Why Qualcomm removes your SIM card may be a bad idea

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

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

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