Micro SIM Only
Tiny, tidy and compact – the Micro-SIM is the neat new addition to mobile technology. This mini SIM card slots in easily, makes room for mobile hardware and allows for a sleeker, slimmer phone design.
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Micro SIM Only
What is a Micro SIM?
The well-known SIM card is actually the second incarnation of the technology, with the original SIM measuring about the size of a credit card. Creating a smaller version gave manufacturers more leeway with phone design and hardware, and now the Micro-SIM makes the technology even more compact.
Some new handsets are being designed specifically for the Micro-SIM, so standard SIMs will not fit. The change allows mobile developers to work with more room, and the technology is also proving useful for tablets as well. If you do have a Micro-SIM and want to use it in a standard SIM slot you can purchase an adaptor kit to do so.
Benefits of Micro-SIM
Although it may seem like a standard SIM takes up very little room, in terms of design and manufacture there is space to be saved, and a Micro-SIM reduces the size to effectively create more room. If we still had the credit card-sized SIM, it would be bigger than most of the handsets!
The Micro-SIM still performs the same SIM functions efficiently and effectively, allowing identification for the mobile, and attachment to a specific network. A mobile will not work without the SIM so the technology is a necessity, but bringing the size down also allows leeway with design and hardware implementation.
Micro-SIM 3 deals
Many of the deals from 3 include a Micro-SIM because some handsets are built for this technology. The iPhone 4, for example, only takes a Micro-SIM, whilst other popular handsets still use a standard SIM. You can also purchase an adaptor kit which allows a Micro-SIM to work in standard SIM slot. You could not reverse this and put a standard SIM in a Micro-SIM slot.
You can get a Micro-SIM Only deal from 3, where you buy the Micro-SIM card with preloaded allowances, without the cost of a new phone. There are deals from 3 for both SIM Only and Micro-SIM Only, but you need to make sure it’s the right SIM for your handset before you take the offer.
There are always new handsets being released by the major manufacturers, with new technology and innovations keeping things interesting and appealing to customers. The Micro-SIM is part of these technological advances, and as such you can expect more and more handsets to take advantage of the benefits of a Micro-SIM.
At present, standard SIM cards still dominate the market, but this is likely to change eventually because Micro-SIM gives the manufacturer more room for hardware and more leeway with design.