SIM card for the MTN mobile network, 2012

SIM card for the MTN mobile network, 2012 (mobile telephone component) SIM card for the MTN mobile network, 2012 (mobile telephone component) SIM card for the MTN mobile network, 2012 (mobile telephone component)

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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)
Measurements:
overall: 1 mm x 82 mm x 54 mm, 4.1 g
type:
mobile telephone component
credit:
Museum Purchase