Development of eSIM standard halted after allegations arise that AT&T and Verizon colluded to sabotage it
In yet another example of why American consumers have such little faith in AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the two companies are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice over whether they colluded to sabotage the eSIM standard. An embedded SIM, or eSIM, is a standardized SIM chip that allows users to switch between carriers without changing a SIM card. eSIMs are commonly found in smartwatches but have recently been added to a few smartphones such as the Google Pixel 2. The main benefit of eSIM technology is consumer freedom, which is exactly why certain telecommunication carriers have allegedly sought to block its adoption.
According to the NYTimes, AT&T and Verizon have been accused of working with the GSM Association (GSMA), the organization that is responsible for standardizing the technology used in the mobile telecommunications industry, to “establish standards that would allow them to lock a device to their network even if it had eSIM technology.” The development of such a standard would be antithetical to the benefits of an embedded SIM, and if passed, would effectively sabotage the technology which is poised to be the successor to the SIM card. The NYTimes report claims that the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the alleged collusion after an unnamed carrier and Apple filed a formal complaint.
|Development of eSIM standard halted after allegations arise that AT&T and Verizon colluded to sabotage it
Embedded SIM, or eSIM, technology allows users to easily switch between carriers without swapping a physical SIM card. A report claims that the Department of Justice is investigating AT&T and Verizon over alleged collusion to sabotage the standard by introducing a way to lock an eSIM to a network.