Nano SIM cards for cell phones

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!

Posted by Kevin
near Ringwood, Hampshire, UK
521 posts

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

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
648 posts

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 .

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17713 posts

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!