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Nano-SIMs shipment started, iPhone 5 could be the first smartphone to use it

The shipment of nano-SIM cards, which became official this year, has already started and iFun was among the first few lucky ones to get their hands on a Telekom NanoSIM. Together with this news is the speculation that iPhone 5 (or the New iPhone) could be the first of all new generation smartphones to use these much smaller modules.


Back in March, Apple, Nokia and other industry players submitted their proposed designs for the new generation SIM cards in which ETSI members will cast their votes after thorough testing. The voting was reportedly over back in May although ETSI hasn’t revealed which of the designs get most of the votes by then.

In early June, reports suggested that Apple won the Nano-SIM contest against Nokia, Research in Motion and Google’s newly-acquired company, Motorola Mobility. The SIM standard—which is officially known as the fourth form factor (4FF)—will be 40 percent smaller than the current smallest SIM card design, at 12.3 millimeters by 8.8 mm by 0.67 mm, according to the report from PC World.

In a photo published by, it has properly differentiated the size difference between a micro-SIM and nano-SIM by putting them together side-by-side. While the new iPhone will be larger than iPhone 4S, it is believed to be thinner with more power in its battery.

Tech enthusiasts reckon that the new device set to launch in a week will feature a bigger battery. If such is the case, there is a valid reason why Apple has to shrink the size of the SIM card just to save some precious millimeters inside. Numerous leaks from different sources also show that iPhone 5 will, indeed, be the first smartphone released this year to make use of the nano-SIM.

Just a little more time and we will know if all these rumors were true. Apple already confirmed that iPhone 5’s official launching will be on September 12.

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