“Apple has told European mobile operators that the next version of its iPhone will not include a technology innovation that several network providers fiercely oppose, say people familiar with the situation,” Andrew Parker reports for The Financial Times.
“In what would amount to at least a temporary reprieve for the operators, the iPhone 5 that is scheduled for launch in mid-2011 is not expected to contain an embedded subscriber identity module, or Sim,” Parker reports. “But people close to the operators say they do not believe Apple has given up on introducing an embedded Sim in the iPhone, which some analysts claim could be the first step in the technology company becoming a provider of network services.”
Parker reports, “If it did include an embedded Sim in the iPhone, customers could buy the smartphone at the technology company’s online store, and then remotely activate the handset after selecting a network provider… The introduction of an embedded Sim could help Apple become a mobile virtual network operator.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]