Apple, Samsung to Adopt GSMA-Backed Electronic SIMs

Posted by at 10:14 am on July 16, 2015

GSMA LogoThe GSMA said it is in advanced talks with Apple and Samsung to adopt the nearly-finalized electronic SIM card standard moving forward.

The GSMA has been working with the industry on electronic SIMs for some time and is close to announcing a final standard.

 

“We have got everyone back on one point, with Apple and Samsung agreeing to be part of that specification,” said GSMA CEO Anne Bouverot. “We have been working with them and others to create an industry solution for machines and will agree on a solution for consumer electronics.”

Electronic SIMs would replace the plastic SIM cards used in today’s cellphones. Electronic SIMs will make it far easier for consumers to change carriers and service plans without futzing with the physical SIMs.

AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa, Orange, Telefónica, and Vodafone have already voiced support for the forthcoming standard.

“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,” said the GSMA.

Apple developed is own universal SIM card last year, but it was not widely adopted. The new electronic SIM will not appear in the new iPhones expected in September, according to the Financial Times. Apple and Samsung did not comment on the GSMA’s statements.

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