Whenever you purchase a new smartphone or data enabled tablet you normally have to take the SIM card out of your old device and insert it into the new one. This process might be a thing of the past if Apple and Samsung get their way.
The two companies are talking with the GSMA (GSM Association) to start embedding electronic SIM cards in smartphones and connected devices as early as 2016, according to a report from the Financial Times . These e-SIMs would stay embedded in the phone so they aren’t user replaceable, but would allow users to switch between carriers with ease. In addition, the removal of SIM card slots might free up some extra space to pack in more useful hardware technology.
Apple already tried the no-sim feature with the iPad Air 2, which allows customers in the US to be able to switch carriers on the fly via the settings menu. This is totally beneficial because you are not locked into an exclusive contract and can take advantage of limited promotions or deals that offer a ton of data.
Not only are hardware companies trying to make SIM cards a thing of the past, but telecom carriers are also on-board. AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone all want to make this happen as soon as possible.
Blackberry reached an agreement with Amazon to have the Amazon Appstore bundled on future phones and will also be included in the 10.3 update. The first phone to have the new store featured on it in an official launch will be the Blackberry Passport this September.
Passport was previously known as ‘Windermere‘, the often-leaked QWERTY device will sport a 4.5-inch 1440×1440 pixel display and what is believed to be a touch-sensitive keyboard panel for easier autocorrection. Underneath the hood will be a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB RAM, a 13MP camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and a non-removable 3450 mAh battery.
The Passport has a 1:1 aspect ratio and is as square as a Vine video or Instagram photo. It is designed to be business tool, but may have some problems running apps downloaded from Amazon due to its totally square screen, similar to some of the problems facing the Q5 and Q10.
Blackberry is realizes that many of their core customers need a phone with a full QWERTY keyboard and the Blackberry Classic and Blackberry Passport will all feature one. The Waterloo based company took a gambit with appealing to the masses with the Z10 and Z5, and failed. They are intending on turning the company around by having Foxconn design and make the hardware, saving Blackberry money.