Apple drops plan to embed Sim in iPhone

Apple drops plan to embed Sim in iPhone

Apple has 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.

Operators put 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 between them.

The Sim could have even opened the door to Apple reselling connection services.

It is 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.’

If  European operators had carried out their threat to cut iPhone subsidies, Apple could have seen its global sales fall by 12%.

Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today

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The iPhone 5 isn't THAT great. The one I found in Starbucks last week crashes all the time.
I wouldn't buy it if they did that anyway
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