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Will the Moto X Use Nano SIM Cards?

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According to the image above which shows a device said to be the Moto X lying next to a SIM card tray and smaller nano SIM, we could be looking at only the second or third major device to sport the shrunken SIM. Currently, the iPhone 5 uses a nano SIM, and maybe even the Padfone Infinity, but most other devices still use micro SIMs, which have sort of become the standard over the last couple of years. 

There isn’t necessarily an advantage to the nano SIM over the micro SIM that we are aware of, other than size. We would assume that nano SIM hardware is smaller than micro SIM hardware, which would in turn help save space on the inside of the device. With Motorola reportedly tossing in all sorts of fancy sensors, maybe this was a way to make room?

We also aren’t sure if all Moto X variants will use nano SIM or if we are looking at a special device for select markets. In the end, it’s not a big deal either way, you just may end up having to stop off at your local carrier to get a new SIM card, since your phone likely has a micro SIM at this time.

If you aren’t interested in ordering a new SIM from a carrier, should the nano find its way into the U.S. Moto X, there are SIM cutters all over Amazon that will do the trick.

Via:  GSM Insider

Cheers Tristan, Scott, and trophynuts!

  • Lunkman

    Are there 3g and 4G Sim cards? If so I could see Verizon pushing iPhone 4S (my wife, who wants the Moto X) users with unlimited data off of unlimited by telling them they have to change their plan because she needs a new sim….

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I believe there are 3G and 4G sim cards, but when I went in to have my sim card swapped out from a standard size sim card to a micro sim card, they didn’t make me change my plan and let me keep my unlimited data on 4G.

    • Kizaru Hiruko

      The iPhone 4S’ SIM is only used for global roaming on Vodafone as the device is 3G-only. Your wife will not lose unlimited just by getting a new SIM for her Moto X.

  • laurencormack404

    what Richard implied I’m stunned that any body able to make
    $5474 in a few weeks on the computer. have you seen this web site ℬuzz14.ℂℴm

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      eat s**t

  • Jackson

    What time is the event tomorrow does anyone have a clue?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Supposedly they have different events going on for different groups and a final big event/party that runs from 8pm-1am. At least, that’s what I’ve heard.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Okay, NOW I will consider it. {{-_-}}

  • Dude

    What difference does the size of a sim card make?

  • StankyChikin

    RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER!!!!!

  • GuestofaGuest

    I’m 98% sure it’ll be nanosim

  • Nathaniel Newman

    Going from a Nano SIM to Micro SIM is my concern on phones like this, the Maxx HD and other phones that the SIM card goes in a tray. Hope an adapter going from Nano to Micro wouldn’t get stuck in a phone!

    • Derek L.

      I had an adapter for my nano SIM because I wanted to go back to an Android device instead of the iPoop… Well, I got the adapter, put it in, and slid it into the slot but the SIM card fell out and the adapter got stuck on the pins at the same time. There was no way to get it out without breaking the slot.. :(

      I will never buy an adapter again. I’ll call Verizon or whoever my company is and tell them I need a new SIM card before that happens.

      • Nathaniel Newman

        Wow. Maybe that won’t happen with Android phones! Some adapters are well made and some are not. Most have a piece of tape to go over the top of the adapter. Might have to try that. I’m sure the (Ultra) Maxx will use Nano SIM and the phone I have now or will have will use Micro SIM. But all phones will have a tray!

        • Derek L.

          Yeah, the one adapter I had was apparently horrible. It also had to go in a slot. If it were a tray, I would have had absolutely no problem with it.

          I’m assuming most phones are going to go towards nano SIMs eventually anyway so if you’re one to always want the latest and greatest, I don’t see any reason to stay with micro SIMs.

          • Nathaniel Newman

            Yeah right now I have a Bionic. But I’m getting the Droid Maxx (the new one, BAD naming!) It uses Nano SIM. But the Bionic uses FULL SIZED SIMs. So I’ve been using an adapter for 8 months now with the (now sold to buy the Maxx) Maxx HD with it’s Micro SIM. Worked great in the Bionic. But I have fears of Nano SIM to Micro SIM adapters. The price we have to pay to have more than 1 4G LTE device!

          • Derek L.

            I know, right?! It sucks to have so many devices you want to use with so many different standards!

