I'm considering buying an unlocked iPhone for my trip to Europe. However, I have heard that buying nano SIM cards can be difficult to do or just simply unavailable. Is this true? Has anyone had experience doing this? Thank you!
I suppose it depends on where you intend to buy it, but here in the UK the Carphone Warehouse has nano sims for 5 out of the 7 networks they cover, on sim-only pay as you go deals: http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/sims/pay-as-you-go/pay-as-you-go-sims This recent thread may also be worth looking at: http://www.ricksteves.com/graffiti/helpline/index.cfm/rurl/topic/111448/iphone-5-and-5s-rates-with-local-nano-sim-vs-basic-unlocked-phone-rates.html
Letter from Vienna : Alan , hope this will help , although this is an anecdotal and far from definite answer . When I recently bought a SIM card a few days ago it was in dual format . Punch it out of the plastic card on the outer perimeter , it's a standard SIM card . Punch out the middle part , it's a micro SIM . Seems to be the current trend , after all the shelf life on tech is short and ever in flux .
Alan, I doubt that you'll have any problems finding a Nano SIM in Europe. After all thousands of Europeans use iPhone 5 and above models, so I'm sure the cell networks will be able to supply Nano SIM's for them. Happy travels!