SIM card issued by Vodacom, 1994

Made:
1994 in South Africa
maker:
Vodacom
SIM card issued by Vodacom, 1994 (mobile telephone component) SIM card issued to celebrate the inception of the new South

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SIM card issued to celebrate the inception of the new South
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2014-96
Materials:
plastic (unidentified) and electronic components
Measurements:
overall: 54 mm x 85 mm x 1 mm, .05 kg
type:
mobile telephone component
credit:
Donated by Alan Hadden