Vodafone, Qualcomm and Thales have officially shown the first working iSim prototype, which is destined to mark an important turning point as it could lead to the final retirement of physical cards for our smartphones.
The technology developed by the three companies involves the integration of all functions of phone cards into the main processor of a device (whether it’s a smartphone or tablet): in this way manufacturers will not be forced to include the SIM slot with its trolley. Consequently, you could hover within your smartphone more battery space or other components.
At the functionality level, no new features are provided for compared to traditional SIMs, outside of higher performance and wider memory capacity. The iSim prototyped Vodafone and Qualcomm is perfectly compliant with GSMA specifications and does not require ‘activation of your number and your offer, as happens with eSim. The motivation is that the processors that arrive on the market will already have iSim integrated into them.
Vodafone tested the iSim on a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G based on the Snapdragon 888 5G processor, with Thales iSim operating system that compared to those currently available on the market is able to