Monday, September 17, 2012

Coming mid-October: T-Mobile to sell iPhone 5-compatible nano-SIMs

We knew that T-Mobile was already planning for another year sans iPhone. That includes making it as easy as possible for consumers to take their iPhones and use them on the T-Mobile network.

While T-Mobile has been modifying its network to allow the iPhone to run on its HSPA+ network, its latest move is to add nano-SIM cards for Apple's iPhone 5 to its "catalog" in mid-October.

T-Mobile made the announcement shortly after the iPhone 5 was announced on Wednesday, and it wasn't unexpected. Of the Big Four carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, in order of size) T-Mobile is the only one missing the world's single best-selling super phone.

Still, T-Mobile knows it has significant numbers of customers using the iPhone, either in jailbroken and unlocked or just plain unlocked form.

However, the iPhone - and not even the iPhone 5, but all iPhones - doesn't work well on T-Mobile's network. In most locations customers only get 2.5G or EDGE, not even 3G and certainly not the faux 4G HSPA+ that T-Mobile advertises.

However, T-Mobile has iPhone-compatible 4G HSPA+ currently operating in Seattle, Las Vegas, and New York City. In addition, T-Mobile has promised that iPhone-compatible HSPA+ will be available in more markets by the end of this year.

Although T-Mobile is minus the iPhone, several smaller, regional carriers, such as C-Spire, have access to the iPhone, and even pre-paid carriers such as Cricket.

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