On Tuesday, it was reported that Vodafone Germany had received its stock of nano-SIMs for the upcoming iPhone 5, which is expected to launch on September 21. Vodafone U.K. has now confirmed — prematurely! — that it, too, has received half a million nano-SIMs, which are ready to ship to early iPhone 5 adopters.
The carrier made the announcement in a blog post earlier today, which was quickly pulled shortly after it went live. It’s thought the information was meant to be published tomorrow — after Apple has announced the iPhone 5 — and that it was posted early accidentally. Thankfully, Pocket-lint grabbed a quote from the post before it disappeared:
“They’re so slim and tiny you might only be able to handle them with tweezers – but imagine the extra space the new nano-SIM card frees up inside your handset,” Vodafone tells us, before adding: “The first devices have now been announced – and Vodafone has now got 500,000 of the new 12.3 mm x 8.8 mm nano-SIMs in stock.”
The “first device” to support the nano-SIM technology — which was developed by Apple itself — will, of course, be the iPhone 5. As I noted in yesterday’s nano-SIM post, the fact that European carriers are receiving the miniature SIMs this week indicates the United States won’t be receiving the iPhone 5 weeks ahead of other countries — as some rumors have claimed in recent months.
Naturally, Vodafone has attempted to cover up its blunder this morning, with a statement to Pocket-lint that insisted the announcement was in regards to Nokia’s new Lumia devices, which the carrier claims it mistakenly thought were nano-SIM compatible:
“The blogpost was meant to refer to the new range of Nokia devices. In fact the new range of Nokia devices do not take Nano-SIMs so the blog was taken down. Obviously we cannot comment on any new devices before they have launched but I can confirm that the individual responsible for the erroneous blogpost is feeling extremely sheepish at the moment.”
I think it’s pretty clear what Vodafone’s original announcement was referring to, don’t you?