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Apple and Samsung to ditch SIM cards for their smartphones

Two of the biggest phone manufacturers plan on switching from traditional SIM cards to embedded e-SIMs in the near future, giving consumers the ability to easily hop between networks.

Right now, switching networks involves chucking away your old SIM card and waiting around for the new one to turn up, and there’s always the worry that your new card will be incompatible with your current handset – either because it’s a different size, or because your phone is locked to your old provider.

Apple and Samsung hope to change that soon with new built-in e-SIM technology. An e-SIM comes fitted into a new phone and can be reprogrammed at any time, so swapping to a new network will just be a case of going into a menu and changing the settings.

The new e-SIM tech will come to iPhones and Galaxy handsets in the coming months, although we’re not expecting the new iPhone 6s to sport it. Perhaps the Galaxy S7 will be the first e-SIM handset instead, with other manufacturers following suit by the end of next year.

The e-SIM update was provided by the GSMA, who stated: “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.”

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