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Samsung is launching an eSIM variant of the Gear S2 in March

Samsung is launching an eSIM variant of the Gear S2 in March

A world without removable SIM cards is closer to becoming reality today with the news that Samsung is preparing to launch the Gear S2 classic 3G smartwatch - the first GSMA-compliant device to sport a non-removable, programmable eSIM.

For those new to e-SIMs, these are essentially, SIMs which come as part of the device and not requiring the end user to physically insert a SIM card to make use of a standalone or cellular service.

It's worth noting that the current specifications do not include smartphones but GSMA confirms it will release an additional specification in June 2016 that will include remote provisioning for any mobile device.

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Samsung already offers a version of its Gear S2 smartwatch with support for 3G data.

Not only does this mean a 3G connected smartwatch from Samsung but, more crucially, it's packing the new eSIM capability. More significantly, eSIM-capable devices will allow consumers to switch more easily between carriers. The Gear S2 Classic 3G comes with a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, and about two days of battery life, Samsung says. The proprietary "Apple SIM" allows users to change their wireless carrier at any time via software without having to swap out physical SIM cards. "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". It is also supported by SIM and chipset vendors including Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Morpho (Safran), Oasis Smart SIM, Oberthur Technologies, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics, and Valid, as well as device makers including Apple, Huawei, LG, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony.


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