ETSI slashes SIM size by 40%
June 04, 2012
Europe’s ICT standards body faces accusations of acquiescing to Apple’s demand for smaller SIM cards, after releasing specifications for a card 40% smaller than current modules.
ETSI’s smart card platform technical committee has agreed to cut SIM sizes to 12.3mm by 8.8mm by 0.67mm to free up space for a growing number of smartphone components. The group, comprising operators, smart card makers and device vendors, claims the smaller SIMs will deliver the same functionality as current models, and be backwards compatible.
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