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Nano-SIM Card Paves The Way For Thinner, Better Phones

by Emily Price | November 13, 2011November 13, 2011 12:00 pm PST

Think the micro-SIM card in your phone is small? Try a micro-SIM on for size.

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the guys behind the original SIM card just released the first nano-SIM card. Measuring in at just 12mm x 9mm, the card is 60% smaller and 15% thinner than traditional full-sized SIMs, and 30% smaller than the micro-SIMs we’ve all just started to become accustomed to.

So why would you want your SIM card to be even smaller? A smaller SIM card means that the card (and its receptacle in the phone) take up less space. The less room your SIM card takes up, the more room there is inside your phone for other things. Smaller SIM cards could also pave the way to thinner phones, or offer more room inside handsets for longer-life batteries etc.

G&D has already provided samples of the SIMs to several mobile carriers, and expects the standardization of the nano-SIM i to be implemented through the ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) by the end of the year.

An adapter is also available to make allow nano-SIMs to be used in micro-SIM and traditional SIM devices.

Emily Price

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