Those of us who use an iPhone in the States are more than a bit weary about Apple's choice in exclusive carriers. AT&T's support of the iPhone has ranged from mediocre to downright terrible at times. I'm sure that those in other countries will have similar gripes about the likes of O2, T-Mobile and others.
If some recent rumours are to be believed, however, Apple could be looking to change this.
News site GigaOM is reporting that Apple has been working with a company called Gemalto on a new SIM card design.
The site reports that the two companies are working on a design for a SIM card which could be embedded into the iPhone rather than inserted through a port. The card could be soldered into the handset and shipped directly to the retailer.
Why is this important? Because the SIM card is conventionally issued by your carrier and swapped out when you move to a new company. With the conventional setup this isn't a big deal, as you only had one or two carriers to choose from anyways.
With the embedded SIM card, however, Apple could switch to a system which allows users to pick their carrier and set up the phone directly from the store, perhaps even at a type of kiosk system. Additionally, this could allow for several different carriers that customers could choose from.
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