T-Mobile to Offer Nano-SIMs For iPhone 5 In Mid-October

BY Jason

Published 15 Sep 2012

T-Mobile USA was again absent from Apple’s official list of carrier partners for the new iPhone in the U.S. But that won’t stop T-Mobile to start carrying nano-SIMs to attract unlocked iPhone 5 owners.

The Verge reports that T-Mobile will offer nano-SIMs for iPhone 5 in mid-October, which would be perfect timing as factory unlocked iPhone 5 should be available in the U.S. by the 3rd or 4th week of October.

It must be noted that iPhone 5 won’t support T-Mobile’s 3G network, so users will be limited to 2G EDGE service, unless they’re in Seattle, Las Vegas, Washington DC and the New York metro area where T-Mobile has launched its iPhone compatible HSPA+ network. T-Mobile  plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year and also plans to roll out 4G LTE network in 2013.

It also announced a major marketing initiative dubbed “Bring your own iPhone” earlier this week to attract iPhone owners. As part of the initiative, T-Mobile will be offering considerably cheaper plans for unlocked iPhones along with an unlimited data subscription, which many U.S. carriers like AT&T and Verizon have stopped offering.

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Unfortunately, with the launch of iPhone 5, which supports 4G LTE networks, T-Mobile may find it even more difficult to convince iPhone owners to switch to its network. What do you think?

[via The Verge]