Korean giant Samsung and Cupertino giant Apple are reportedly talking with telecom companies as well as GSMA in a bid to fix a deal over the standardization of e-SIMs, according to The Financial Times. This will mean an official end to the plastic SIM cards as we see them now.
If the latest E-SIM technology is indeed made real, it will allow embedded SIM chips to be put to use so that users are not tied down to any specific network provider, as is the case now. This will also signify that the E-SIM will support all devices to be connected to the carrier whereby the user chooses to register.
The Networks Involved
As per the source, few networks that are in talks with Samsung and Apple are Etisalat , AT&T, Hutchison Whampoa , Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Vodafone and Telefónica. We aren’t too sure if more smartphone manufacturers too are interested in the E-SIM deal and the technical details or construction details for the new SIM types are not yet finalised even superficially.
Anne Bouverot, Chief Executive at GSMA says, “With the majority of operators on board, the plan is to finalize 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.”