2-In-1 iPhone 4 SIMs Could Be A Risky Prospect

2-In-1 iPhone 4 SIMs Could Be A Risky Prospect

Nick over at Gizmodo reports on how Optus (and Optus network reseller Virgin) are offering “2-In-1” micro-SIMs for iPhone 4 buyers ahead of the July 30 Australian release. Customers who -signed up for iPhone 4 updates from either carrier can get sent a standard-sized SIM now, which will then be popped out converted to micro-SIM format when they purchase a new iPhone. It sounds like a nifty way to switch phones with minimal fuss, but from a consumer point of view, it’s a pretty risky thing to do.

The reason? As ever, we don’t yet have any details on what plans Optus or Virgin or anyone else will offer with the iPhone 4. It might well be reasonable to assume that the plans will be similar to current deals, but if you’ve just come off a long, locked-in contract, then it’s much more rational to wait until all the carrier deals are announced and then assess your options.

Rational behaviour is often absent when it comes to the iPhone, and just as people were willing to pay $100 to sign up for an iPhone 3G without knowing what they were getting into, I’m sure this offer will have its followers. But really: given that the iPhone 4 has already been on sale in the US for some time and you’re likely to end up on a 2-year contract if you buy one, will a little hesitation and reflection really hurt?

Optus 2-in-1 SIM Card Makes Upgrading To iPhone 4 Easier (UPDATED) [Gizmodo]


  • Angus, there is no “risk” involved here.

    If you registered your interest in the iPhone 4 (like I did on all network’s sites) and you are already an Optus customer, then you are able to order this new 2-in-1 SIM card, completely free, no obligation. It doesn’t lock you into Optus just because you agreed to be sent the SIM.

    I have ordered the SIM so that I’ll be ready when the iPhone 4 is released and IF I decide to stay with Optus, but I will be waiting to see what the other telcos offer before deciding whether to stay or not.

    • Another reason might be to use this as a template to cut out an existing one.

      I am with Optus right now, thinking of moving to Virgin…but Virgin doesn’t have mini-sims yet, so you would have to trim an existing one. I have no guide right now on how much / little to take off, so this would be perfect:)

      • A commenter at Giz suggested Virgin had a similar deal for existing customers. It certainly has a “register your Interest” iPhone 4 page, so it will offer micro-sims when the phone comes out.

  • Same mobile number no contract a sim that will fit the new iphone, for free ! No big deal. It will simply make it easier for me to change over to iphone 4 with optus when my contract runs out . lucky me that is this month. Of course I will check out all the other carrier plans first then most likely get the best deal with optus. Lets face it they do good deals.

  • I can’t see any risk involved, it’s just a replacement SIM card… seems that they’re trying to reduce the steps involved on Day 1 for early adopters… that’s all…

  • Everyone seem to have missed the REAL story about the delay in the telcos releasing pricing:

    They’re all waiting for the first carrier to release their pricing so they can improve slightly, and get the bulk of the new/upgrading iPhone folks (ala Optus after the 3G release).

    THAT’S the story here…the great waiting game and the brinksmanship we’re seeing given it’s only days until it’s released. Who’ll break first?

    • It’s tempting to think that would be true, but the evidence is against it. In reality not only do all these plans have to be carefully plotted some time in advance, but details have to be cleared with Apple as well, which pretty much precludes any major last-minute plan changes.

      In any case, with both the 3G and the 3GS, Optus — which is generally reckoned to have the most current iPhone customers in Australia — was the FIRST company to announce plan pricing, so it’s hard to argue that coming last brings commercial advantage.

  • Angus where’s the risk? If you swap your SIM for a 2-in-1 there’s no obligation to actually get an iPhone4. Decide you don’t want one? Don’t break the micro-SIM out and use your current phone

  • I think this whole article is stupid. There’s no risk of obligation from getting a sim card… your not signing a contract or doing anything that could lock you in to sticking with optus.
    This article is as good as Angus’ “Why we won’t see the iPhone 4 in Australia This July” article
    When will the iPhone 4 be in Australia? JULY 30TH. Does the provision of a micro SIM constitute a contract. HELL NO!

    • I readily acknowledged I was wrong on the launch date as soon as it got announced — and the original post did note quite explicitly that with Apple, anything could happen. Having gotten a date, nothing’s happened to contradict the established pattern in terms of actual plans being announced, and I remain of the view that there’s no point choosing a carrier until you get all the facts.

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