Vodafone and Qualcomm are showing smartphones with an integrated SIM card

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The iSIM as a further development of the eSIM integrates the functionality of the SIM card into the main processor of a smartphone for the first time. It is to be used in future device generations.

Even if most smartphones are still operated with a physical SIM card, there are signs of their demise. The eSIM (embedded SIM) has been available in iPhones and smartwatches for a number of years, and now Qualcomm, Vodafone and Thales have presented the iSIM (integrated SIM) as a further development.

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In contrast to the eSIM, this no longer requires a separate chip, but is integrated in the application processor of the smartphone or other mobile device. This should enable better system integration and more space in the housing, and no more dedicated memory is required for SIM services. The iSIM can also be controlled and managed remotely via the existing eSIM services.

Vodafone has already conducted a first test with a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphone equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 and Thales’ iSIM operating system. The development is now to be pushed ahead so that the technology could be used in mobile devices for the mass market in the coming years.





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