The SIM card as we know it is about to disappear forever. Apple and Samsung are in talks with the GSM Association (GSMA) about plans to launch electronic, embedded SIM cards to replace the traditional, removable SIM card.
Apple and Samsung are gearing up for the new generation of SIMs to appear inside new devices in 2016.
An embedded or digital SIM would enable consumers to avoid being locked into a plan with a mobile operator.
The move could fundamentally change how consumers sign up to mobile operators, making it likely that new phone buyers could be presented with a menu of operators to choose from when they unbox their shiny new devices.
Apple has already deployed its own SIM cards for use in iPads with EE in the UK and AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.