Technology news today: Apple, Samsung, GSMA to kill physical SIM cards, launch e-SIM
Are SIM cards going to become obsolete? Will you no longer need a physical SIM card to bring to life your smartphones and will you get an electronic version of SIM cards in the days to come.
If Korean tech giant Samsung and Cupertino based Apple have their way that is what is going to happen in the coming days.
The two companies that completely control the smartphone market across the world between them are working to develop an electronic version of a SIM that will actually let smartphone users change between mobile operators in a hassle free style.
The details that have come out thus far regarding this electronic SIM make us believe that the technology behind the e-SIM will be almost the same that is used in the Apple SIM. This was introduced with the iPad Air 2 and let users quickly switch between data networks on the tablet.
Nonetheless there are some major differences too. One of the differences is the fact that while users could remove the Apple SIM, the e-SIM will be non-removable, allowing the SIM card slot to be removed from smartphones. Reports suggest that GSMA is working on to actually finalize the specification of the e-SIM so that it can launch sometime next year in some select markets.
Reports suggest that the GSMA is pretty sure that a “common architecture” for the e-SIM will be eventually adopted by the telecom industry.
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