SIM cards will be a thing of the past soon. As per a report published on Financial Times, Apple and Samsung are in talks with GSMA (GSM Association) for replacing the old-age SIM cards for connecting to the mobile networks with e-SIMs.
The electronic SIM cards would be embedded in the phones and would give the mobile network subscribers the ability to switch networks without swapping in different SIM cards. This will usher in the era of advanced apps and cheaper tariff plans where the user can switch between the networks for better tariffs, as he/she currently does for switching apps.
The technology is similar to what Apple introduced with Apple SIM with iPad Air 2. It would support multiple operators but it unlike Apple SIM it would be embedded in the device itself. The list of devices includes phones, tablets, home gadgets, traffic light controllers, etc.
e-SIM technology already has the support of major telecom operators including AT&T, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, and Telefonica.
“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,” said GSMA.
How Will It Benefit The Mobile Phone Industry?
The phone and tablet makers will no longer need to include a separate slot for the SIM card which would help them to create even thinner gadgets.
The telecom companies will also benefit from this technology as they the users would be able to switch between the networks for better packs and rates. Imagine yourself using a couple of networks for calling, data, and texting. I’m also hoping that the technology can be improved to support multiple e-SIMs in a single SIM module.
GSMA believes that the technology will be adopted by the mobile industry very soon.
“We have got everyone back on one point, with Apple and Samsung agreeing to be part of that specification. We have been working with them and others to create an industry solution for machines and will agree a solution for consumer electronics,” said GSMA.
However, it will at least take a couple of years till the e-SIM technology becomes mainstream and adopted by all the leading telecom companies in India. But one thing is sure, e-SIM will bring the next evolution in smart gadgets.