dropped plans to embed a Sim card which supports all operators into the iPhone 5, after leading European mobile operators threatened to stop subidising the iPhone if Apple went ahead with its plan.
up fierce opposition to Apple’s plan to remove the traditional slot in the iPhone and have an
embedded card which supports all operators, allowing users to easily switch
The Sim could
have even opened the door to Apple reselling connection services.
understood Vodafone, France Telecom and Telefonica all
took a stand against Apple’s plans. All three declined to comment. Apple was unavailable for comment.
However, an operator source
told the Telegraph that the operators' combined pressure had succeeded in
getting Apple to back down and abandon the plan.
The source, said to be a senior staff
member at one network, told the newspaper: ‘Apple has long been trying to build
closer and closer relationships and cut out the operators. But this time they
have been sent back to the drawing board with their tails between their legs.’
operators had carried out their threat to cut iPhone subsidies, Apple could have
seen its global sales fall by 12%.