Written by Rehan at OmeBiz
Sim cards have gone through evolutions over the decade as technology has itself mutated from bulky Nokia’s mobile phones to sleek iPhones and Samsungs. It is only fitting that the sim card would undergo the same transformation from the regular sim to micro sim cards and now the nano sim card which is about the size of a child’s fingernail. However, recently there has been the emerging trend of something new, sim-less devices.
They call it the “E-SIM”! The “E” stands for embedded and “SIM” stands for subscriber identification module. It is being promoted by the GSMA, an association that represent mobile network companies worldwide. Though we would not be using actual sim-less devices, gone are the days having to insert sim cards into their sim trays, having to wait for sim activation, nerve-wracking about PIN & PUK numbers, as well as the infamous having to transfer your sim contacts to your phone memory or vice versa when switching to a new mobile device.
Sri Lanka’s very own Dialog Axiata has been able to tap into the market early, and could be one of the first markets in South Asia to roll out this technology in terms of products/services. The company launched the “Huawei Watch 2” as one of the first E-SIM supported devices. The Group Chief Operating Officer of Dialog Axiata – Dr. Rainer Duetschmann said, “Dialog continues to deliver the very latest in technology and the E-SIM launch marks yet another milestone for Dialog as the technology leader in the South Asia region”. As the E-SIM adoption grows exponentially over the next five years, Dialog is best positioned to meet the connectivity needs of every Sri Lankan and enterprise.”
The chip would be able to be programmed in such a way where the service provider would have their plan profile available for download and this would eliminate the need for physical sim card replacements. One of the main benefits of this would be the capability of having more than five different profiles at once in your phone. You would be able to have one network with your internet plan the other network could be for calling rates and you could even possibly have an international network line if you constantly travel.
An additional plus point would be that dues to its small size, manufacturers would find it easier to be more flexible in their designs. This would translate to sleeker devices and with the trend of smart home devices this would mean more connectivity, across the board, with your same plan. You can even see this technology slowly making its way to vehicles.
This would be an easy integration for all smart devices across the board as you would be able to change operators on a whim, with one phone call, and with little to no activation time.
Though the future is full of possibilities following all the rapid advancements made, it would still take a few years for the E-SIM to get fully integrated. Manufacturers are still clinging onto sim cards but will be forced into the bottleneck of joining.
Leave us your comments on what you think about E-SIMS and which features you would be excited about.