The GSMA, a group representing several mobile carriers across the world, is currently in negotiations with Apple and Samsung for the launch of electronic SIM cards. So-called e-SIMs would allow customers to switch between carriers almost instantly, without the need to get a new physical SIM from their carrier. Carriers across the world, including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, and Telefónica are all expected to support e-SIMs.
According to Financial Times, both Apple and Samsung are on board for the specification:
Apple introduced their own Apple SIM last year with the iPad Air 2, which allowed for similar carrier switching. However, it has seen support from only three carriers in the US, and only one in the UK.
The technical specification for the embedded SIM is still being finalized, and it will be at least a year before it finds its way to new devices.
Source: Financial Times
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Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
Wonder how this affects locking and unlocking devices. Sent from the iMore App
So basically, GSM woke up one day and decided it wanted to be CDMA? Maybe I'm not understanding this fully, but a physical SIM that is decoupled from the phone was one of the best parts of GSM.
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