If everything goes according to plan, your next Apple or Samsung cellphone upgrade could come equipped with an e-Sim card that industry insiders are calling a move set to revolutionise the way consumers sign up to or switch mobile operators.

The Financial Times reports that the two electronics manufacturers are at an advanced stage in talks with global industry body Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) to replace the traditional sim card with the e-Sim that will come embedded in future Apple and Samsung smartphone devices.

The built-in e-Sim, which can be used on smartphones, tablets or wearable smart devices, can be reprogrammed, which means consumers will be able to change network operators more seamlessly and cost effectively.

Sim card developers are currently working on securing privacy and security measures and finalising its technical architecture.

So far AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone are on board.

“With the majority of operators on board, the plan is to finalise the technical architecture that will be used in the development of an end-to-end remote sim solution for consumer devices with delivery anticipated by 2016,” GSMA CEO Anne Bouverot was quoted saying.

“Sim provisioning, online or remote, becomes a reality and we see the advantages, particularly in lowering the cost of distribution. In some jurisdictions, however, we expect security obligations, such as biometric identification, to slow down its introduction significantly, a challenge that the mobile industry has to overcome,” Ahmad Julfar, CEO of the Etisalat Group was quoted telling the International Business Times. 

Source: International Business Times, Financial Times