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SIM To Become a Storage Card, DRM Controller

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Feb 17, 2006, 3:37 PM   by (staff)

European carrier Orange will soon begin deploying 512 MB SIM cards to subscribers who purchase a compatible 3G phone. The cards will act as regular SIMs, authenticating the phone on the network and storing contacts and text messages. However since the card has significantly more storage than the typical 32-64 KB SIMs, they will also act as storage cards, allowing users to store personal as well as downloaded content on the card. Storing protected on the card would allow users to take DRMed content with them from phone to phone without having to repurchase songs, ringtones, etc. M-Systems, manufacturer of the 512 MB SIM card says it will have 1 GB models available by year's end. Very few phones are compatible with this technology as of yet; Orange will only be launching with one phone - the LG U8210. Axalto, another SIM company, launched a competing technology called SIM on the Go that stores the DRM rights but not the files themselves on traditional SIM cards. DRM rights are currently stored on the handsets themselves.

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OH GOD, are they high?! Invader J Feb 19, 2006, 1:33 AM
Holy cow... foneguy Feb 17, 2006, 3:59 PM
for gsm carriers this is sweet................... sowhatsowhat10 Feb 17, 2006, 4:47 PM
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