In what appears to be another sign of Apple Inc.'s newest iPhone launching soon, European carriers have started stocking up on nano-SIM cards, a tech site reported Tuesday.
CNET cited an article
on the Financial Times saying this was despite the lack of an official announcement from Apple on when its latest smartphone will launch.
Apple's nano-SIM design is 40 percent smaller than the micro-SIMs found in many current smartphones. The mobile phone industry's standards group had adopted Apple's design for a nano-SIM earlier this year.
The Financial Times had cited two sources who claim the stockpiling stemmed from an anticipation of high demand for the new iPhones.
When the iPhone 4 and the original iPad were released, many carriers did not have enough micro-SIMs, CNET quoted the Financial Times article as saying.
This time, the carriers are not keen on a repeat of the incident, it added. -GMA News