Indian carriers place orders for Nano SIMs, iPhone 5 launch could be earlier than expected

The iPhone 5 might launch in India earlier than anticipated. Indian carriers have started placing orders for Nano SIM cards, which is currently being used exclusively in the iPhone 5. According to multiple sources, Airtel and Vodafone have already placed orders for Nano SIM cards. Airtel is sourcing them from Oberthur and Vodafone from Syscom. Aircel, which along with Airtel has been Apple’s carrier partner in India, is also said to be placing its orders. Sources tell us that almost every carrier would bring Nano SIM cards and make it more widely available than Micro SIMs as users would no longer be able to cut a regular SIM card to convert it into Nano SIM. Read on for more details.

We are also told that Apple might launch the iPhone 5 in India as early as mid-October. This is in stark contrast to what we had earlier heard about it getting launched closer to Diwali. It seems Apple has shifted gears in the past week or so and India could be in the third wave of launch countries. At the moment Apple has announced it will launch in nine countries on September 21 followed by 22 more countries on September 28. Apple intends to launch the iPhone 5 in 100 countries by the end of this year.

Apple has also beefed up its sales team in India specifically for the iPhone, iPod and iPad in the past couple of months. For the first time, Apple India will be distributing the iPhone along with its carrier partners, which means it will be more widely available than before.



  • Adnan

    Great reporting guys. This is exactly why I come to an Indian tech site. :)

  • Sidharth

    Does the iPhone 5 use nano sim ? Nothing was mentioned in the keynote .

    • Ashwin

      yes… it is given in d specs…

    • Krish

      iPhone 5 uses nano sim . I can confirm it as I have upgraded to iPhone 5 fr 4s

  • Sachin

    Awesome news guys, as always you guys are my real hero.

  • Ameya

    Yes,iPhone 5 does use nano sim.
    Please,check out tech specs on apple.com

  • rajiev

    bgr u rocks, ultra fast!

  • vineet

    Now that we have an estimate of an earlier release, i hope it’s released by mid-oct..well done bgr :)

  • jatin

    Since last one and half year I am following bgr for Indian tech news. Good job guys at bgr… Keep it up…

  • Lama

    Bought my iPhone5 frm US just now….can I use it in India? It’s an unlocked one….when is nano sim expected in India? Any expected launch date?

    • Sameer

      yup, I too bought unlocked Iphone 5, nobody will be able to use Iphone before 17th or 18th october, it may postpone to 23rd not very sure. It uses Nano-Sim, it is incompatible to any other sim

    • Ameya

      How did u brought from US…unlocked versions are not availabe in US apple store !!!!

  • Venkat

    Apple always under estimated sales and people of India; When Indians are most enthusiastic to own one. If one travels abroad this is the first on their to do list. They release their products when it gets old in US, UK, Singpore etc. They are not targeting at business in India. This is why may be Samsung gained so popularity in India with acceptable products quality.

  • Mayuri

    which carrier has the nano-sim available as of now?
    I will be travelling to India and need a sim for my iphone5

    • Dhananjay Patil

      hey you can make your own nano sim from normal sims available in india, search in google create nano sim india, techtree’s image will help you.

    • Dhananjay Patil

      hey you can make your own nano sim from normal sims available in india

  • parmvir nijjar

    is iphone 5 available is micro sim??