro SIM down for iPhone 5 or iPad mini

I remember when the iPhone 4 came out and it required a NEW SIM format (for GSM based iPhones). It required a Micro SIM. This wasn’t a problem if you were buying a new iPhone because it would have a new Micro SIM already installed. However, if you wanted to use a different SIM from another phone or carrier then chances are it was a full sized SIM that you would have to cut down to Micro SIM size. There were several good Micro SIM cutters on the market and I own a couple of them. I even traved with one in my suitcase in case I got to a country that I wanted to buy a pre-paid local SIM and needed to cut it down for my iPhone 4 or 4s. Once again we are faced with a new SIM format. Now the iPhone 5 and iPad mini uses a Nano SIM. This SIM is even smaller AND thinner than the Micro SIM. That of course poses a problem for those that want to move SIMs between devices. As to be expected there are now a few different Nano SIM cutters on the market. Some even come with sandpaper to sand the back of the SIM down to make it slightly thinner. I used one to cut down my AT&T Micro SIM down to Nano SIM size to use in my new iPad mini. My AT&T SIM is originally from my iPad 2 and is grandfathered in to an unlimited data plan. This is GREAT for streaming video on the road, so I wanted the ability to use this SIM in my iPad mini as well. Although this is not the cutter I used in the video, this is the one I’d recommend here.
Here’s a video on how the cut went:

  • Kevin Z

    Terry….Great post! I had no idea that you could do this…..I have the granfathered unlimited plan from At&T with an iPhone 4s and planning to get an ipad mini and an iPhone 5. Should I get an att ipad mini and be able to stream LTE with unlimited data on the mini?

    • You can get an AT&T mini and put your iPhone 5 sim in it, but keep in mind that you won’t be getting any calls while you do that.

  • Arnold

    Hi Terry, Was wondering does the same work if you have an AT&T ipad and try and use a verizon sim? And if so will you get verizon LTE speeds or is the circuitry or something else about the ipad different to prevent LTE speeds?

    • I haven’t tried it, but even if it works you would NOT get LTE 4G since the two networks use different LTE technologies.