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Built-in SIM card standard coming, and US carriers are onboard

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Built-in SIM card standard coming, and US carriers are onboard
A new carrier-independent SIM card type is in the works by the GSM Association, one that will be soldered onto the phone's internals, and will be programmable remotely. Many carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are onboard, drafting the standard that is supposed to be researched for viability by January.

Devices with built-in SIM cards will then come in 2012, but removable SIMs can still be present, for those who need to use more carriers simultaneously. This all means that you can activate your phone for different carriers without even entering a store for a SIM card, and also that other gadgets such as cameras, music players, even cars, can be fitted with the chip.

We know that Apple recently started talks with the wireless security company Gemalto, whose programmable over the air SIM card solutions are used in big pilot projects for mobile payments in Europe. The chip has both read-only and regular flash, which could allow activating an iPhone via an App Store download for any given network, presumably to simplify life for European users. It's certainly not going to simplify life for jailbreakers, but we have faith in human ingenuity.

source: Electronista


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posted on 18 Nov 2010, 11:30 1

1. skymitch89 (Posts: 1115; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Wouldn't that just make them more like CDMA phones and chips? I like the fact of a removable SIM because all that needs to be done to change phones is move the SIM from one phone to the other without having to go into a store, call customer service, or go online.

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 12:05

3. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


I agree, one of the most annoying things i had to on sprint was calling them up i had to activate a phone. Mostly it would take close to 10 mins and up for the whole process. But since i switched to t-mobile the process is less 20 seconds lol. I use my blackberry for weekdays and vibrant for the weekends so theres no hassle in calling up t-mobile every friday night lol.

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 18:11

7. PHONE_FREAK (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


What if it could be built in AND removable. Meaning two slots. Or if you could do it yourself online or something.

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 11:50

2. deepu jose (unregistered)


what if the phone breaks or gets wet and you have to get your contacts.

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 12:32

4. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 863; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


What if you buy unlocked phones?

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 13:24

5. HockeyDood (Posts: 69; Member since: 14 May 2010)


Lol! in-built.....

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 13:50

6. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


I agree with everyone else's opinion. I thought one of the benefits of the SIM technology was the ability to transfer your card on your own if needed. Probably a move to promote higher mobile security since every carrier will be using SIM cards when LTE hits.

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