Carriers "stockpiling" nano-SIMs in preparation for the iPhone 5

Carriers
Not many things are known for certain about the iPhone 5. In fact, we don't even know for sure that it will be named the iPhone 5. Depending on how you interpret the Apple naming convention, it could very well be the iPhone 6. Or, Tim Cook may decide that abandon the naming conventions as he did with the "new iPad". Regardless, one of the few things we do know is that it will have a nano-SIM rather than the now-standard micro-SIM. 

The micro-SIM was brought into popularity by the OG iPad in 2010, and it looks like Apple already wants to put those to bed with the nano-SIM. The Financial Times has reported that European carriers are even "stockpiling" nano-SIMs in preparation for the iPhone launch expected this fall. This seems to be confirmation that the next iPhone will have a nano-SIM, but that is somewhat odd since the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) just approved the official standard for nano-SIM cards two weeks ago, and we have to assume that the next iPhone was designed more than two weeks ago. Apparently, Apple wasn't all that worried about Motorola and RIM's nano-SIM design being chosen. 

The approved design of nano-SIMs was Apple's, and it makes the card 40% smaller than current micro-SIMs. Side-by-side, it doesn't look like that much of a difference, but considering how jam-packed full of technology smartphones are these days, manufacturers need any space they can get. 

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24 Comments

1. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

the iphone 4s was the fifth generation iphone. im thinking iphone lte... or iphone 4G... but hell at this point who's to say thatll be 4G? im not waiting for another subpar iphone. im getting the S3.

2. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

actually on att the iphone 4s runs on HSPA+, aka 4G.

4. Allen3697

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

14.4 mbps '4G' is BS. 42mbps+ is real 4G

16. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Tmob has 21 and 42mbps.

5. Aeires unregistered

I'm sticking with iPhone4GS, first iPhone to have 4G.

6. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I just got my s3 and it is a dream phone. Ive had smartphones in the past but thes3 really is more a pocket computer compared to them.

10. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The SGIII was a good device, but it's not amazing. It was ugly as hell and made out of sucky materials for starters. The screen was way too big and they could have made the device sexier and less awkward had the made the device a little smaller. There's so much hype surrounding this product it's crazy. I don't understand why the SIII is getting so much love when you have phones like Evo/One X that don't get any attention at all. If the new iPhone doesn't satisfy either, I'm not buying/ returning as well.

13. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

HTC still in business BC there are people love there product like you....... guess what is the main key of iPhone and Samsung success is thier device hard to brick and BC of that alone developer make these devices as first choice. HTC Motorola etc should learn this from apple and Samsung.

3. sun0066

Posts: 267; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

go to h20 wireless and you will get 4g

7. Carlitos

Posts: 665; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Why is it every big demand, has something to do with The Next iphone. Not that's prob gonna suck, but maybe the GS3 is selling more or because of the Gnote 2.

8. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I have my hopes and wishes and my #1 wish is for apple to crash and burn...hopefully RIM style...lol JK. But I hope the iPhone 5 is all its hyped up to be...

9. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Man this iPhone 5 stuff is getting boring, we know what is coming in iOS 6 and it's really not that exciting... It kind of a big let down, 'cus no matter how great Apple makes the hardware we've all seen that there really isn't much going on beyond that. I just thought it would be nice if they had something exciting... well more exciting then passbook and siri being able to open apps. Maybe they'll wow me still but it's looking less and less likely...

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Jellybean wasn't amazing either. Project butter, welcome to 2008.

14. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

^this hahahahahaha

15. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

LOL, at least it looks different from 2008 unlike some other company...

17. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

So you are saying the iphone came out in 2008? Which, btw, didn't really have a smooth "buttery" interface until the 3GS anyhow? I mean, if you are going to be an appletard, oh wait you are already...

21. Phullofphil

Posts: 1763; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You must not like android no matter what than. Because I have been using or had been using a older version of jelly bean on my nexus befor I got my s3 and even though it's not huge difference in design it's a huge difference in other ways and I almost would rather use it over my gs3 it works a lot smoother and I think in my opinion it's better than io$ 5 I have not tried ios 6 and yes I g ave an iPad and a iPhone 4 I get new phones often it's my drug. Expensive but healthier

12. yooperboogs

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Its going to be called the "eye phone". lol futurama.

18. ilia1986 unregistered

The new iPhone. It changes everything. Again. And again. And again. Until there is no change left because Apple patented it all.

20. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Apple as much less patents compared to Samsung.http://cdn.redmondpie.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/patent1.jpg Either way, only you guys seem to think that "sheeps" think that Apple products are innovative. Only you said it. No Apple fan that I've ever known braged about the iPhone and iPad or anything else. Apple innovated, not only on the iPhone, but they innovated as much as Samsung. The only company really innovating right now is Google.

22. ilia1986 unregistered

"No Apple fan that I've ever known braged about the iPhone and iPad or anything else" Really? How bout misters taco50 and Miz?

23. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

They sometimes go ahead of themselves but there is a difference, they don't brag about apple, they just say something bad about another company or give an argument to talk bad about other company. But look, it seems this websites is full of people that can only that talk trash about every company, including you, so don't talk about taco50 and Miz. Cause you are one. Only a few guys here have respect to what each company do, like me.

24. ilia1986 unregistered

I have respect for Apple. Does it mean that I cannot express my opinion about them? Especially when 99% of that opinion is facts? While it is true that some Android fans do nothing but mindlessly bash Apple - Apple fans are much much much worse! A lot of them are snobby elitists who believe that if a man carries a product with an Apple logo - that man is God or is otherwise somehow superior to those who do not. Again - Taco50 and Miz are prime examples of this. They don't sometimes go ahead of themselves - it's their norm. The root cause for such behavior is Apple itself - because the company always did - and does act very very arrogantly. It's really funny even - they are stupid enough to call the SGS3 the "Samsung refrigerator". I wonder what that makes of their glorious iPhone if it's sales go down due to a "refrigerator".

19. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

smaller sim harder to find when its missing

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