            So you’re telling me, right now you are on a Bionic with a micro SIM to full size SIM adapter? Then you are going to get the X and get a nano SIM and if any phone comes out, use a nano to micro?

            Of course, my opinion is never go nano to micro, but that’s just my bad experience with the adapter.

  • Trophynuts

    I’m a fan

  • David Narada Brown

    whatever it uses i need an at&t straight talk sim for it! any help guys or gals?

    • ERIFNOMI

      Get an X-acto knife.

      • Derek L.

        This. I cut up a T-Mo SIM with a knife. Worked perfectly.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Awe geez and when I call to swap my phones vzw says to swap sim cards. My old one had a regular size and my DNA has micro now a new sim carrd type.

    • Derek L.

      Here’s hoping they don’t go any smaller! I did the same exact thing. Went from a Galaxy Nexus to a Droid DNA to an iPhone so I’m set when this comes out!

  • CARPDM

    Motorola says there will be no live stream of the event :-/

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Motorola sucks

    • EC8CH

      the interwebz would probably implode from awesomeness.

    • Sergey Otro

      Proofs or go away.

      • CARPDM

        This is from their Twitter feed…

  • Averix

    The Droid MAXX and Ultra use this size also. Looks like Moto is going down that road.

    • Derek L.

      Do they really? I haven’t read anything on that. That’s pretty awesome to know.

      • Averix

        From Motorola’s product page:
        “SIM CARD OPERATION
        Nano SIM”

        • Derek L.

          Thank you very much. I didn’t realize that at all.

  • Wolfpack93

    Google is making it as easy as possible for iPhone owners to UPgrade.

  • kkloster

    I don’t understand all the issues with different SIM formats and cutting SIM cards to fit a smaller format in order to avoid having to get a brand new card. Do some carriers require you to pay for new SIM cards? I’ve always just gone in to T-Mobile and asked for a new one and gotten it for free.

    • ERIFNOMI

      I don’t understand either. I’ve gotten a few from Verizon for free. If they do tell you it’ll cost you for some reason, tell them to cram the new one in their ass and talk to someone else.

      • EC8CH

        When I picked up a sim card from a Verizon store the rep was literally shocked when he rang it up and it was free. He actually said “Wow, I guess you can get something here for free”.

        Absolutely priceless.

        FYI… I think the 3rd party authorized dealers sometimes charge for sim cards, but if you go directly to a Verizon store it should be free.

        • ERIFNOMI

          Yeah, I was kinda surprised they were giving it to me for free without me having to make case for it. But, if you don’t have a SIM card, they can’t charge you ridiculous fees for going over on something. (Just don’t tell them I have unlimited data so I’m not going over…)

          • EC8CH

            Only problem is they wouldn’t just give it to me. They claimed they had to put it in the device and activate it…. whatever.

        • aQuickBit

          Yeah I had this problem with our local “Verizon store”. My phone wasn’t accessing the network because the SIM card was chipped. He charged $20 for it. I laughed and walked out without it. Drove 25 minutes to the next town where the real store is and told the guy what happened. He’s like “damn if we could charge even $5 for SIM cards that would make us filthy rich. What a con that guy is”.

      • moelsen8

        yeah, when my wife activated my gnex they gave us a new lte sim for it for free

    • AxemRed

      I’ve gotten new sim cards for free from Verizon and ATT while on contract a couple of times. I think they might charge you if you’re using prepaid though.

  • kixofmyg0t

    I’ve already cut down my SIM before. I’m doing it again. Its pretty easy.

    • MichaelFranz

      what did you use? exacta knife?

      • jnt

        I’ve used a pair of good scissors.

      • Godzilla

        A phaser

  • Google_WOW

    it will use Googlesim!

  • moelsen8

    hrm. i’d be real hesitant to start chopping my straight talk at&t micro sim knowing it’s unreplaceable. damn.

    • ToddAwesome

      chopping and snipping usually lead to a visceral reaction of some kind anyway.

    • ERIFNOMI

      Don’t cut across the contacts and you’re fine. Literally everything is behind the contact area and the rest is just plastic. The original SIM cards were actually the size of a credit card and still had the same contacts.

      • moelsen8

        yeah i’ve used a micro sim cutter on a few sims and they mostly turned out ok, but i have noticed that some of the edges start to peel back easily. i’m sure it’d be fine though.

