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Apple, Samsung plan to put an end to SIM cards




Usually seen as rivals in the market, Apple and Samsung are reported to be in “advanced talks” to discontinue the usual plastic SIM cards that we’re using today, and introduce something they call e-SIM cards.

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Financial Times reports that this is so that switching between networks or carriers will be easier for the end users. There will also be announcement on the new embeddable SIM standards in the near future according to GSMA, an industry association that represents mobile operators.


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

It’s true that having just an electronic SIM card instead of a physical one does make switching between carriers easy, but it also eliminates having to worry about whether your current SIM card will fit on a specific phone as the upgrades seem to be built-in and unremovable.

As to when we could be seeing this new e-SIM cards, it looks like we’ll still be waiting for at least a year from now.

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35 Responses

  1. V O S S says:

    ITS ABOUT TIME

  2. Easy E says:

    I want to see the details of the implementation.

  3. archie says:

    3-4 contact numbers na pwede sa isang handset at gagamitin na lang ang extra space para sa micro sd cards. Sa pagkakaalam ko, Japan ang unang nakaisip sa concept na to.

    • accel says:

      The contact number limit on phones with embedded SIM is mostly dependent on the phone’s manufacturer though.

      Good to see you’re getting some facts straight now, comic boy.

    • archie says:

      And when I said 3-4 contact numbers, ang ibig kong sabihin ay yung numbers na pwedeng gamitin ng handset user dahil may mga businessmen na gumagamit ng roaming sa ibang bansa, hindi yung dami ng numbers na pwede niyang ilagay sa phone book niya.

    • accel says:

      Of course, that would be the user’s contact number, not the number of other’s contacts.

      If I were on Apple and Samsung’s shoes though, I’d rather come up with a proposal to strengthen the encryption used on SMS than to think of something that will alienate the consumers in the long run like this news. The SMS protocol in use today have little to no encryption and is somehow related to attacks and hacking with two-step authentication via SMS lately.

    • accel says:

      @archie with red background
      oh come on, don’t be so sad! Your mom’s gotta get you a new pair of diapers today.

      By the way, this is a comment section and everyone is entitled to say whatever they’ve got to say. Stop being delusional, douchebad. We’re not living in the dark pre-historic ages anymore!

    • abuzalzal says:

      Kung sino man sa inyong dalawa ni @accel ang “Mr. Know-it-all”, ikaw yun @archie. Sino ba sa inyong dalawa ang naunang mag-comment dito at sa iba pang page? Ikaw, ‘diba?

      Mag-co-comment ka na nga lang pa-palit-palit ka pa ng e-mail address. Halata sa pa-palit-palit na icon ng avatar mo na takot ka.

      Sa sobrang kitid ng utak mo, kulang pa yung pagsasaksak ng pinagmamalaki mong 128gb na microSD diyan sa kukote mo. Kupal ka.

    • archie says:

      Lol! Eh ulol ka pala talagang accel ka. Last time ang sabi mo e inaaksaya ko ang oras mo sa pagrereply sa mga comments ko e wala namang nagsasabi sa yo na magreact ka. Aasarin mo ako tapos pag sinabihan kitang bobo at tanga e magrereklamo ka na naman na sinasayang ko ang panahon mo? Alam mo ba talaga kung saan ka tatayo batang uhugin? Di ako naaasar natatawa lang ako sayo dahil hindi na nga kita pinapansin todo react ka naman sa lahat ng comments ko. May paenglish english ka pang ulol ka e pareho naman tayong nakakaintindi ng tagalog. Wag kang magrereklamo na sinasayang ko ang bopol mong oras ha? Ginusto mong magreact kaya wag kang iiyak pag sinabihan kitang walang utak.

    • archie says:

      @abuzalzal Pareho lang kayo ni accel na bobo. Napakaliit na comment pinapalaki ninyo. Konting comment ko umiinit na ang mga pwet nyo. Magkasya ka na lang sa kakapintas sa kapal o nipis ng bezels. Tutal puro mahal naman ang lahat ng gadgets sayo, magkasya ka na lang sa pagcomment sa cherry mobile at iba pang bang for the buck na hanggang doon lang naman ang kaya ng wallet mo lol!

    • Aki says:

      Ayan nanaman si abuzalzal na mahilig umepal sa comments..
      Ito namang si accel halata naman na na-misunderstood nya yung unang comment ni archie kaya change topic sya bigla..
      Dalawang Bobo nagsama! Pa-english english pa wala namang laman! Hahaha!!

