Russian microelectronics association Sitronics will furnish nano-SIM cards on orders from one of Russia’s large 3 mobile phone operators for their approaching use in new Apple iPhones, Sitronics Vice-President for Marketing and Business Development Boris Volpe pronounced on Tuesday.
Nano-SIM cards are 40 percent smaller than stream micro-SIMs used in today’s mobile Apple devices. Apple is approaching to launch a iPhone 5 in Sep and wireless operators have reportedly launched efforts to find suppliers of new customary cards. Apple’s next-generation iPhone will implement smaller SIM cards.
“Indeed, Sitronics Smart Technology is scheming to furnish a commander collection of nano-SIMs for one of a large 3 mobile operators in September-October 2012. The initial collection will contain about 50,000 cards. Presumably, these cards will be used in iPhone 5 gadgets,” Volpe told RIA Novosti.
A Russian telecommunications marketplace source told RIA Novosti Sitronics had perceived a nano-SIM label sequence from MegaFon mobile operator, nonetheless RIA Novosti was incompetent to endorse this information from other sources.
MegaFon declined to criticism on nano-SIM purchases, observant a volume of purchases and SIM-card specifications depended on a company’s sales skeleton and a array of apparatus offering by a mobile user for sale.
MTS, one of Russia’s large 3 mobile firms, that is integrated in AFK Sistema financial holding along with Sitronics, did not mention either a sequence for commander nano-SIM cards had come from it.
“MTS selects suppliers and creates purchases of SIM-cards pursuant to annual tenders while we also lane new gadgets on a marketplace and are now study a possibilities of grouping nano-SIM cards,” MTS mouthpiece Valeria Kuzmenko said.
VimpelCom, a distributor of iPhones in Russia along with MTS, pronounced a association was examining offers accessible on a market.
“A preference on a start of iPhone 5 sales will be done by Apple. That is because we can't make any forecasts on this score. As an central distributor, we design information from Apple on a product, a cost and a start of sales in Russia,” VimpelCom press secretary Anna Aibasheva said.