SIM cards are the kernels of every mobile network in Nigeria. Initially, SIM cards were expensive and could only be afforded by the rich. Today, we have recharge card sellers everywhere in town selling SIM cards at extremely low prices.
However, it looks like there will be no need for them in Apple and Samsung phones very soon.
Apple and Samsung are making moves with GSM Association (GSMA) to kick out physical SIM cards. The top gadget producing companies are lobbying for a new SIM standard – an e-SIM card, which is embedded directly within the device, and can be reprogrammed immediately to work with mobile operators around the world that support the standard.
According to a GSMA spokesperson, “the industry-wide initiative will allow consumers to activate the SIM embedded in a device, such as a tablet or wearable, with the mobile network operator of their choice. A common approach and consistent user experience will also help to grow the market by allowing consumer device manufacturers to build products that support global deployment.”
Some of the mobile operating companies that have supported this action include Vodafone, Telefónica, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Orange, Telstra and Turkcell.
The question now is – what will happen to double SIM card owners, which make up a larger percentage of smartphone users in Nigeria?