April 12, 2013 7:33pm
T-Mobile in the United States began offering the iPhone 5 today. The price starts at $579.99 for the 16GB version and increases to $779.99 for the 64GB. We’ve received several tips over the course of the day of people heading south to snatch one up to have it work one of the AWS carriers (WIND, Mobilicity, Videotron, Eastlink), but there’s a slight twist of magic happening in Canada.
First, the Apple Canada website now lists the 1700/2100 bands in the compatibility section. This was omitted before today. This is a good sign that Apple’s directly selling the AWS iPhone online and in-stores in Canada. This leads us to our next piece of awesomeness. A reader apparently went into the Toronto Eaton Centre Apple Store and purchased the iPhone 5, cut down his WIND SIM and got it to work on their network (see images). Of course, cutting your micro-SIM to a nano-SIM is a risky move. We don’t recommend it, but if you want to try this there are cheap SIM cutters for sale on eBay. Regardless, the iPhone is now compatible on the AWS carriers network.
If you’re buying an iPhone this weekend let us know if it’s compatible with WIND or any of the other carriers.