Apple and Samsung in Talks With Telecoms to Launch e-SIM Card

Apple and Samsung in Talks With Telecoms to Launch e-SIM Card

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Apple and Samsung are in 'advanced talks' with telecoms to launch electronic SIM cards, reports the Financial Times.

The GSMA, the industry association which represents mobile operators worldwide, is close to announcing an agreement to produce a standardised embedded Sim for consumer devices that would include the smartphone makers.

The electronic SIM card would let users switch carriers or plans instantly. Networks expected to support the technology include AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone.

The parties are nearing an agreement for the 'common architecture', according to Anne Bouverot, CEO of GSMA. However, it will take at least a year before the technical specifications are finalized and the e-SIM reaches the market.

The GSMA says, “With the majority of operators on board, the plan is to finalise the technical architecture that will be used in the development of an end-to-end remote SIM solution for consumer devices, with delivery anticipated by 2016.”

Apple recently debuted its own SIM card for use with the iPad but only a few carriers such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and EE, support the card.

The GSMA says it's “continuing to work with Apple to secure their support for the initiative. While we are optimistic, a formal agreement with them is still in progress.”

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Apple and Samsung in Talks With Telecoms to Launch e-SIM Card

eth1 - July 16, 2015 at 6:28pm
NO THANKS! I would like to be able put any SIM card in my unlocked phone. I can go to any country, pop any prepaid card in the SIM slot, and I'm good to go. Unless this eSIM is somehow capable of being programmed to work as a multi-SIM, and that adding additional new prepaid numbers to it will not require an internet connection then "maybe".
Hackfest - July 16, 2015 at 5:03pm
No thanks. An unlocked phone with independent sim for me. This change could give the previous carrier unfair powers. Off contract? On contract?
Flozz - July 16, 2015 at 5:06pm
It's supposed to support any carrier like an unlocked sim would except multiple and stay with it.
asshater - July 16, 2015 at 5:12pm
They said it will allow us to instantly change service providers. That sounds great. My company is currently in process to change from ATT to TMO and it's a pain in the ass coordinating it between all of the employees to get new sim cards and phones unlocked. Would be much better if they had these newfangled esims.