SIM cards could be ditched next year

Apple and Samsung look to get on board with networks to launch e-SIMs.
by
SIM cards could be ditched next year

SIM cards are an important part of any phone as they let you connect to your network. They’re also a bit of a hassle. If you want to change networks, you have to get a new SIM and make sure your phone can accept it.

But for the last few years, the GSMA, the association that represents the world’s mobile networks, has been working to get Electronic SIMs, or e-SIMs, built into devices. These would be programmable, letting you switch networks much more easily.

Now the technology looks to be a step closer to a global launch as Apple and Samsung have joined in advanced talks on building it into their smartphones.

They’re joining the world’s biggest networks in pushing for e-SIM cards. At the moment, it’s thought that AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchinson Whampoa, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone are all welcoming e-SIMs. Deutsche Telekom, Hutchinson Whampoa, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone own all UK mobile networks.

With the world’s top two smartphone makers on board, the GSMA can start working on the technical side of e-SIMs. It’s thought that the plans could be finalised in 2016, with a launch soon after.

The GSMA said: “With the majority of operators on board, the plan is to finalise the technical architecture that will be used in the development of an end-to-end remote SIM solution for consumer devices, with delivery anticipated by 2016.”

So what do you think? Does it sound like a good idea to have built-in SIM cards that can switch networks in an instant? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Source: link
Topics:  , , , ,

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
When you’re looking for a phone for your child, have you ever considered SIM Only or SIM Free option
eSIM is an exciting new technology that you'll find on the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max. Let us explain

24 September, 2018
From the new iPhone Xs Max to the Samsung Galaxy Note9 - big phones just keep getting...
21 September, 2018
Apple Watch Series 4 truly breaks the mould, with some incredible new features and...
21 September, 2018
Bill capping is here to take away those nasty surprises, and in this article, we’ll...
20 September, 2018
The iPhone Xs and Xs Max have a new dual-camera system packed with awesome features....
19 September, 2018
How Apple has just unveiled its new flagship, the iPhone Xs. How does it compare...

21 September, 2018
Bill capping is here to take away those nasty surprises, and in this article, we’ll...
12 September, 2018
The waiting is finally over, and Apple’s latest smartphones – the iPhone XS, iPhone...
3 September, 2018
We’ve always been taught to judge a camera phone by how many megapixels it has. But...
30 August, 2018
Honor has finally launched the Honor Play smartphone in Europe. It's a powerful phone...
30 August, 2018
Sony has unveiled the Sony Xperia XZ3 at IFA 2018. It uses the same awesome screen...
9 August, 2018
Samsung has revealed the new super powerful Note9 at its Unpacked event in New York....
8 August, 2018
All about Google’s latest version of Android, and some exciting features.We take...
7 August, 2018
Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event takes place in New York on 9 August, 2018. Here's...
30 July, 2018
The next Samsung is coming some. There are a lot of rumours doing the rounds right...
23 July, 2018
We’re here to whet your appetite with a few of the rumours doing the rounds about...
29 June, 2018
We’re well aware of Amazon and Netflix in the world of entertainment streaming, but...
5 June, 2018
Apple’s annual developer’s conference (WWDC 2018) has kicked off, and the keynote...