A new step towards the Embedded SIM

The newest iPhones are built to run on practically any network worldwide, and Apple is financing purchases. This means we’ll soon have the freedom to move between networks as we please.

Apple was the first to include its Apple SIM on their iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and now it has done the same on the iPad Pro. I wonder how long will it take to bring that embedded SIMs to future iPhones.

Their new iPhone Upgrade Program is the other setp in that direction: no more phones attached to carrier contracts. You’ll be supposedly able to use whatever data/voice plan you want when you want it.

The technology is ready for that change. Mobile carriers, of course, know it. And they won’t concede defeat easily. But that’s a triumph for consumers, and a big simplification of the market. SIM production and distribution costs could be reduced to marginal numbers. eSIMs are probably inevitable.

Source: New iPhone Means We’ll Soon Escape the Captivity of Carriers

Author: Javier Pastor

Javier Pastor is a technology journalist that has been writing about tech since 1999. He started writing for PC Actual in Spain, the leading printed magazine in the country, and in 2006 started to write online. First as the Chief Editor for The Inquirer ES, and after that for MuyComputer until 2013. That year he became senior editor at Xataka, the leading tech news website in Spanish with over 5M uniques/month (Aug'15, comScore). Xataka is part of Weblogs SL, a blog network that gets over 40M uniques/month and that has a wide catalog of publications in Spanish. The Unshut is his new venture and allows him to express his opinions and thoughts on everything touched by technology, and follows what he has been doing at Incognitosis, his personal blog, since 2005.

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