T-Mobile, which is currently in the throes of being purchased by AT&T, has started selling a Micro SIM card that is compatible with GSM handsets, or more specifically Apple’s popular iPhone. The statement on the site says:
Already have a GSM phone or iPhone that you need to activate—or have an unlocked GSM phone you want to use on the T-Mobile network? Just get a Micro SIM card and choose a plan. Slip the ready-to-use Micro SIM Card into your phone and you’re ready to go.
While some are taking this as a possible signal that the carrier will be picking up the iPhone – which has been heavily rumored – we’re thinking it’s more of a, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do,” kind of gesture. T-Mobile knows people are cutting down their SIM cards to fit, and a rep from the carrier even went so far as to tell our own Adriana Lee that some store employees will help you do so, so why not just go ahead and make the cards and sell them? You get the card for free with a two-year contract, so the minimal expenditure of making these cards to work with unsubsidized phones is well worth the financial roll of the dice for the company when they can lock you in for two years.
If you’re going to take an unlocked iPhone to T-Mobile anyway, isn’t this better than buying a SIM card cutter or using a big knife?
For now I wouldn’t read much into this beyond T-Mobile giving their customers what they clearly want, and helping them to not chop off a digit in the process of making it happen.
Do you think there is anything else to be read from T-Mobile offering Micro SIM cards?