Apple Working on Special SIM Card to Cut Carriers Out of Retail Process?

Apple Working on Special SIM Card to Cut Carriers Out of Retail Process?

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Apple may be working on a special SIM Card to cut carriers out of the iPhone retail process, according to GigaOm sources inside European carriers. The card is reportedly being manufactured by Gemalto and will allow customers to buy their phone online or at the Apple Store and get the device working via the App Store.

It is rumored that Apple and Gemalto have created a SIM card, which is typically a chip that carries subscriber identification information for the carriers, that will be integrated into the iPhone itself. Then customers will then be able to choose their carrier at purchase at the Apple web site or retail store, or buy the phone and get their handset up and running through a download at the App Store as opposed to visiting a carrier store or calling the carrier. Either way it reduces the role of the carrier in the iPhone purchase. Gemalto and Apple have not responded to requests for comment. I am also waiting to hear back from other sources to get more details.

The SIM is said to have a upgradeable flash component and a ROM area. Gemalto will load the ROM area with IT and network security info and the flash area will receive carrier data via a local connection. Gemalto is also said to be providing the back-end infrastructure needed for provisioning.

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Apple Working on Special SIM Card to Cut Carriers Out of Retail Process?

Name - October 27, 2010 at 8:09pm
Jobs is trying to bring the CDMA method to GSM. What an asshole.
sai kuppa - October 28, 2010 at 12:57am
how is he an asshole the whole world uses GSM, its so much convenient for a traveler
Victor - October 28, 2010 at 3:09am
aaa stupid people that do not read that\'s the point, he wants to convert GSM to some kind of CDMA crap
HO - October 28, 2010 at 8:42am
ROFL, i slways argue about ppl not reading before writting.
Alicia - October 27, 2010 at 6:44pm
I think that it should be done like Canada and Europe purchase the phone outright and choose your own carrier. We are paying too much. Telus, Bell, Rogers are paying $149. for the iphone 4 under constract. Why are we paying so much more????
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