Apple Proposes New Sim Card
A spokesperson from ETSI, European telecoms standards body, has confirmed that Apple has submitted a proposal for a new standardized SIM card. The new SIM card will be smaller than the ones of those in the current iPhone4 and iPad.
“We were quite happy to see last week that Apple has submitted a new requirement to ETSI for a smaller SIM form factor — smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad,” said Anne Bouverot, Orange’s head of mobile services. The work on the new smaller SIM card has not yet started; the decision on starting the work can take more than a year. “This process may take some time, up to a year or more, if there is strong disagreement between industry players. However, when there is broad consensus among the companies participating in the standards committee, the process can be accelerated to a number of months,” he said. If the release of the new SIM card comes out within the next year other phone makers will most likely use Apple’s standard on the SIM creation.
Apple was not immediately available for comment on the new smaller SIM card proposal. However, Apple played a tremendous role in the mobile industry when the first iPhone was launched back in 2007. This could lead to the changing of SIM cards in other smart phones. Bouverot said: “As long as it supports the requirements that we have for the SIM card, which is a very important asset for operators, which we absolutely want to continue to support, then we’re happy that this is a development.”
“It’s certainly showing that they’re willing to work with the standardization bodies and with the operators, which we welcome,” Bouverot added. “We’re discussing how to improve our relationship.”