eSIMs are Driving the Future of Connected Mobile

By Telecom Tech Outlook | Friday, January 24, 2020

In contrast with conventional SIMs, eSIMs and soft SIMs are cost-effective and can easily breakdown traditional geographical barriers. These technologies also open up a new world of possibilities when it comes to performance.

FREMONT, CA: Digitalization and virtual reality are two of the buzzwords across all sectors of business today. The trend of digitalization has given rise to embedded SIMs (eSIM) and soft SIMs. eSIMs refer to those devices that have a SIM placed within the phone out of the box, while soft SIMs are devices that do not have SIM hardware in place where the SIM functions are provided virtually or Over The Air (OTA). The advent of these two technologies has made the process of starting up a new device, such as smartphones, simpler and quicker.

In contrast with conventional SIMs, eSIMs and soft SIMs are cost-effective and can easily breakdown traditional geographical barriers. These technologies also open up a new world of possibilities when it comes to performance. When it comes to equipping tech with connectivity, traditional SIM manufacturers face a lot of difficulties. eSIMs and soft SIMs have ensured that this is no longer a barrier to spurring innovation, bringing connectivity to previously unconnected things.

Offering Borderless Mobility

In most cases, when people travel around the world, they tend to purchase local SIM cards for each nation they stop by. Although this is cost-effective, it can be a very tiring process. Stepping out of the plane and searching for a SIM store at every destination can get annoying. Moreover, some devices may be locked for use in certain regions alone. This makes it problematic for travelers who like to traverse around the globe.

Thanks to global Wi-Fi hotspot devices, people can now stay connected while roaming, without having to worry about changing SIM cards or exponential roaming charges. IoT devices are becoming mainstream at a rapid pace. Soon, there will be billions of IoT devices connected worldwide, and this will lead to eSIMs and soft SIMs becoming an integral part of seamless connectivity.

Here the challenge lies in inserting the eSIMs into IoT devices. Traditional methods like soldering or adding eSIMs by hand can be a time consuming and expensive process. eSIMs enable device manufacturers to embed connectivity into anything without a physical chip and at the same time.

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