eSIM Technology- The Future Of SIM Cards
A wide variety of sensor, connectivity between devices like smart appliances, screen, wearable gadgets all are bringing a powerful boom in IOT era. Most of these devices are becoming smart and smarter allowing loads of functions within a boundary of device size.
Now, a new technology has emerged of having the built-in SIM in device for stand-alone cellular connectivity. Interestingly eSIM is one of the hot topics at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2017. To uncover the clouds around eSIM. Let’s begin reading.
What is an eSIM Technology ?
Unlike traditional SIM card which we often replace the physical chip for different networks. The eSIM is embedded in the device with which we can switch over to any network at free will of our choice. It is an integrated circuit card which is 6 mm in length and 5 mm in width. The eSIM will have soldered to devise motherboard while retaining the functionality as a removable SIM.
In another word, this will be the big game changer for mobile and telecom Giants, as there will be no need of any extra SIM cards when we want to change over.
How does an eSIM card work?
The device can activate and manage your phone. Through the phone setting, we can choose the operator and plan we like. You won’t need another SIM for a new operator, and it can be done through software, these can be done virtually embedded equivalent that cannot be removed. It will be tiny, just a fraction of nanoSIM. So we can expect all watches soon will accommodate this eSIM as they often have less space for regular SIM. It is non-removal. You can share same network provider and number via iPhone and apple watch, isn’t it amazing?
The advantages of an eSIM card?
Because of its form, so we can expect the mobiles and devices to more lighter than now, as it will replace SIM card and traditional holder for it. Phone hardware too can benefit, as the manufacturers can make more efficient water resistant, with at least one less point of liquid going in.
This will benefit the consumers to save a lot of time, paperwork and tons of money for making replaceable chips of operators. eSIM will make the subscription and global operators at ease just within their touch. Creates a commonplace to swap their operators for better deal and coverage.
Most of the people who travel abroad often have to stand in a queue to take new sim card for continues connectivity, and often it’s a hard mountain to climb. They face problems like finding a local place to have their preferred sim, usually high rates for international roaming. So this will change the implementation of eSIM.
It will also reduce the consumption of battery often showing of low battery and poor battery power.
Hassel free of cutting a sim card to fit in your new smartphone. So you can host same sim and number with multiple of devices.
Which devices are built with eSIM cards?
Samsung and Apple are leading the pack an started equipping their devices with SIM. Apple launched its eSIM with preprogrammed apple choice of networks, and you can choose at your will. Surprisingly Samsung is bringing the GSMA enable to eSIM to Gear S2 Classic 3G, which is a start.
Apple Watch 3 is the first device to use eSIM, sharing the same mobile number of your iPhone. In other words, if your choose operators Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile for your iPhone same can be shared with your eSIM from Apple watch with the same number even if you forget your iPhone at home.
Even Google too introduced eSIM technology in their Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, this sheds the future spotlight on embedded sim technology.
Samsung Gear S3 frontier LTE has also made a debut on eSIM, so they can have more specs inbuilt as more space is allowed now.
Future of eSIM technology
We are in the era of IOT which is slowly taking control of every category and mobile phones with its connectivity. Present standard adoption of SIM has taken a total of 27 years. Probably, eSIM will take very less time, and soon the SIM will be considered as antiquity.
Automotive sector manufactures will slowly implement the eSIM, it allows us easily connect with our cars. Then the car owner decides which operator they want to use. As wearable’s already on the move. Soon makers of laptops won’t hesitate of adding eSIM and resellers of wifi data bundle pack will become more flexible.
The eSIM is going mainstream. Consumers will seek the value for money for all the services offered by operators so that it will be more price drop. New markets will open to consumers with different solutions of calling people and technology will provide more quality services.