SIM card for the MTN mobile network, 2012

Made:
2012 in Unknown place
Top: 2014-84. Mobile phone SIM card for use with MTN network in Cameroon, bought in Buea, Cameroon, 2012.
      
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Top: 2014-84. Mobile phone SIM card for use with MTN network in Cameroon, bought in Buea, Cameroon, 2012. SIM cards
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Mobile phone SIM card for use with MTN network in Cameroon, bought in Buea, Cameroon, 2012.

SIM cards are a crucial to making a mobile phone work. This example was purchased by Science Museum staff on a trip to Cameroon in 2012. It enabled the staff members to use a mobile phone on the MTN mobile network, one of two commercial network providers operating in Cameroon at the time. SIM stands for 'Subscriber Identity Module', and is a key part of GSM, an international agreement about the technical standards used by mobile phones. GSM originated in a handful of European companies, but soon spread around the world.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2014-84
Materials:
metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
type:
mobile telephone component
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • telephone
  • mobile telephone
credit:
Museum Purchase