Will Apple Go Around Carriers With a Built-In iPhone SIM?

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    Well According to a report over at GigaOM, the guys over at Cupertino are working on creating a new variant of the iPhone with a SIM that’s built into the actual device. Well what does this mean? Well that means that Apple will be able to cut the carriers out of the purchasing process and thus, putting all the power back into the hands of Apple as well as the consumer.

    The plans that are reported over at GigaOM indicate that the steps will be taken over in the European market and would mean consumers will be able change their carriers without having to change SIM cards. This is a great way to get things done in the European market as the iPhone is available on multiple carriers, as opposed to just one like the US. All the carriers in the European markets also use the same tech. IN the US; the iPhone is exclusively on AT&T and thus rules out Verizon with CDMA.

    While this may not look to have many advantages over the current iPhone's as of now, the future will become much better with this implementation. We are in a dawn of many transitions in the phone market, with 4G becoming a more dominant possibility. AT&T seems to be losing its grip on the iPhone as the deal looks all but expired. This may not happen any time soon, but eventually an iPhone with a built in SIM maybe be what Apple needs to get more carriers for its iPhone hardware and to gain more sales in the US.

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    Interesting.
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    I will buy one if this happens.
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    Ditto.

    iPhones already sell like hotcakes...just imagine universal sim \o...
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    Universal SIM doesn't necessarily mean that they'll be factory unlocked. In fact, it'll make it even easier for Apple to keep us away from certain carriers if they want. If you can't put a SIM card from a certain carrier in it, how can you activate it?
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    consumers will be able change their carriers without having to change SIM cards.
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    A CMDA phone sounds a lot eaiser, but its a blow to carriers that don't support CMDA yet.
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    Too much money for the average consumer
    Like it or not, people like phones with subsidy, even if they end up paying more in the long run
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    I actually prefer paying for phones without contracts, I paid £400+ (around $630) for my phone (Galaxy S) unlocked on all networks. It isn't much money tbh

    I prefer it that way

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