Mobile device technology is increasing in scale and functionality every year, and the next generation of smartphones are expected to have the biggest jump yet, probably towards a wearable! Nowadays, tech giants are relying less on hardware and are investing plenty of money into software features and app ecosystem. Simultaneously, cloud computing, wireless connectivity, and other developments are being prioritized as a standard of modern-day infrastructure. Today, smartphones have a gold standard that includes LTE & 5G connectivity, stronger processors, and a ton of computing, entertainment, and productivity features. However, one feature that stands out in today’s devices is embedded SIM (eSIM). As an upgraded and further improved form of cellular data platform allowing digital and online services, this new-age SIM technology proposes plenty of innovative solutions for both businesses and consumers.
With eSIMs, the entire concept of single wireless plan per cellphone restricted by a SIM card is a thing of the past. Virtually any amount of data pans can be activated on a smartphone using programmable eSIM APIs for better functionality, affordability and redundancy. While eSIMs are not yet widely available, their potential is unrivaled for the consumer market and they’re expected to be available in as much as 42% of smartphones by 2025 (as per the GSMA). Due to the existence of various cellular data providers internationally, this integration of a system like embedded-SIM technology makes it possible to improve connectivity whether locally or globally. For example, people who travel internationally can benefit from programmable cellular data via eSIM API’s that further optimizes roaming apps and use cases. Overall, staying connected while travelling becomes more affordable and convenient due to a lesser need for purchasing physical SIM cards and data plans.
Consumers will undoubtedly be choosing from different cellular carriers based on a variety of factors. Some choose a specific carrier because it is what they started with since their first phone, while others might switch down the line due to dissatisfaction with service. The carrier choices cause issues among various consumers because different service providers charge differently for outbound communications. eSIMs are expected to make things different by offering consumers more choice, with the eSIM services being easily integrated and activated. Provided they are subscribed to the right cellular data platform, consumers would be able to benefit from a new generation of user-centric connectivity services. For local connectivity, eSIM provides consumers with a fallback option to their home Wi-Fi or primary cellular plans, and an easy alternative to connect their other devices on-demand without committing to a monthly data plan for every device.
Overall, people will benefit from more accessible and affordable wireless connectivity, and the tech readily available today shows this significantly. eSIM is the future of cellular communications and offers a plenty of opportunities to create new ways of mobile services and user engagement.
As part and parcel of newer developments in technology with most aspects of life going online, mobile users expect new ways of wireless connectivity provided by a new breed of online carrier with focus on user experience. Using eSIM and cellular data platforms through API’s allow a proper fit and enable any online business to be a better connectivity provider (e.g. through bundling of online services). Applications need to be developed in tandem with the growing infrastructure of embedded-SIM systems, creating new mobile services and opportunities for app providers and online business.
Simultaneously consumers will benefit from better eSIM API’s development, whether through personalized service, more convenience, lower bills, and new connectivity apps. As we do more activities online, creating better connectivity applications with eSIM is necessary as the world shifts to faster digitization and new mobile technologies.
eSIMs are growing in popularity, albeit still quite far from being fully utilized whether for local or global use. Given its iPhone penetration with eSIM feature, the US is starting to see the benefits of eSIM, and American consumers are making use of their smartphones’ eSIM capabilities. The hope is that the world will soon follow as Android devices start including eSIM feature, and people will start experiencing the value of having eSIMs over physical SIM cards.