European Mobile Carriers Stock Up on Nano-SIM Cards Ahead of iPhone 5 Launch
Even though Apple has yet to confirm the next-generation iPhone or anything about it, many European mobile carriers are placing orders for Nano SIMs in anticipation of the iPhone 5 launch, which is rumored to drop in September or October this year. These Nano SIM cards aren’t even on the market yet but Apple’s proposal to use the technology won over Nokia’s proposal with the industry standards group, paving the way for its use in iPhone and other future smartphone devices.
Carriers are said to be stockpiling the cards, the only part of modern smartphone technology that is controlled by carriers. According to The Financial Times
, “sources with knowledge of the situation” expect the iPhone 5 to have slimmer design, which makes a smaller SIM card pretty much necessary. The carriers don’t want to run out of stock of Nano SIMs, as they did when the micro-SIM was used in the iPhone 4 and the iPad for the first time.
The decision to stock up on Nano SIMs is still quite a risky one though as it would be quite the pain to find out that Apple will use the current micro-SIM in the upcoming iOS devices. The Cupertino California company is known to play the waiting game, as it slowly gains patents and makes design choices far ahead of actual to-market devices and technologies, along with being relatively secret for as much as possible. Although in theory the Nano-SIM seems like it’s the perfect fit, it might not be what Apple decides to go with as nothing has been announced yet.
Source: The Financial Times