    • accel says:

      And another thing, please stop making such dummy accounts. You’re just making yourself look like you’ve got some “imaginary friends”.

      Guess the little brat’s still on pre-pubescent stage of life, eh?

    • Please be mindful of your comments. I’m sure you are all capable of expressing your opinions without resorting to profanities.

  4. Kyle says:

    Finally. Hindi na pahirapang maghanap ng SIM card kapag nawala dahil sa sobrang liit.

  5. Jon says:

    Well, wouldn’t this be more prone to “hacking”? If the so-called “e-sim” is stored on the phone, it would be much easier to reverse engineer and spoof a number, thus, be more vulnerable to identity theft?

    I also don’t like the idea of my number being tied to a single handset. What if my phone malfunctions or gets lost, or simply run out of battery?

    Normally, I would simply pop out my SIM card and put it in another phone.

    • Ronald says:

      I agree. This is just a business propaganda. Kasi sasabihin nila just buy a back-up phone with a different number. So another profit for the telcos.

    • Aki says:

      You have a point.. Eh kung yung ordinary SIM cards nga ngayon naha-hack.. Electronic pa kaya..

    • Sushi says:

      Exactly. Advantages of a SIM card system:

      1. You are out of town and your main smartphone malfunctions/gets low bat- you just transfer the sim to your second phone, prtoblem solved! What will happen if there is no sim?

      2. You want to use a new phone you just bought rightaway – just transfer your old sim. Impossible in a sim-less system where you have to go through a tedious process via network customer service.

      3. I forgot number 3 but hopefully will recall it soon.

  6. wikipinoy says:

    pwede rin pero hindi ko gusto yan kase ang mga telco mahilig magblock ng data connection kapag malaki ang gamit mo ng data..prove ko na yan lalo na sa Smart.

  7. Blackberry says:

    Pioneer na ang Blackberry dyan ng binili nila ang movirtu, Virtual Simcard technology sa India nila ito ginagamit ngayon.

    http://us.blackberry.com/enterprise/products/worklife.html

  8. a villamor says:

    Ayos iwas nakaw!

  9. denise says:

    remember the old generation analog phones without sim cards by motorola and nokia? pretty much have the same function as this one. sim-less. So it’s just like going back to where they have started from decades ago.

  10. ayine says:

    KAilangan ang mga sum card nbibili lng sa shop mismo ng Telecom center bgo mkabili may present muna cla ng I.d one at the tym lng pwd mkbili at preregister ung nem at number ng costumer…ganyan sa ibang bansa Hindi kci ktulad dto khit san mkkbli k ng sim card poor country…nakakahiya pilipinas walang bagbbgo simple problems as network Hindi magawan ng paraan…

  11. archie says:

    @abuzalzal Tsaka pano mo nalaman na papalit palit ako ng email address? Unless hacker ka na nakikita ang database ng yugatech o tagayugatech ka din na binabali ang policy ng website na email address never made in public? Mag ingat ka at baka madulas ang dila mo. May anti hacking law na sa Pinas baka magulat ka na lang isang araw na may NBi na kakatok sa pintuan mo dahil sa kabobohan mo lol!

  12. archie says:

    Kung nagcocomment pala ako sa yugatech at nakikita ni abuzalzal ang email address na gamit ng mga commenters kahit nakalagay na ’email address never made public’ e mukhang merong kailangang bisitahin ng NBI at NTC dito. Salamat sa sinabi mo abuzalzal, para mo na ring sinabi na hacker ka at kailangan mong maghello sa anti hacking law.

  13. archie says:

    O ano abuzalzal bakit di ka makasagot? Email is not made public pero alam mong papalit-palit ako ng email address? Alin sa dalawa: hacker ka or part ka ng yugatech team na binabali ang policy ng website na ito? May anti hacking law tayo sa pinas, na screen shot ko ang sinabi mo at mababa ang 1 year pag nadetect ng nbi kung sino ka. Kung yugatech staff ka naman king ina mo dahil kinocompromise mo ang anonymity ng mga nagcocomment dito. Sumagot ka ng maayos.

  14. Easy E says:

    Nakakatawa na magbasa ng comment section ng yuga.

    • eric jay says:

      Nakakatawa na nakakainis na nagiging off topic na.
      Yugatech should really start moderating comments.

    • Alligator Kap says:

      Oo nga eh. Ok naman ung article kung san san na napunta mga comments. Show some respect na lang sana sa iba.

    • Easy E says:

      OK na rin na walang moderation na nangyayari sa comments section.

  15. Ed says:

    This is an interesting concept.

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