Thursday, December 1, 2022

Smartphones: the days of chips or SIM cards are numbered in your cell phone thanks to eSIM

The market for smartphones from its rudimentary beginnings decades ago, until today dominated by the use of smartphones, has maintained a common factor ever since: SIM cards, also known as chips.

This component has worked during all this time as the piece that links our device with the mobile phone network of the operator of our choice.

Due to this, it has also served as the means of union and forced contact between the company and its consumers, who simply cannot use the device in its entirety without first contacting the operator to activate said SIM card or configure a prepaid plan. or postpaid.

For a long time this piece served as the forced link between consumers and the telephone company, but the world has evolved quite a lot in all these years and the time is coming to leave this technology behind.

Apple knows this perfectly and that is why with the launch of its iPhone 14 they decided to start leaving the use of these chips behind, eliminating the slot and migrating to the use of the new eSIM system. At the same time, it also integrated its support natively to this new platform.

Today we will give a brief review of this novelty that marks the inevitable death of this traditional card.

What is eSIM and why will it kill cell phone chips?

Broadly speaking, the eSIM is literally a card that is factory-integrated from the assembly of the smartphone itself.

It is on this component that the operator can configure a digital identifier, already popularly known as eSIM, to validate the device and connect it to its mobile network.

So this eliminates the use of dedicated slots and makes it easier to unlock the phone for use with any other competing carrier. A complicated and even relatively tortuous process with the old SIMs.

In interview for Bio Bio ChileRodrigo Mena, Country Manager of SUMA Móvil Chile talks more about the relevance of this change:

“The digital card allows you to contract a new plan with another operator from anywhere and at any time. Without having to go to a physical store and without having to wait to receive the new SIM in the case of requesting one.

The eSIM coincides with the penetration of smartphones with 3G and 4G technology, which allow better Internet browsing on the device.

According to Statista, 4G technology led the mobile connection market in 2020 and estimates confirm its hegemony until at least 2025, with 44% of accesses expected for that last year.”

In other words, this technology will advance slowly but will inevitably position itself as the safe replacement alternative to kill once and for all the use of chips or SIM cards in cell phones.

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