Re: I'll have you know...
You mean mini SIM?
I think that switch was quite a bit earlier - the Ericsson GH 197 from 1993 had a "normal (mini) SIM". I worked for an operator rolling out one of the first GSM networks so we had all the early phones from Orbitel & Co - I noted that the large SIM became rare quite fast.
Though some, like Motorola managed to cram the large SIM into surprisingly small phones for some years after that.