Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) announced a new standard of SIM cards, called the nano-SIM. The new SIM card is around 30 percent smaller than micro SIM cards, that emerged in the wake of smartphones. Nano-SIM card measurements are around 12 on 9 millimeters and is about 15 percent thinner than the previous SIM card standard. It is interesting as previous versions of SIM cards had just smaller width and length, but not the thickness. If the nano-SIM becomes a standard, using it in older devices will be a problem. Remember that for some people it is still hard to get a micro SIM or adjust their standard SIM card to the micro size. Moreover, many people were waiting long before the operators gave them micro SIM cards. However, G&D, who is known for producing the first SIM card 20 years ago, promises to provide an adapter so that the nano-SIM can be compatible with older devices.
It seems that nano-SIM card will become a standard very soon as back in May Apple already talked about minimizing micro SIM cards as they take too much precious space in the phone. G&D hopes that ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) will acknowledge the nano-SIM card by the end of the year. This means that we may see commercial nano-SIM cards somewhere in 2012.