GSMA and Members Back SIM-Based NFC
The GSMA today announced that 45 of its network operator partners have agreed to back near-field communications solutions that make use of NFC-equipped SIM cards. In the U.S., the ISIS joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless has sided with the GSMA and backs the SIM-based NFC solution, leaving Sprint and Google apart with their stand-alone NFC-based mobile payment service. Other notable carriers that have agreed to support NFC SIMs include: China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, SFR, SK Telekom, Softbank Mobile, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone. In addition to the strong show of support from carriers, the GSMA also announced that it has published handset and SIM requirements that define common handset APIs (application programming interfaces) to support SIM-based NFC services. The GSMA believes that these requirements will help to ensure that SIM-based NFC services are available to the maximum number of handsets, operators, and customers.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones
Google and Sprint today said some of Sprint's Android phones now have access to RCS-based messaging features. Google added Rich Communication Services, powered by its Jibe cloud platform, to its own Messenger SMS application.
Apple, Samsung to Adopt GSMA-Backed Electronic SIMs
The GSMA said it is in advanced talks with Apple and Samsung to adopt the nearly-finalized electronic SIM card standard moving forward. The GSMA has been working with the industry on electronic SIMs for some time and is close to announcing a final standard.