Apple and Samsung said eyeing e-SIM for easier carrier switching

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Apple and Samsung plan to use embedded SIM cards in their upcoming smartphones, the GSMA claims, potentially allowing owners to switch between carriers more easily. Rather than expect smartphones users to switch SIM – the identity card currently provided by each network – when they want to change operator, the so-called e-SIM would be reprogrammable. Apple has already used the technology in its LTE-equipped iPads, though only with a limited number of carriers, but according to the latest reports some of the biggest names in telecoms are about to get onboard.

AT&T, Deutsche Telekom (behind the T-Mobile brand), Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa (behind Three), Orange, Telefónica (behind O2), and Vodafone are all involved, the GSMA told the Financial Times.

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