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To “incognito” order, Russia’s Sitronics makes nanoSIM-cards for iPhone 5

24 Aug '12
Russian micro electronics maker Sitronics has plans to manufacture in September or October 2012 a pilot batch of new nanoSIM standard SIM-cards; the cards, assumed to be part of Apple’s iPhone, have been ordered by “one of Russia’s Big Three telecom providers,” news agency RIA Novosti reports citing Boris Volpe, Sitronics vice-president for marketing and business development.

The new nanoSIM-cards are said to be 40% smaller than the microSIMs used in the current Apple mobile products. Unlike the microSIM that can be cut out of an ordinary SIM-card by just removing plastic, the much thinner nanoSIM has a different contact pad and can’t be cut out.

The new iPhone launch is expected in September, and therefore Russian operators may have begun looking for suppliers of the new standard cards.

The pilot batch will reportedly include about 50,000 SIM-cards. “We assume that the cards will be used in iPhone 5,” Mr. Volpe said.

A well-informed source in Russia’s telecom market told RIA Novosti the order for the SIM-cards had come from MegaFon, a leading Russian mobile operator; however, the news agency has failed to confirm the information with other sources. MegaFon itself has also declined to comment on the news.
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