The GSMA, a group representing several mobile carriers across the world, is currently in negotiations with Samsung and Apple for the launch of electronic SIM cards. So-called e-SIMs would allow customers to switch between carriers almost instantly, without the need to get a new physical SIM from their carrier. Carriers across the world, including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, and Telefónica are all expected to support e-SIMs.

According to Financial Times, both Apple and Samsung are on board for the e-SIM:

"We have got everyone back on one point, with Apple and Samsung agreeing to be part of that specification," said Ms Bouverot. "We have been working with them and others to create an industry solution for machines and will agree a solution for consumer electronics."

The technical specification for the embedded SIM is still being finalized, and it will be at least a year before it finds its way to devices.

Source: Financial Times