Amid iPhone 5 rumors, Globe to offer nano-SIMs

Posted at 09/06/12 7:19 PM

Globe's new nano-SIM. Photo: Handout

MANILA, Philippines – Starting this month, Globe Telecom Inc. will offer subscriber identity module (SIM) cards smaller than the integrated circuits found in the iPhone 4 and 4S and other new devices.

Called nano-SIMs, these cards measure 12.3 millimeters wide, 8.8 millimeters high and 0.67 millimeters thick. It is 40% smaller than its predecessor, the micro SIM.

“We offer the revolutionary nano-SIMs in our Globe stores with the availability of newer smartphone models using this type of SIM very soon. With the nano SIM and its stunning features and specifications, our smartphone experience will definitely be taken to another level,” Martha Sazon, head of Globe Postpaid, said in a statement.

Quoting the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Globe said the new nano-SIMs are “packaged and distributed in a way that is backward-compatible with existing SIM cards.”

“The new design will offer the same functionality as all current SIM cards,” ETSI added.

Globe made the announcement about the nano-SIMs amid rumors that Apple’s newest smartphone, the iPhone 5, will be launched next week.

It has been widely speculated that the iPhone 5 may be the first nano-SIM handset.