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Smaller SIM Packaging

Status: Not For Us
by jamesd2010 on ‎19-06-2011 12:57

As part of giffgaff’s ethos of being environmentally friendly, I feel that the idea to change how we look at our SIM packaging is required. My focus in this idea is the plastic SIM holder users receive to show the activation code, and then house the SIM.


What can be done?

It’s simple, this extra space is not needed at all, and we could shrink the plastic holder by half and still have sufficient space needed for the plastic holder to serve its purpose. Shrinking this would make things different; only one other network orange has done this, as you will see with the image below:


orange sim.png


What would this mean for giffgaff?

  • Half the amount of waste
  • Would make the company more sustainable, and a much greener business
  • Would expand on giffgaff’s ethos of being green, and efficient
  • Would reduce the weight of SIM packages
  • Enable giffgaff to ship more SIMs per envelope
  • Overall, the production costs would be far less than producing SIM cases double the size.

If we was to reduce the Size of the SIM package, it would indeed save giffgaff money, I also think that it adds a more unique approach on how things are looked at. Obviously giffgaff are extraordinary, they’re different, so to see this change would most certainly show the idea of this.


Size does matter – And using the smaller SIM cases would overall reduce costs. The only issue as it stands is the number of batches of the original size we have. This isn’t much of a problem, as they’ve already done the damage, giffgaff have paid for this, if the idea was to be implemented, we could see this happen when the old batches have all gone.


Looking at the scale of the issue, more than 2.9 billion SIM cards weighing 11,600 tonnes were shipped to mobile operators across the globe in 2008* – Giffgaff could change this. Orange have already started the process, and have received recognition for doing such thing.


I have gone and got an Orange reduced SIM holder, and taken a photo in comparison to giffgaff's below:



*Statistics taken from:


Kudo this idea if you like it, I think this change would be great, and save giffgaff more money.



Status: Not For Us

[11th Feb 2015]: This idea has been set to 'Not For Us'


Hi all, this idea is very inline with our environmentally friendly values, and it's an area of interest tha we want to explore more. In this particular idea our hands are a bit tied by the options open to us, so unfortunately it's not something that we can do at the moment. We still want to hear all of your ideas for how we can be more environmentally conscious, so keep them coming.


Thanks everyone.

by yaakov1 ‎19-06-2011 13:13 - edited ‎19-06-2011 13:16

Good idea.

But if they do this then they dont need to do this:smileyvery-happy:

And its very similar to the edit part here , but in much more detail.

Good idea though

by coloncancer on ‎19-06-2011 13:17

There is no need for the full size SIM anymore, no modern phones take a full-SIM.  I recently received a vodafone SIM and they supplied the Mini-SIM only.  I think GG should start doing that.

by yaakov1 on ‎19-06-2011 13:19


andeveryone uses new phones?............................

so order a micro sim

by jaygb1982 on ‎19-06-2011 13:19

Great Idea!

by coloncancer on ‎19-06-2011 13:32

yaakov - I think the vast majority of people use a phone that uses a Mini-SIM - how many phones are you aware of that are still in operation that use a full size SIM card?  I haven't seen one used for many years.


by yaakov1 on ‎19-06-2011 13:43

lots of phones do

by coloncancer on ‎19-06-2011 13:46

Which?  I'm not aware of any phone made in the past ~7+ years that uses a full size SIM.  All phones now use a Mini or Micro-SIM.


by giffgaff head-scratcher darrenpainter on ‎19-06-2011 13:46

Yaakov, I think you are confusing the sizes


Full size = Credit card sized (used back in the 90's on some phones)

Mini sim = the standard used in most phones nowadays

micro sim = used in iPhone 4 and iPads

by edoubleliot ‎19-06-2011 14:08 - edited ‎19-06-2011 14:09

Uhh, I'm pretty sure just about every phone, (bar the iPhone and perhaps a couple of others) uses the SIM size that GiffGaff currently supplies. I think I'm a bit confused though!?

by jamesd2010 on ‎19-06-2011 14:11
It's probablly the comments confusing you, if you re read the initial idea I think you'll understand. Unless you're on about something else?

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