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Bye-bye SIM cards

We've come a long way from the days when we used to store our numbers - and texts! - on our SIM cards and move them from phone to phone. Now our numbers are on our phones and we transfer them via iTunes/Google Sync/a lot of faffing, and our SMS's... well, yeah, we won't talk about that, it's depressing.

The point is that as our phones become more plugged into the internet, SIM cards become less and less important. In fact, for years in the US phones running on the Sprint network have bypassed SIMs altogether: your phone is simply matched to your number over the network.

Well, something similar is coming to Europe. Technically, the GSM Association - which runs the GSM system all European mobiles (and most worldwide)run on - are proposing doesn't do away with SIM cards. But they'd be embedded in the phone and activated remotely, so, yeah, as far as consumers are concerned they'd be a thing of the past. This follows reports that Apple were working on a similar system for the rumoured Verizon iPhone.

Is this good, or bad? We quite like the idea of being able to take a SIM out of a phone and pop it in a friend's or an old one if our phone gets bust or out of charge. But on the other hand, there is something a bit archaic about the whole exercise. What d'y'all think? Either way, nothing should change for at least a couple of years.

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