Why Qualcomm is building your SIM card might be a bad idea

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

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

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