  • Jarrett Guma

    If i need to get a new SIM from Verizon, do I lose my unlimited data? Im just trying to see how Verizon plans to screw me out of it. There’s gotta be a catch

    • Greg Morgan

      No Sims have nothing to do with your plans.

    • tomn1ce

      wouldn’t a sim card come with the phone and I doubt that you would have to sign a new contract if you buy your phone at full price.

      • ERIFNOMI

        Phones do not come with SIM cards as that would defeat the purpose of a SIM card entirely. A SIM card is how you’re identified on a network. In simple terms, it’s what tells your carrier who you are so that you get your phone number.

        • EC8CH

          When I got my G-Nex it came with a sim card because my previous phone OG Droid was only 3G.

          I think the first time you upgrade to an LTE phone they will send you a SIM card if you are buying the phone through the carrier because they know you need one.

          • ERIFNOMI

            Well, yeah if you don’t have a SIM card they’ll give you one the same as if you just walked in as a new customer they’d have to give you one.

          • Derek L.

            Funny you say that because I’ve purchased several phones from Verizon over the last year or so, and regardless if your account has an LTE line, they send you a new SIM card or at least they do for me. :p

          • EC8CH

            So do you use the new sim card or just toss it and swap in the one from your old phone?

          • Derek L.

            Well, what I read on the pamphlet is that when you get the new SIM, it is active so you can just toss that in and you’re good to go. One of them expires from not being used so it really doesn’t matter.

            I swapped in the old one from my phone.

          • ERIFNOMI

            If this phone, by some miracle, is available on every carrier and from the Play store, yet someone still decides to buy it from Verizon (if they even sell it), they need smacked. Verizon shouldn’t send a new SIM with every phone. But, that might just be standard practice for them during the transition period to LTE and between SIM card sizes. With mini, micro, and nano SIMs all while some of the customers getting these phones don’t even know what a SIM is, might as well take out the confusing, give them a new one, and say “put this in your phone or else it won’t work.”

          • Derek L.

            Right. I completely agree. I will be the first to punch someone in the face if they buy it directly from VZW (if purchasable from Play Store).

            Also, it would make sense if they shipped out SIMs to those that absolutely need a new SIM. I mean, I had a Galaxy Nexus. All they had to do was see that it used a micro SIM and send me a DNA. Nope. They sent me a new SIM, too. Then I got an S4, and they sent me a new SIM, too!

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      I’ve had to get a new sim for my G-Nex before. They’re free and it doesn’t do anything to your plan.

    • kynyrd synyrd

      according to a somewhat reliable friend of mine/verizon store employee, even if you have a non-sim (3G) unlimited plan, they will give you a sim without affecting your unlimited.

      • MichaelFranz

        i can confirm. I had to go from standard sim to micro sim and there is no problem. They need to activate it for that device and its free of charge

      • EC8CH

        My wife went from an OG Dinc to a G-Nex, when I picked up her sim card her unlimited plan stayed in place.

        • kynyrd synyrd

          i have a gnex. my wife will be going from OG Dinc to moto X so we’ll see very soon…

          • EC8CH

            If you buy through Verizon it will probably just be included in the package. Otherwise you just have to go to an actual verizon store… not an authorized dealer and request a sim card. Should be free and not affect unlimited data… demand no less.

      • Big_EZ

        It doesn’t effect unlimited data, yet. I’m sure that will be one of the tactics they use in the next few years though.

        • ERIFNOMI

          Or they’ll pull the same card they did a few years after buying Alltel.

          “Yeah, uh, those plans don’t work on our network anymore, you’ll have to switch to a Verizon plan and get new phones.”

          “But…my phone is working fine now.”

          “Yeah but they don’t work on our network.”

          “but…it’s working on your network right now just fine…”

      • Franklin Ramsey

        When I went from a Droid Charge to my Gnex, the Verizon Rep at the store wouldn’t replace my Sim card unless there was something wrong with the old one, so I took the old one out of my phone, snapped it in half and he gave me a new one without having to pay for it. He did try to argue that I intentionally broke it, but he couldn’t find anything in their paperwork for sim cards that would prevent that. Didn’t effect my unlimited data though.

  • Dregur

    This is a bigger worry that just getting a cutter though. For those people that swap phones (international travel, phone enthusiast, etc), this is really freaking annoying to have to cut their SIM to the Nano level, when only two other phones use this type of sim, NO ONE else uses it.

