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Nano-SIM cards now shipping to carriers

04 September, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
Nano-SIM cards now shipping to carriers - read the full textThe nano-SIM standard became official just this year and all rumors suggests the next-gen iPhone to be the first device using it. Just like the micro-SIM slot used for the first time in the iPhone 4, the nano-SIM just feels right for the next iPhone. With the iPhone 5 launch closing, the...


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I had a iPhone 4 which uses the microSIM. I now have a Samsung Galaxy Grand. 5" screen and its dual SIM, both the regular mini SIM, yeah proper SIM cards. This makes for a great travellers phone who buys a new SIM each time entering a new country. If I was to buy a new phone today I'm get the dual SIM 5.8" Galaxy Mega.

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  • 2013-08-31 18:37
  • wrf1

Isn't life more simple when we have standards, for a long time we have had a standard nicely sized sim card. Now that phones have generally been getter bigger instead of smaller, someone decides the sim card should be smaller! Why! OK great it saves a little space in a phone but adds a lot of inconvenience to customers, especially for anyone who travels a lot and often swaps sim cards. The number of sim cards I now see messily taped up in order to convert a micro-SIM back to the more standard size! Often from those who upgraded from a iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S3 or Note. Another Apple ploy, once you cut your sim down in size its difficult to change back to other phones! Now they have saved slightly more space by making a nano sim. Now the situations is even worse and a nano sim is even more tricky to handle. The happy world of once one size sim cards is now a less compatible inconvenient 3 different sizes! Thanks Apple (NOT), you really make my life simpler by buying your products.

Same goes for the now standard charger / data port of microUSB, now there is a damn lightning cable that's not even faster than its predecessor.

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  • 2012-09-16 13:15
  • trpw

If they want to make more money they should increase the price for phone rather causing inconvenience.
The most important of all is charger.
iPhone alone is not shifting to micro USB..... That's some cheap money making style that doesn't go with Apple.

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  • 2012-09-15 05:22
  • vGYw

i have brought I- Phone 5g & MINI MICRO SIm...

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  • 2012-09-05 11:55
  • 98WG

wow so much hate over a little sim card. This makes sense. This is what the micro-sim should always have been. We only need the gold piece, so as much of the plastic should go as possible. There can be little bad about this. Saves space to allow for bigger batterys, thinner and smaller phones. There is no cost to consumers, Networks will give you free SIM cards and if you need a new one, the network will sort it. Dont see the problem

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  • 2012-09-05 10:27
  • mqy5

> In reply to Anderaz @ 2012-09-05 09:16 from 0x}L - click to readNot really.
The nano SIM was designed in order to save space in future device. And just because the winner for design of nano SIM is Apple doesn't mean nobody wants it. (AFAIK, Nokia and RIM also come out with their nano SIM design but didn't win)
I agreed that nano SIM seems ridiculous, even the micro SIM is not so widely used on today devices.
But still, it's for the future..

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  • 2012-09-05 09:58
  • Py8B

> In reply to AllanWKF @ 2012-09-05 00:58 from vV5G - click to readI don't understand it too...
If nobody (to be clear: NOBODY), as we can read everywhere on the internet, wanted the nanosim why are they doing it???
It's a nonsense.
99% of the comments on the web are negative, so why doing such a stupid and unuseful thing?

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  • 2012-09-05 09:16
  • 0x}L

> In reply to Mindprison @ 2012-09-04 21:09 from dW2V - click to readyes you are right, if you drop your phone and if the nano sim pops out, it will be very difficult to find it.

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  • 2012-09-05 08:44
  • Sqj}

Now it's clear why Apple pushed its own version of nano SIM standard. They already produce it and didn't want to loose money because of some better design by other companies ;)

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  • 2012-09-05 08:26
  • HHHH

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-09-04 20:33 from 8yU2 - click to readyou said it man.

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  • 2012-09-05 07:56
  • PMVR

Oh god, how many times must i change my SIM card when i renew my contract?

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  • 2012-09-05 07:22
  • uHZy

Isn't it ironic how today's phone's keep getting bigger and bigger yet these stupid sim cards keep getting smaller. I mean honestly why the added inconvenience man. I'm sure you got plenty of space in that 5 inched phablet sized thing that barely fits in your pocket; to host a regular sim card.

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  • 2012-09-05 07:06
  • PUfQ

> In reply to aCaP @ 2012-09-05 06:19 from TKbV - click to readApple has a patent on the design.

They make money from others as well.

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  • 2012-09-05 06:43
  • bEx8

another pointless change from crapple

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  • 2012-09-05 06:19
  • sfQM

> In reply to Mindprison @ 2012-09-04 21:09 from dW2V - click to readi agree with. same function but useless size reduction. its pointless because apple only want to make it to be the first company using any new technology...somemore this new nanosim will limit it use to an iphone5 only.

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  • 2012-09-05 06:19
  • TKbV

another way to make money. you have to buy new sim,new handset, new gadget.....

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  • 2012-09-05 06:07
  • ALKY

Unlike the SD --> MiniSD --> MicroSD shift, there is NO benefit of having a micro or nano SIM card.

Yeah I know, it fits in a smaller space but by how much? a few cubic mm aren't going to fit anything else into phones that are already large (and growing!)

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  • 2012-09-05 05:16
  • tRnj


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  • 2012-09-05 04:19
  • vCP5

The different of Nano-Sim cards is consumer have to pay extra $$$$ :)

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  • 2012-09-05 04:09
  • ib7v

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-09-05 02:19 from Fv4G - click to readCitation needed...

Wadda U telling is groundless lies. It's true SIM card were have many technology changes; I'm referring to chip tech here (120nm, 90nm, etc). They do making changes on the wattage being used.

Dude, changing the form factor won't change current rate being used unless the chip being replaced, that's just marketing pattern that will abusively drainage your pocket. Please don't compare to fat vs slim guys.

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  • 2012-09-05 03:41
  • 9xx6

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