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Terminal bosses support ESIM card technology, users benefit from pressure from operators

ESIM card in July this year, it was reported that apple and Samsung were negotiating with other companies in the telecommunications industry to jointly launch ESIM card. It is reported that the above two companies will enter into a partnership with GSMA (Global Association for mobile communication systems), which represents global mobile operators. The main content of this partnership is to produce a standard embedded SIM card for consumer devices. This agreement will also cover intelligent manufacturers. At that time, ESIM card will not be far away from popularization

As we all know, the full name of the traditional SIM is subscriber identity module, that is, user identity module. Its main function is to store data, including some fixed data, so that users can identify their identity when they communicate with each other, find different users and establish communication, and then charge according to the corresponding tariff policy. Although from the appearance, the SIM card is shrunk all the way and should be equipped with lifting holes or lifting rings;, But until now, SIM card is still the absolute mainstream. However, in recent years, the voice of canceling the physical form of SIM card has gradually risen, intending to transform it into the form of software, that is, what the industry currently calls virtual SIM card or ESIM card

in fact, the idea of ESIM card is to embed the traditional physical SIM card into the hardware device, which abandons the traditional design idea of removable SIM card. This scheme will enable users not to be limited by the specific service packages of a certain operator, and users do not need to choose the services of other operators by unlocking devices or purchasing new devices. Of course, the long-term goal of this concept is to establish a recognized ESIM card standard in the industry, which can bring convenience, money saving and secure SIM card experience to individual users and enterprise users of mobile devices. An insider introduced to

in fact, Apple introduced the concept of ESIM card to the market for the first time as early as last year when it released the new iPad. The new iPad has a built-in Apple SIM card and supports multiple operators. This design allows users to freely choose and easily switch operators. In addition, among the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus models released earlier for easy experimental operation, Apple also provides users with the option of SIM card free version, which means that the industry is infinitely close to the launch of the recognized ESIM card standard

users are good, operators are mixed

in addition to the efforts of the above terminal bosses, as a product, the needs of the market and users are naturally also the key. So what benefits will ESIM cards bring to users

first, convenience. Since no physical SIM card is required, it will become lighter and thinner. In addition, consumers can easily switch operators according to the preferential policies between different operators. In addition, it will be easier for users who have more than one number to manage their own number, because users only need to register the number on the device and then switch back and forth. For institutions, it can also avoid buying additional

the second is cost saving. The old billing method will not continue to be used, and the long-term contracts of operators that have shown signs of decline will continue to decline, because users will be easier to buy equipment and switch operators. In the future, the software of operators will be automatically selected for users according to speed, tariff and user needs

finally, safety. Since the SIM card no longer appears in physical form, users will not face the threat of theft and forced cracking of the SIM card. For enterprise organizations, ESIM cards can also include security information, such as some key information, which can be used to authorize user devices to connect to the data network, and can also locate the loss or theft through solutions such as data loss prevention and mobile device management, so as to ensure the security of devices

in addition to the benefits of users, operators face great challenges

the first is the diversion of large-scale operator users. Because compared with the SIM card commonly used now, the biggest difference of ESIM card is that it is no longer bound to a telecom operator. Secondly, when an entity SIM card is locked in the service of an operator, the user has signed a long-term agreement with that operator. Every operator has a large number of long-term contracted users. By providing these users with data consumption and other networking services, operators can capture a lot of wealth, and the arrival of ESIM card is tantamount to stealing from operators. After all, when the user expects that the project can achieve the goals of cost saving, weight reduction and carbon dioxide emission reduction, and has the initiative to change the operator's services at will, the long-term signing system over the past years will be broken, and the operator's revenue and profits will be affected

based on the above challenges, operators have different reactions to ESIM cards. For example, in the U.S. market, for Apple SIM cards, T-Mobile and sprint allow users to switch; But some operators don't cooperate. Verizon Wireless doesn't even join the apple project. According to the experiments of international research institutions, at t is the only operator that locks Apple sim. However, once users switch to at t network, this card will be locked and cannot be switched back to other networks

the larger the operators are, the less they want the use of e-sim card, because this means that their users will be shunted, and they can no longer lock users as firmly as physical SIM cards. Smaller operators, such as T-Mobile and sprint, are looking forward to mobile devices that can switch network services at will, because they will have the opportunity to steal users from large operators. An insider told me

based on this, some domestic telecom people said that ESIM card technology may provide new development opportunities for domestic virtual operators with relatively weak strength. The fact is that at present, some domestic virtual operators have carried out relevant businesses with the help of ESIM card technology, and achieved good results

according to smart insights, a survey company, by 2020, 3.46 billion to 8.64 billion will be shipped with ESIM devices; In the next 10 years, the shipments of traditional physical SIM cards will be reduced by at least 16%. This means that ESIM technology will be unstoppable in the future

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