SIM cards getting smaller; Apple proposes shrinking them even further
However, times are changing and some manufacturers are starting to look for even smaller modules in order to save precious space inside their mobile devices. The even smaller micro SIM card, for example, is already in use in all 3G-enabled iPads and the iPhone 4.
Apple is suggesting that SIM cards need to be shrunk even further. Last week, Apple's proposal for a standardized SIM card with dimensions smaller than those of a micro SIM card was submitted to ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). It didn't take long before Orange, the world's eighth largest telecom operator and one of Europe's most popular wireless carriers, expressed its support for the proposal.
If the idea gets approved by ETSI, having “nano” SIM cards with a smaller footprint will facilitate the production of devices that are too slim for a common SIM card to fit in them. It has been also mentioned that we may see the new modules being used in cell phones as early as 2012. However, that prediction sounds a bit optimistic. Such a transition would probably take longer than that, if it ever gets approved at all.
source: Reuters via Pocket-lint
1. jthiagesan posted on 18 May 2011, 09:52 0
what we will do for existing phones if they start as early as 2012?????????
4. jthiagesan posted on 18 May 2011, 10:46 0
Will you do the same way? or have you developed any adapters?
11. Crossblade posted on 19 May 2011, 05:02 0
The data standard will be kept, only the size will change. Current phones will just use the normal (mini) SIM cards.
5. SavageLucy42 posted on 18 May 2011, 13:20 0
I already hate the Nani-SIM and only a few phones use it. The nice thing about SIM cards was that you can swap phones on a whim or use your back-up phone immediately.
6. ATTCallCenter (unregistered) posted on 18 May 2011, 14:22 2
Anyone notice that Apple has the support of Orange?
7. Mike from NY (unregistered) posted on 18 May 2011, 15:30 0
You can't use an adapter. You can use an adapter for a small sim to be placed into a regular sim slot, not the other way around. How r u going to use a large sim to be palced into a small one???
12. Crossblade posted on 19 May 2011, 05:03 0
The normal SIMs are the "mini SIM" and the one in the iPhone - the micro SIM. They have the same physical size for the chip and you can cut the bigger one to the smaller one. Or you can just get a new SIM in the appropriate size from your carrier.
10. TDroid21 posted on 18 May 2011, 17:11 0
I am totally NOT in
favor of apple's proposal to shrink simcards.
It is NOT practical. It is NOT a necessity. Only
apple's devices applies nanosims and almost
all phones and tablets still uses microsim.
I expect ETSI to put a slapping 'NO' on apple's