airmanchairman wrote: »
The carriers worldwide are quite wary of this Apple SIM.
A few years ago when Apple first floated the concept, the European carriers unanimously threatened to to end their subsidy agreement with Apple, and the fruity one retreated, if only to return after talks with a few participating carriers.
For the travelling consumer, it makes for convenience and a way to avoid international roaming charges; it also appears to encourage carriers to forge international partnerships. It may well make them more money in the long run but, like the music moguls and iTunes, they will have to be dragged kicking and screaming out of their old lock-in fiefdoms before this beomes the accepted way of doing things in the future.
chadbag wrote: »
So I guess that means that, even if your phone is on AT&T, you don't every activate it on AT&T in the US. Just T-Mobile or Sprint.
Dumb dumb dumb
I really hope this takes off and Apple succeeds in making the SIM software based that can be changed at anytime. Combine this with enhanced Multi-Path TCP/IP so that you could buy coverage from a third party that would aggregate coverage from the multiple carriers so that you could get the best and fastest service at any location irrespective of whether its from ATT, VERIZON, Sprint, or T-Mobile. Had a horrible day last week where I couldn't get any sort of connection on the north-east side of San Antonio, TX, with Verizon on my work iphone5s, but my Personal iPhone 5s on ATT was fine. Would love for the phone to choose the carrier with the strongest signel.
Next up multiple phone numbers on the one phone (without two SIM slots) and having a phone Number that could ring on multiple phones. 987-6543-210 for all phones, 987-6543-210A for my iPhone 5s, or 987-6543-210B for my iPhone6+. I should be able to choose which phone I want to carry with me at anytime.