    • ERIFNOMI

      Most new phones eventually move to the new size. Remember how long we had mini SIM? Then everything quickly switched to micro SIM.

      • Dregur

        By why make the switch all of a sudden? I haven’t heard of a movement to go to the Nano sim all of a sudden. In fact, there was a huge “fight” between Apple and pretty much everyone else between nano and micro SIM’s.

        • Derek L.

          Well, there was going to be a new SIM after micro regardless. Apple was pushing for their own standard while a lot of other companies wanted their own. It resulted in a compromise and that’s where the nano SIM came from.

          Apple pushed heavily for it so they could put more space in their device since they engineer everything so exceptionally precise.

    • FreeLivin

      Totally agree. This changing of SIM sizes is really becoming a PITA. I have multiple devices ( 5 different phones & 3 Tabs ) and I always have 2 active using unlimited plans still on VZW still. So now I’ll be to a point of having all 3 style SIM cards i need to mess with…UGH!!!!

  • Jack Hoffman

    I can confirm that the dual SIM Asian devices will be nano-sims, with the rest being micro-SIM.

    I am not an insider and this post is completely without merit…

  • ToddAwesome

    Sim cutter, for realz? Are people too afraid to venture outside these days?

    • Tyler Durden

      The sun is a terrible thing

      • ToddAwesome

        I suppose I see the merit, for swapping and such, I clearly misunderstand the niche market for such things.

  • Akashshr

    Moto X! Cant wait!

    Darn it I don’t wanna say first!

    • The Now Network

      Come and get on the Now Network. We’ll be offering it first and with Softbank’s support, our customers will soon have the best network experience with truly unlimited data.

      Regards,

      Dan

      • LiterofCola

        …..??

      • enigmaco

        lol yeah right learned my lesson the first time.

      • Chris Schmucker

        Not sure if your a really good or really bad troll…

        • Verizon

          It’s Sprint and you know they aren’t really good at anything so…..

          • Chris Schmucker

            Great! Now I have Sprint and Verizon replying to my comments all we need is T-Mo and AT&T then the fun can begin!

          • Verizon

            At&t is around here somewhere, but I don’t trust the guy. You don’t want that T-mobile slut anywhere near you though. She has more WTDs than a fake iPhone.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I’d still let her play with my Data Plan a little though…

        • The Now Network

          Hi Chris,

          Rest assured that I am not a “troll”. With Softbank’s recent acquisition of Sprint we have been more motivated to connect to current and potential customers. We have plans to make Sprint the best in the United States and though we do have ground to cover with LTE coverage, you can be sure that you will have LTE speeds during all hours.

          If you need more information feel free to contact one of our friendly representatives at dan@sprint.com. Have a great day.

          Regards,

          Dan

          • Verizon

            Non-character comment:

            If you are an actual rep pimping Sprint, then I find this whole thing very offensive.

          • sc4fpse

            Not that it’s him (a look at the account’s post history pretty much kills any chance of that), but that email address is for Sprint’s CEO. It’s publicly known, though. Problems with Sprint? Forget the lowest tier support lines. Just send an email to that address. It’ll go right to the top. Not Dan Hesse personally, but somebody who works a lot closer to him than the hourly tech support guys.

          • Verizon

            Oh, is the CEO named Dan? I care so little about them that I don’t even know. My bad.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I’m fairly sure that even Sprint Employees don’t know who their CEO is.

          • The Now Network

            Hi @Verizon,

            I can assure you I am no regular Sprint representative. It may be hard to believe since you’re not really affiliated with Verizon, but I am Dan Hesse.

            Regards,

            Dan

          • Verizon
          • Chris Schmucker

            Oh boy…

          • Chris Schmucker

            ….BionIc

          • Stephen

            Ha, this would be too good if this were actually Dan Hesse.

            Question, Dan, or shall I say, Mr. Hesse? One of my co-workers is about to renew their contract with Sprint against their best judgement..they are very discouraged with the service, and can pretty much never hold a conversation on the phone without dropping or breaking up severely. What can you do for them, to put their minds at ease when they sign that contract?

          • Verizon

            He could suggest they switch to me.

          • The Now Network

            Hi Stephen,

            I am really sorry to hear that. Where is your co-worker located? We will make sure one of our field technicians are aware of any problems that could be present in your area. We have been actively upgrading our towers across the nation to better handle the capacity as more people switch to smartphones.

