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?