Wearables Go Phone-less with New eSIM

NicoleMotta on Thursday February 18, 2016 at 12:10:23 PM

Wearables Go Phone-less with New eSIM

On Thursday, the GSMA announced a new eSIM for wearables which allows users to remotely connect to a network.

"This is the only interoperable and global specification that has the backing of the mobile industry and lets consumers with a mobile subscription remotely connect their devices to a mobile network," said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer of the GSMA. "This new specification gives consumers the freedom to remotely connect devices, such as wearables, to a mobile network of their choice and continues to evolve the process of connecting new and innovative devices." The GSMA says that this new eSIM specification "does not aim to replace all SIM cards in the field, but is instead designed to help users connect multiple devices through the same subscription and will help mobile device manufacturers to develop a new range of smaller, lighter mobile-connected devices that are better suited for wearable technology applications." The GSMA plans to announce an additional specification in June 2016.

Following the GSMA's announcement, Samsung announced the Gear S2 classic 3G, the first device to feature this new technology. "At Samsung, we aim to meet and anticipate consumers' needs and the development of the first GSMA-compliant eSIM is a further example of our pursuit of meaningful innovation," said Yunsang Park, Senior Vice President of R&D Office, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. "We are excited to introduce the Samsung Gear S2 3G classic as not only a starting point for more devices to be connected globally, but as a step forward in our commitment to support the development of the IoT market." The Gear S2 classic 3G with the GSMA-compliant eSIM will be available from March.

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