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iPhone 5 Could Have Universal SIM: Any Carrier

Apple is looking to create a special SIM card that will allow it to be universal, meaning that it could work on any carrier. Apple is working with Gemalto, SIM card makers and could be ready for the iPhone 5. Those in Europe will be able to purchase the handset direct from Apple and select a network when they make their purchase at the Apple online or retail store.

They will not have to make their choice right away either, they could wait until they have the handset and then download an app and make their selections once they have had time to consider all the options open to them. Stacey Higginbotham from Gigacom believes that Apple is doing it so they do not have any help from a carrier.

Google tried this with the Nexus One, and we all know how that turned out. However, Apple has a good chance of making this work. Carriers will still be needed as ever to offer a network service, but Apple hates relying on others when they could do the same job themselves.

Gemalto will have to do a lot of the work, like making certain that the SIM card has a ROM area so that carrier-related information can be flashed to it. Not certain how much of a difference this will make on sales, but Higginbotham reckons that customers will be able to roam easily — but will it be ready for the iPhone 5?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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