We may be witnessing the transition into a new age in which smartphone users will no longer require SIM cards. According to The Financial Times, Samsung and Apple are discussing the possibility of a world without our beloved little pieces of plastic. Their plan is to begin using electronic SIM cards in their smartphones, which will increase mobility for users when they decide to switch between carriers.


Understanding the SIM card

What exactly is that little card in the side of your smartphone or tablet, and what does it do, anyway? “SIM” stands for Subscriber Identity Module, and it is a tiny circuit board whose sole purpose is to identify your smartphone to your carrier. Each card can be internationally identified by its Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICC-ID) and its International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI). The card possesses information such as your security data, billing information and phone number, by which your device is distinguished by your carrier from other similar devices. Since it is the SIM card that alerts your carrier to the fact that you are the account holder of the smartphone that is using it, the card can be taken from your smartphone and placed into another person’s smartphone, allowing it to receive calls as though it were your very own device, provided the SIM card is compatible with it.


Discard the card

Although the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) recently announced the plan, the new cards will probably not be available for another year. The industry association which represents mobile operators and serves about 80 percent of the global wireless market said that most of these operators are on board with the plan, and that the finalization of the technical architecture to be used in the development of these new-remote SIM cards, will likely be available in 2016. The CEO of the organization, Anne Bouverot, said that they are currently attempting to secure Apple’s support for the initiative.
This article was written by Daniel Calderof Examiner.com for CBS Small Business Pulse.


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