One of the more unusual design features of Apple’s upcoming iPad is its use of a micro-SIM rather than the more conventional SIM we’re used to. While it might not be a common format, it looks like it will be before long.
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Mitchell Bingemann at AustralianIT reports that Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have all said they are fast-tracking plans to make micro SIMs available. This needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt — there’s no confirmed release date whatsoever for the 3G-touting version of the iPad in Australia, and there’s certainly no guarantee that any micro-SIM plans that become available will offer the same value as current 3G broadband offerings.
More than anything, it’s a demonstration that telcos don’t want to miss out on Apple’s unparalleled ability to excite consumers regardless of how much they really know about a product or how tightly it locks them in.
Telcos rush to stock micro SIM for iPad [AustralianIT]