Apple announced their brand new iPhone 5 earlier in the week which has been welcomed with mixed feelings. I for one can’t wait to get my hands on one, my hardest decision will be choosing a colour and even that could come down to a flip of a coin. So for me it’s a simple choice; network providers on the other hand are having bigger problems.
As you may remember I switched to Giffgaff earlier in the year. I cut down my sim and was ready to go. The problem with the iPhone 5 is that is uses a nano sim; a thinner and smaller sim which is the first of its kind that could be cut down and sanded, but who’d want to put a sanded down sim in a £500+ phone? I wanted to learn how GiffGaff was going to tackle the new NanoSim.
My first port of call was the GiffGaff forums where Mark has provided an official update “We will be supporting the iPhone 5 as soon as we can, but before we go ahead and offer the nanoSIM, there are a number of technical changes that need to be made”.
This indicates they weren’t fully prepared for the Nano sim. Perhaps Apple didn’t reach out to confirm it would be included before their announcement on Tuesday. Either way, the news has GiffGaff users spooked and the news gets worse.
Mark’s post goes on to explain how the rollout may occur, “To be able to get the giffgaff nanoSIM launched as soon as we can, we are looking at alternative distribution methods. If all goes well, we hope to have the SIM cards ready for distribution in the coming months.”
What do you make of all this? Will you wait for the new Nano sims, or will ‘months’ be too long to wait?
As an avid Giffgaffer I have reached out to provide whatever help I can with this distribution service. Check back for updates.