            Regards,

            Dan

          • MotoRulz

            “I can assure you I am no regular Sprint representative… I am Dan Hesse.”

            Says some dude on on the Internet.

            Regards,

            Matt

            LMFAO

          • Derek L.

            Hi Dan the Troll,

            I’ll never use your network.

            Regards,

            Derek

          • The Now Network

            Hi Derek,

            I am really sad to hear that. Is there something we can do to make you switch to Sprint? With Softbank behind us now, we are working harder than ever to upgrade our network to cope with this ever growing digital age.

            In the meantime though, make sure to use lubricant so it doesn’t hurt as much while Verizon continues to screw you.

            Regards,

            Dan

          • nvitone23

            I’d hope that a Sprint Rep would be able to distinguish between HERE and HEAR…

          • Stephen

            Especially the CEO of Sprint

          • Verizon

            Well, it is Sprint after all.

          • NexusPhan69

            Just click on the profile. It’s clear that it’s fake.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I’m pretty sure an actual sprint rep wouldn’t tell a customer to use lube…

          • Kizaru Hiruko

            Dan,

            I would really like to take advantage of Sprint’s unlimited data plan, but I cannot get service, hence I will not switch. If you want me to switch to Sprint, I suggest that you get bought out by Verizon.

            Regards,

            Kizaru H.

          • The Now Network

            Hi Kizaru,

            Thank you for that suggestion but the United States government won’t allow it. As a person of Japanese decent you should admire that Softbank (based out of Tokyo) has decided to acquire Sprint. With their support and vast knowledge of cellular network technology, we will make Sprint the top network soon.

            Regards

            Dan

          • Derek L.

            It’s OK, Dan. I’ll just continue using my 50% off service discount and a network that has signal everywhere with LTE nationwide.

            When you can do that, I still won’t switch over if you’re going to make your phones not unlockable or use integrated SIMs.

            Good day, sir.

          • michael arazan

            and they have lte

      • Verizon

        Yep! All the 2G you can eat!

        • Butters619

          “I have unlimited data”
          “Who’s your carrier?”
          “Sprint”
          “Bahahahahahahahahahahah. Oh that’s a good one”

          • zurginator

            I used to have good WiMax speeds and coverage with them… and shortly after the iPhone both the “3G” and WiMax (go figure) speeds dropped so dramatically I had to bail within a month.

            Edge on T-Mobile is faster…. and that’s saying something.

      • David Narada Brown

        im in the hartwell ga area any news for this area? Im currently on verizon but ive had enough of their $h!t!

        • Verizon

          We will be announcing the new $h!tless plan in the next month or so. It is just like all of our other plans, but costs more and comes with less $h!t. You may like it.

          • MotoRulz

            Absolutely the best response to a post yet. I will pay you double on my next bill..

          • Chris Schmucker

            theres an extra fee for that

          • Verizon

            Two actually.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Don’t forget the Taxes either!

          • David Narada Brown

            Well if your gonna charge more I want a whole pile of $h!t don’t be taken it off! How does it work on a shared plan? I don’t want anybody using more $h!t than me. And will this $h!t ever roll over? I just hate wasting all that $h!t ive paid 4.

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Way to be original dude. We already have Verizon.

        • Verizon

          The one and only! :)

          • Chris Schmucker

            Bionic, Tyler Durden, and Verizon are the only resident trolls/comic relief/ here that I enjoy. We dont need Sprint.

          • Verizon

            Thank you sir. And nobody needs Sprint.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            This^

            Actually…I don’t enjoy Tyler Durden, he reminds me too much of Angelface and McTypething.

          • TylerCameron

            ARE U A MAJOR DICCCKKK BRO?
            Oh y god I had almost forgot about McTypething.

          • Aaron Sibold

            Go home Verizon… you’re drunk!

      • Big_EZ

        We can count on Sprint keeping unlimited data because China wants as much data as they can get from us.

        • Bi0nic

          Softbank is based out of Tokyo. Last I heard, the Japanese and Chinese aren’t really buddies.

          • Big_EZ

            You are correct. I read an article about softbank having ties to the Chinese government. However, I didn’t look into it any further because I don’t really care. I still prefer sticking to an American company so that I only have one government listening in.

  • Bionichomer

    second!