Nobody Asked for Smaller 'Nano-SIM' Cards, But They're Coming Anyways

By Adrian Covert on at

Data, reception, battery, screen, CPU, weight, size. These are the phone specs I'm concerned about. Smaller SIM cards? Not so much. But Giesecke & Devrient, one of the original SIM manufactuers, thinks we need a nano-SIM that's 30 per cent smaller. Great?

According to GigaOM, we could see could see this achievement in pointlessness as early as next year:

"The nano-SIM is a third smaller than the micro-SIM, which can be found inside Apple's iPhone 4 and 4S, and it is 60 percent smaller than the SIM cards found inside many of today's GSM handsets. It's also 15 percent thinner. The nano-SIM could find its way into the first mobile devices as early as next year."

The original SIM card was already small enough. The micro-SIM is almost too small. So why do we need a nano-SIM? Will it really allow cellphones to be any slimmer? Will it perform more efficiently? Will it affect anyone in any meaningful way? I'm skeptical. [Giesecke & Devrient via GigaOm via The Verge]

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