Apple and the Power of the SIM Card
While the iCloud is being dissected by the media, Apple has made the cloud cover is another controversial latent. At the end of the year, post On Gigaom explained (citing sources of telcos) that Apple planned to get out of the way, to the extent possible, to mobile operators. With a SIM directly integrated in the future iPhone 5, users would be able to buy from your phone via the web and turn it on without having to go through the shop of any operator. In addition could have shorter contracts or behave to another operator without major problems or changes of SIMs. Apple, without being an operator. And without investing a single dollar to deploy a mobile network. According to the Financial Times, the operators rebelled at the prospect of yielding to the company of Steve Jobs control of contracts with their users and threatened to stop subsidizing the iPhone (how many users have purchased an iPhone free and those who have achieved subsidized through a carrier? ). The watered down version of the story recounts the CEO of Orange, who told him to Apple to the integrated SIM “was a bad idea because the SIM is a critical piece of the security and authentication process. It would be very difficult for an operator manage relationships with their customers”. There will be no integrated SIM in the iPhone 5 (also known as e-SIM SIM or soft), but there will be a ‘still smaller micro-SIM’. The process of cellular portability is going to complicate a little more for the operators, who will have to work with three formats of SIM card different. The micro-SIM that used the iPhone 4 and the iPad has been nominated for “WTF mobile of the year” by the Techradar web, because it is “a 52% smaller and a 1,000 % more uncomfortable” that the normal SIM. Even so, the new ‘even smaller SIM” for iPhone 5 makes “happy” to operators. Anything rather than lose the power of the SIM.