Make your own Micro-SIM

If you have an iPad 3G in the UK, there are no providers offering Micro-SIMs yet, meaning that if you’ve grey imported your own iPad 3G, you’re going to have to wait until the end of the month.

iPad 3G running on 3

iPad 3G running on 3

Or does it?All you need is a Pay As You Go SIM from Three, a pen and a pair of scissors. Compare the size of the AT&T Micro-SIM provided with the iPad.

Both SIMs compared

Mark the contact area on the SIM so you can see where it lies when you put the other SIM on it.

Mark the Sim

Overlay the Micro-SIM on the regular SIM.

Overlay the Micro-SIM

Draw around the Micro-SIM and cut away the extraneous plastic. Have no fear; if your SIM is a 3G, all the electrics are contained under the contacts (don’t sue me if they’re not).

Cut away the plastic

Note the corners. I’ve taken the points off the corners for reasons that’ll be obvious later. Put the SIM in the holder.

Bottom view

As you can see, the corners need trimming to fit.

Top view

Once you’ve put your new Micro-SIM in, you should see it working like this:

Settings screen

In “Cellular Data”, you’ll need to put “three.co.uk” as the APN in APN Settings, but that’s it. You can now take advantage of Three’s competitive £10/month tariff for 1GB of data.

I wish I could go into more detail, but that’s it; it really is that simple. Grab me on Twitter if you’ve got any queries, or leave a comment below.

Jared Earle is a writer, photographer and systems administrator. You can find him on Twitter most of the time.

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