What is a SIM Card and What Are the Different Types of SIM Cards
Published on 30.11.2022
A SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card with a chip that stores subscriber identity and its key used to identify and authenticate each unique user. The SIM connects mobile phones to the respective cellular network and enables services like calling, wifi calling and texting.
Staying connected with your loved ones is important and what better than a SIM card as your source of connectivity, entertainment, convenience, visibility, reach and security – all in one go! Here is an in-depth guide for you to better understand SIM card types.
A SIM card contains:
International mobile subscriber Identity (IMSI)
Security authentication and ciphering information
Temporary local network information
List of services availed by subscribers
Two passwords: Personal Identity Number (PIN), Personal Unblocking Code (PUC)
Different types of SIM cards and their Usage:
Full-Size SIM Cards: Initially, SIM cards used to be huge, sized like credit cards to fit into larger phones. But with the advent of sleeker smartphones, these full-size SIM cards became obsolete.
Mini SIM: Launched after the full-size SIM cards, these mini SIMs were also known as standard SIM cards. The dimensions of the mini SIM were 25x15mm, but these could be converted into a micro SIM by manually cutting out the extra plastic on the mini-SIM.
Micro SIM: Micro SIMs are smaller versions of the mini-SIM, with dimensions 12x15mm, designed to make smartphones lighter. Although most devices now use nano SIM cards, some older handsets and tablets still use micro SIMs.
Nano SIM: With the evolution of the SIM card from full size to nano, this is probably as small as SIM cards might get. Nano SIM is almost the size of the integrated circuit (IC) chip on the SIM card. First introduced around 2012, most smart devices today use the nano SIM card.
eSIM: Short for Embedded SIM cards, an eSIM is a digital SIM that is built-in into your device. It enables you to use mobile services seamlessly without a physical SIM.
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