European carriers threaten Apple over built-in Sim cards

InvisibleSHIELD.  Scratch Proof your iPhone 4!“Some of Europe’s leading mobile operators are warning that they could take punitive action against Apple if it introduces a technological innovation on its iPhone,” Andrew Parker reports for The Financial Times.

“The operators are privately saying they could refuse to subsidise the iPhone if Apple inserts an embedded subscriber identity module, or Sim card,” Parker reports. “The operators are accusing Apple of trying to gain control of their relationship with their mobile customers with the new Sim. The technology could allow customers to buy the iPhone and sign up for service on Apple’s website and start using it immediately.”

Parker reports, “Closer to the operators’ hearts, it could allow customers to switch more easily from one to another or insist on shorter-term contracts. It could even set the stage for Apple to resell connection service on its own, although the company has not indicated such plans.”

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  1. I love how Apple wrestles control away from the establishment to put the power in the hands of the people. Go Apple! The carriers can kick and scream all they want, but if they don’t accept progress and figure out how to adapt to new market conditions due to innovation, then they can’t die soon enough.

  2. If and when Apple considers implementing this, they will be ready and prepared to undertake carrier substitution and control to the fullest extent. Apple’s days of being dependent on the whims and incompetence of others are over. Apple will do what it believes is in it’s and it’s users’ best interest.

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