SIM card issued by Vodacom, 1994

Made:
1994 in South Africa
maker:
Vodacom

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SIM card issued to celebrate the inception of the new South Africa and the switch-on of the Vodacom mobile phone network, made by Vodacom, South Africa, 1994.

GSM stands for Global System for Mobile Communications (originally Groups Spécial Mobile), which was a European standard for early mobile networks, meaning that subscribers could use their phones across the whole of Europe. A key feature of GSM was the Subscriber Identity Module, commonly known as a SIM card. This is an early South African SIM card, and shows how the standards spread across the globe. The design on the card celebrates the new post-apartheid South Africa and the launch of the Vodacom Network in June 1994.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2014-96
Materials:
electronic components, plastic (unidentified)
type:
mobile telephone component
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • telephone
  • mobile telephone
credit:
Donated by Alan Hadden

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