Nano SIM is really small

Nano SIM is really smallYou know how Apple likes being really awkward and different, and makes us use those silly Micro SIMs in the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on the pretense that it somehow saves oodles of space?

Well things are about to get even smaller, baby. Can you say “Nano SIM”? Yes, I imagine you probably can.

A tiny portion of devices has adopted the Micro SIM. The Nokia Lumia 800 is another obvious one, but I, uhm, can’t think of any others. Can I phone a friend here, Chris?

But that hasn’t stopped Giesecke & Devrient charging ahead and making things ever-so-slightly smaller. The Nano SIM is around two-thirds the size of a Micro SIM, measuring 12mm x 9mm.

The press release from G&D explains: “Compared to the SIM cards most widely used today, the nano-SIM is almost 60 percent smaller. It offers device manufacturers the crucial advantage of freeing up extra space for other mobile phone components, such as additional memory or larger batteries.

“And because nano-SIM cards are significantly smaller and thinner, they will also make it easier to create thinner devices.”

And we all know thinner means better, don’t we kids?

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CTPAHHIK  Nov. 15, 2011 at 11:35

Current SIM card size is just fine. You won't save much with nano SIM. Put some storage options on it instead. Like email, contact, messages backup (encrypted of course).

Off topic, why do we need a SIM card? Verizon phones work just fine without one. OTA activation of phone without use of SIM card?

lumpaywk  Nov. 15, 2011 at 12:44

Current SIM card size is just fine. You won't save much with nano SIM. Put some storage options on it instead. Like email, contact, messages backup (encrypted of course).

Off topic, why do we need a SIM card? Verizon phones work just fine without one. OTA activation of phone without use of SIM card?


This is a good point SIM cards should by now be obsolete. They origionally allowed you to keep contacts etc and move from one phone to another but nowadays we dont use the sim for this at all. It is just a key to unlock the device and give it an identifier for the network. All this could be done on the actual phone itself negating the need for a sim. I get that this way you can swap a device and keep the same number really easy but you could get around this by useing a log in etc or being able to register a handset to multiple contracts and/or multiple handsets to a contract.

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 15, 2011 at 16:03

You can't register multiple accounts or phones. You need IMEI and phone number to register. Cannot have two IMEIs or two phone numbers.

iampav  Nov. 21, 2011 at 08:34

This must be a software issue. That said, maybe it's one if the few things allowing networks to exercise some control.
Plus, it detaches use of phone from use if contract - like saying why do we have bank cards. Without sims, phones could surely be hacked to work on a network without purchasing a contract.
Again, not impossible to resolve with software, but you'd need industry standards. This might be beyond some simplistic phones too

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 22, 2011 at 08:55

I can easily make a copy of SIM card with appropriate reader/writer hardware. I sure hope that both SIMs will get blocked, if network detects that there is a duplicate.

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