I read about how to make a SIM into a Micro SIM when the original iPad came out. But because I never had a device that actually used a device that required a Micro SIM, I never attempted this until just a few days ago.
I live in Thailand and my carrier is AIS. Apparently AIS has Micro SIMs that you can purchase and possibly even get them to port your number over. But instead of finding out where I can buy a micro SIM (I know for a fact that 7-11 only carries regular SIM cards), and spend a few dollars to swap card formats, I decided just to cut the SIM card I used in my old iPhone to make it into a Micro SIM format.
You see, the only difference between a standard SIM and a micro SIM is the amount of plastic around the chip. So if you cut carefully around the chip itself, you can cut your SIM down to a micro version of it’s former self.
The plastic on the SIM card is very soft and you can cut it nicely with a decent pair of scissors. But you don’t want to just start hacking away. Instead, print out this SIM to Micro SIM template.
SIM to Micro SIM template
Make sure you print it at 100% size. Then simply cut out the template, tape it to your SIM card and you can use the lines on the template to know exactly where you are cutting. Pretty slick.
One word of advise…it’s better to cut wider and then come back with smaller cuts later on if the Card is still too big. You want your new Micro SIM to fit snugly so it doesn’t rattle around in the case. you can see here what the end result of my Micro SIM looks like. It’s not the most beautiful job in the world but it works flawlessly! Hopefully this will save some of you a bit of time and money when you get your new N9 and…you know…actually want to make some calls or use 3G.