Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:51

Nano SIMs arrive ahead of iPhone 5 launch

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Reports are circulating that carriers are beginning to provide outlets with mobile phone nano SIMs ahead of the iPhone 5 launch.

A September 12 debut for the iPhone 5 now seems almost certain, and there are reports of retailers receiving nano SIMs so they are ready for the launch.

There were reports in July that European carriers were stockpiling nano SIMs, and in August photos circulated of what was purported to be the nana SIM tray for the iPhone 5.

German site iPhone Ticker reports [translation] that Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) has distributed nano SIMs to its partners "for the latest generation of smartphones that come in the near future on the market."

The nano SIM was proposed by Apple and promulgated by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in preference to a competing scheme proposed by Nokia, RIM and Motorola.

In related news, nano SIM to micro SIM and conventional SIM adaptors are already on sale in Europe (eg, by MicroSIM-Shop) allowing users with multiple devices to swap one SIM between them.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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