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Apple in talks to launch virtual SIM in the US and Europe: Report

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Each time an Apple event is round the corner, rumours about the Cupertino company’s plans to launch mobile virtual network operator (MNVO) surface. Citing sources related to Apple, a Business Insider report now reveals that the company is planning to launch MVNO service in the US and Europe.

Apple is currently in talks with telcos in Europe, the report adds. Those not in the know how, a mobile virtual network operator service will allow technology companies to ‘lease space from established carriers’ and then sell it directly to customers.

Basically, users don’t have to pay Apple instead of their carrier as their billing cycle completes. So you will be paying Apple for data, calls, and texts. Apple will then provide users with everything that was available via the carrier. However, the Apple SIM can switch between carriers to ensure users get the best service.

It is an ‘open secret’ that Apple has been in talks with telcos, but many believe MVNO service isn’t coming anytime in the near future. A 9To5Mac report also shows Apple’s MVNO patent. Google is also known to be testing its MVNO service. Its project Fi is now available for the Nexus 6 in the US.

9to5Mac report earlier this year hinted at companies like Apple and Samsung in discussions with mobile carriers to help develop an ‘e-SIM’ via which consumers will have the ability to switch carriers without getting a new card. Mobile providers in talks were said to include AT&T, T-Mobile US parent company Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa and Telefónica. The group working on this development is hoping to have it rolled out some time in 2016.

In the past, BlackBerry had announced its plans to launch virtual SIM cards by the end of the year in India. It said, “it is in discussions with regulatory authorities and telecom operators in the country to launch its virtual SIM solution by year-end. Using the solution, consumers will be able to use as many as nine mobile numbers through a single SIM card.”

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