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European Carriers Stockpiling Nano-SIMs Ahead of Expected Upcoming iPhone Launch

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  1. macrumors bot



    Following the selection of Apple's proposed design as the new nano-SIM standard last month, Financial Times reports that European carriers have begun stockpiling the new nano-SIMs in expectation that Apple's next-generation iPhone will be launching using the new standard in the coming months.

    Apple's nano-SIM design next to current micro-SIM (Source: The Verge)
    Back in May, however, one iPhone parts vendor posted what was said to be the SIM tray for the next-generation iPhone, with the part appearing nearly identical to the micro-SIM tray found in the iPhone 4S. If that part is genuine, it would appear that Apple has either chosen to continue using the micro-SIM standard or has quickly changed course with the ratification of the nano-SIM standard to embrace the smaller design.

    Article Link: European Carriers Stockpiling Nano-SIMs Ahead of Expected Upcoming iPhone Launch
  2. macrumors 6502

    Looks like the nano SIM basically just eliminated the plastic edges around the metal part, why didn't they do that to begin with?
  3. macrumors 6502


    i was thinking the same thing.....
  4. macrumors member

    Here's hoping that GiffGaff are part of the effort (or do they get their SIMs from o2 as well?).
  5. macrumors demi-god


    News Flash: There are nano-sims. Could be for iPhone, might not be though.
  6. macrumors 603


    so my cousin got a new samsung the other day and i got so used to microsim that i broke the sim out of the bigger plastic thingy only to find out that it wouldnt fit anymore ... tried it anyway and then the sim was stuck in her phone. needless to say my cousin was about to kill me :D
  7. macrumors member

    is this just a ploy to stop people cutting down regular sized sims to fit so that they can charge much more for 'iPhone' price plans...?
  8. macrumors 68040


    Like mini-DVI, mini-displayport and micro SIM you can always rely on Apple to make stuff redundant after very, very little time.

    iMac G5 with iSight Camera? NO here have some Intel iMac a few months later.

    And to think there are kids growing up today that will never see a Firewire cable.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    No. They can still do that with the new nano sim.
  10. macrumors regular


    Nano my arse. That's the biggest 1MB memory card in production.
  11. macrumors 65816

    I hope that people will be able to use normal sims that have been cut in this slot. Because remember, nanosim is also slimmer.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Oh really. These "sources" are genius :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors 6502a

    To some extent maybe, but I believe it's more Apple trying to make more room for other components, like the battery for example. Not too much space, but inside an iPhone, a millimeter is like a mile in the real world.
  14. JayTruth, Jul 16, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Will my tmobile $30 100 min sim work in here if I cut it?
  15. macrumors member

  16. MRU


    Nano sim with large reinforced sim tray which combined equal size of normal sim... ;) almost an oxymoron of design :)
  17. macrumors 6502

    Why is this stockpiling only being reported as a European phenomenon? #justcurious
  18. macrumors 601


    Once in awhile I think Apple does things, just to grab more headlines, attention and controversy. It's a brilliant strategy, even if it can be rather trivial and annoying. No one ever said that Apple is boring :)
  19. macrumors G4


    Oh yippe another pain in the ass sim card switch. I can't wait till we get to the point where they annihilate the sim card in its entirety, and any of its conveniences altogether. :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Can a Nano-SIM be cut out of a Micro SIM? (Like how a Micro SIM can be cut down from a normal SIM)
  21. macrumors 601


    Micro-sim hasn't even been fully adopted and we are already going to nano-sim...
  22. macrumors 6502a


    So what?

    How about Apple supplies the SIM? Then, you just have to register it with the provider.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Can anyone explain why we actually have sim cards rather than some kind of internal chip? Would it not be easier to have a built in chip which just gets registered with whatever carrier you go with?
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Won't have the right codes.


    Because Verizon and Sprint do that and they have proven again and again how it is a TERRIBLE idea.
  25. macrumors regular


    In theory, that would be great: if the chip was entirely in your control, then you could just download a new set of carrier codes onto the fixed chip and -- BOOM -- you've switched carriers. Nice. :cool:

    Unfortunately, in practise the carriers would only accept such a system if *they* were the one's in charge of the chip, and then you'd end up with a horrible super-locked-down system like with CDMA in the USA (and a couple other countries). It's a pity, but there ya go. :mad:

    Anyway, such a chip was proposed (by Apple, I think), and sure enough the carriers refused to cooperate. So it's a no go. :(

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