What is this e-Sim they are talking about?
e-SIM : Embedded SIM
The term "e-SIM" relates to a new standard being promoted by the GSMA - the association that represents network operators worldwide.The GSMA Embedded SIM has been proposed to
promote a common global SIM, enabling a the new era of mobile communications. The e-SIM has the same functionality of a normal,removable SIM, but in a different form factor.It resides as a chip, permanently soldered into your cell phones.The information on it will be rewritable by all operators. So, a user can decide to switch operator as and when he wishes so. A new SIM will not be required.The hassle of physical swapping over is also done away with.
- Non-Removable SIM cards
- Downloadable operator profiles
- Simpler logistical processes:
- Removes the need for stocking and and shipping of physical SIM cards.
- Operational flexibility with no compromise on security.
- Lower cost for products
When will it be coming?
The e-SIM will require new hardware. So, we cannot expect to see them in mobile devices (Apple apparently have planned for next iPads) for at least a year. The technical specifications are being formalized.