Sim cards are essential to today’s smartphones, they carry all the data that is essential for your phone to work with your service provider. But sim cards are also a way for those providers to lock you and your device into their network and plans. Now Apple and Samsung are working on a way to replace those sim cards with what they call an e-SIM. The e-SIM will be a way for consumers to keep their phone and switch carriers all through an app on the phone itself. The app would hold all the information that is needed for the device to work on whatever carrier you choose, likely this would be done by the carrier with an activation code of some sort.
According to a report by 9to5mac, mobile providers which are currently in the talks are said to include AT&T, T-Mobile US parent company Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa and Telefónica. The group working on this development hopes to have it rolled out some time in 2016.
The smartphone market is competitive and a dog eat dog world, so it’s refreshing to see Apple and Samsung working together to bring this technology to all platforms. It’s also refreshing to see AT&T and T-Mobile lend their support to the project, no word on Verizon and Sprint as of yet.
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