After about 24 years since they were first launched, SIM cards might be replaced by a more flexible type of technology called e-SIM.
Apple and Samsung have been working on a plan to replace SIMs with a new type of smartphone embedded card, which would allow easier changes between carriers. The new type of SIM would allow a customer to use the same phone without being required to stick to dedicated carrier while also being able to switch between the networks of choice.
The new technology could end the decades long dependency on classic SIM cards, and would come at a time when phones are not just phones anymore.
The smartphone with its internet connection abilities and app accessibility has less in common with a phone than with a laptop. Thus a change in the requirements it operates on is not surprising at all.
Several mobile carriers are engaged in negotiations with Apple and Samsung , on how to implement the new e-SIM cards. The expected change could take place sometime during 2016.
The new type of SIM would come embedded in new smartphone models, and would remain unlocked for any carrier services regardless of the network that it came with.
Apple is already offering a technology which allows users to switch between major carriers on several iPad models, called Apple SIM. This feature could be available soon on other iOS devices including smartphones.
However, the entire extent of this technology might be uncalled for. Customers from Eastern Europe especially, can call on the services of smartphone technicians which usually can find a way to bypass the SIM locking feature entirely.
Mobile carriers have to sometimes install firmware on the products that they sell, in order to render the devices unusable for other networks. If such a method has not been used by the seller network most phones can be professionally unbranded by reflashing a different firmware version.
Several other reasons might hinder the new e-SIM technology, including the fact that most carriers sell either discounted or free phones as a bonus for yearlong contracts.
Since the user could just sign the contract and receive a free phone, the company relies on the fact that the customer cannot simply switch carriers and stop paying the monthly bills.
However, considering that it has been reported that the two rivals , Apple and Samsung have been initiating talks with carrier companies, we can expect a cost effective solutions to be found by the time the new technology is released.
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