New AT&T SIM cards to be compatible with old iPhones, new iPads and iPhones

It looks like AT&T's new SIM cards will be double-porferated, meaning you'll be able to pop it out along the MiniSIM lines to fit in current and previous generation iPhones (and most other phones), or along the smaller MicroSIM lines to fit the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G and if the leaks are correct, the 4th generation iPhone to boot.

The two SIM card sizes have always been compatible and we've heard for a while that jackets would let MicroSIM's work in MiniSIM devices and that brave souls could grab a knife and cut some plastic off MiniSIM's to make them Micro, but AT&T providing an official solution is all shades of awesome.

(Just keep in mind if you snap out the MiniSIM now, you can come back and snap out the Micro later. If you snap out the MicroSIM now, you might need some duct tape to get the rest of plastic back together later).

The new double-porferated SIMs aren't in stores yet, but should be soon.

[Engadget]

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12 Comments
  • cool beans
  • So do you think if I get the new mini sim with my iPhone g4, will it allow me to have a data connection on my 3g ipad if I pop it in without paying another $15 a month?
  • I was just talking to a ATT rep yesterday about being able to use the sim from the iPad in my 3GS that is without a plan at this time, sounds like it would work.
  • 
  • PERforated. Geez.
  • 1 on perforated. Maybe it's a Canadian thing ay Rene?
  • Hopefully the iPhone will not have microsim so they can be used on other carriers
  • "Hopefully the iPhone will not have microsim so they can be used on other carriers"
    That's exactly why they've chosen MicroSIM and not regular SIM.
  • just fyi...
    Probably really late on this, but i work at an AT&T wireless store and we have received those SIMs...
  • A week ago bought micro sim adapter from www.gomicrosim.com. Costs only 4.5 EUR. Really worth it. Now use my simcard in both Ipad and Iphone. Should save me 1440$ during two years, since there is no need to sign for another plan. Highly recommend this seller, his price and delivery options are the best so far.
  • As far as i know the best deal for microsim adapter is at www.microsim2sim.com They offer a great adapter that allows you to use your microSIM with other devices as well as a microsim cutter sticker. Best offer on the market so far and to top it up they offer free delivery! Ordered another set as a present for my brother.
  • Receiving great discount for a microSIM adapter is a big privilege.