Nokia's 6216 Has NFC Built Into the SIM Card
Today Nokia announced the 6216 Classic, a bar-style phone that has Near Field Communications technology included as part of the SIM card. The antenna and NFC software remain on the phone itself, but user data, such as PIN codes and and ID numbers, are stored in the SIM card. By including the NFC technology on the SIM card, it allows network operators to custom tailor services to the NFC capabilities of the handset and make for easier billing to the end user. The 6216 Classic also has a camera, FM radio, 3G and support for microSD cards up to 8GB. It will be available in select markets for $195 starting in the third quarter.
Nuu Mobile Shows Off the X5 Smartphone with Konnect i1 eSIM
Nuu Mobile this week announced the X5 smartphone during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The X5 is a flagship-class Android smartphone for those seeking alternatives to traditional postpaid carriers.
Google’s New Pixel Phones to Ship with Embedded eSIM
Google today revealed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets will include an optional, built-in eSIM card, allowing people to bypass the use of traditional SIM cards. According to Google, the eSIMs will be compatible with its own Project Fi service.
Microsoft Prepping Own SIM for Windows 10 Devices
Microsoft has published a new app for Windows 10 devices meant to help people connect to and pay for data networks using their Microsoft account. According to the app's description, Windows 10 device owners can view locally available plans and sign up for contract-free service directly from their device.
FreedomPop Zero-Rates WhatsApp with New SIM
FreedomPop today announced a new SIM card that provides free access to WhatsApp. The WhatsApp SIM comes with unlimited WhatsApp usage, 200 MB of data, and 100 voice minutes — all of which can be used for free.