Why Qualcomm taking away your SIM card might be a bad idea

Qualcomm revealed this week during MWC 2023 that it will be adding the “world’s first commercially deployable iSIM” (Integrated SIM) to its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform.

In other words, Android phones with this chipset will be ditching swappable SIM cards, opting for a hardware solution instead. Qualcomm accomplished this (opens in new tab) Thanks to some help from French electronics company Thales Group, a name that most people probably won’t recognize but may be familiar with its tech. That’s because Thales is the same company behind eSIM (Embedded SIM) which is present on the iPhone 14 line. Essentially, Qualcomm is bringing Apple technology to Android. The difference with this new hardware is that it will be integrated (hence the name iSIM) onto the processor of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 rather than existing as its own chip on the motherboard.

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