Apple and Samsung planning SIM-free phones

By | July 17, 2015


Phones without SIM card is the future of the smart phones. Imagine phone, which doesn’t require any physical SIM card, isn’t that that great.

According to the report of Financial Times, Apple and Samsung are in advance talks with some telecom companies to launch e-SIM cards. According to the report, this new embedded SIM will remain inside the phones, but will allow consumers to switch to different mobile carriers without buying the new SIM card. This will be totally different, as currently users are locked to specific network carriers in traditional SIM cards. This means that you don’t have to switch the SIM card to change the mobile network carriers.

The GSM Association, the industry group, who represents mobile operator, tells Financial Times that some major operators are on the board to shift over to e-SIM. Those carrier operators are AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange and some other international carriers. The GSMA has confirmed the Samsung and Apple association for this project.

It will take almost a year or more to use this technology for any featured phones as the technical architecture of this new SIM is yet to be finalized. As majority of the network carriers company are on board, the plan is to first finalize the technical architecture of the new e-SIM chip. The new e-SIM featured mobile phones are expected to be available by 2016.