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Nano-SIM Standard receives ETSI approval

The Verge reports that the European Telecommunications Standards Institute has adopted a proposal for a new nano-SIM format. The new design will be approximately 40 percent smaller than the existing micro-SIM format and will be packaged in a way designed to be backward-compatible with existing SIM card designs in much the same way that micro-SIM cards are currently distributed.

Today’s announcement follows several weeks of discussion and conflict between two major proposals for the new standard put forward by competing mobile groups; Motorola, Nokia and RIM had proposed their own design in opposition to a proposal made by Apple. Both designs were revised throughout the selection process with the resulting final designs now very similar to each other with exactly the same exterior dimensions. ETSI has not yet published the specifications for the new standard and has declined to comment on which group’s design was selected. [via Mac Rumors]

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Is there any possible reason for the world to need a new SIM card size? Exactly what benefits will it bring? Surely the amount of cards that over time will have to be thrown away will counteract any cost savings in making the cards smaller.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on June 4, 2012 at 5:31 AM (CDT)

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