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Maxis launches micro SIM in Malaysia, ready for Apple iPad 3G

AvantiKumar | May 31, 2010
Micro SIM specially manufactured for new generation of smart mobile devices.

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 MAY 2010 -- Malaysian communications provider Maxis has launched a micro-SIM card to welcome Malaysian users of Apple's iPad 3G, it said.

Maxis chief operating officer Jean-Pascal Van Overbeke said more than 12 million Maxis customers may experience the next generation of smart devices such as iPad 3G expected later this year with a specially manufactured micro SIM card.

Maxis welcomes iPad 3G owners with the introduction of the micro SIM in Malaysia," said Van Overbeke. "Maxis customers will be the first in Malaysia to be able to purchase the micro-SIM by just walking into any of our 31 Maxis centres nationwide."

"A recent report predicted that smart phones of the near future would very likely be adopting the micro SIM as a standard feature," he said, adding that the length and width of the new micro SIM as 15mm [millimetre] by 12 mm, compared to the standard GSM SIM of 25 mm by 15 mm, while the thickness of both cards remained at 0.76mm.

"The micro SIM from Maxis may be used with both mobile data and broadband plans," he said. "Customers may sign up for an Enhanced Mobile Data Plan at the following prices: US$17.48  (RM58) for 500MB, US$23.51 (RM78) for 1.5GB, and US$26.53 (RM88) for 3GB. Meanwhile, Maxis Broadband customers may sign up for the following plans: US$14.47 (RM48) for 1.5GB, US$20.50 (RM68) for 3GB and US$29.54 (RM98) for 6GB (promotion ends 31 May)."

"Since SIM cards were first introduced globally, mobile device manufacturers have tried to fit maximum features into minimum space," Van Overbeke said. "The micro SIM is a natural product of this evolution and will in the very near future be able to address a wide range of communications devices which are sleeker in design. It is currently being used globally for devices such as the iPad 3G."