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07-17-2012, 04:57 AM #1
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
07-17-2012, 05:49 AM #2
That's one tiny SIM
07-17-2012, 05:50 AM #3
whatever, apple ... how about a longer-lasting battery? how about a battery that can be easily replaced by the user? how about better sound quality through a better speaker system? expandable storage? i'm giving this list to santa claus for delivery to apple.
07-17-2012, 06:15 AM #4
07-17-2012, 06:39 AM #5
It's not actually that small is it?
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07-17-2012, 08:48 AM #7
wow it's not even close to being that small! it's the size of the gold part on micro sim
07-17-2012, 09:23 AM #8
That depiction is WAY off scale. They aren't supposed to be much smaller than a micro-SIM.
Mini-SIM: 25mm x 15mm
Micro-SIM: 15mm x 12mm
Nano-SIM: 12.3mm x 8.8mm
07-17-2012, 09:24 AM #9
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07-17-2012, 10:17 AM #12
easily replaceable: as it sounds like a nice feature 95% of people with devices with removable batteries (that i no) don't walk around with a spare and never will don't see the point in it (personally)
Speaker: u got a point iPhone a has dinky speaker
Expandable storage: from apple? thats funny
07-17-2012, 12:03 PM #13
I'm sure that's not to scale. I've read a few other articles on the nano sim and it's said to be ~30-40% smaller than the micro sim. Not sure if they've come up with a final design yet but I picture it to be just the chip with even more plastic shaved off, basically like what they did to get the micro sim.
07-17-2012, 03:02 PM #14
Thats what a nano sim looks like.. not sure why they would use such a bad picture for this story
07-17-2012, 07:38 PM #15
Wow that's one small SIM.
07-17-2012, 07:53 PM #16
Apple doesn't give that kind of control over their products and they probably never will. One of the most profitable companies on the planet knows what they are doing. One disgruntled customer compared to millions of happy users, is not even worth mentioning. Maybe you should stick with your Android phone@Hank and stop ranting about have nots. Moving forward..the sim is incredibly small yikes. I can imagine dropping this thing and never finding it again haha! I mean i hope they don't have a slide out try..just have an insert like a microSD card that would work for me, as i've never lost one of those. Also i find it unlikely they do this as they've only been using micro sims for 2 generations of the iPhone..not enough time in my opinion but we shall see soon.
07-18-2012, 01:57 AM #17
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07-18-2012, 08:26 AM #19
i own an iphone - not an android. however, there are a few features i wish apple would incorporate into its system. i've been looking closely at the s3, and i am sooo tempted. maybe the realease of the new iphone will take care of that. in the meantime, we all can dream. can't we? (fyi: the avatar is only a metaphor)
p.s. i like my iphone, but i'm not married to it. if the new iphone does not surpass the s3, i will not hesitate to drop this thing like a fat lover.
Last edited by hank197857; 07-18-2012 at 10:39 AM.