Microsoft is said to be a testing a service that would rival the Apple SIM which is currently available in the United States and United Kingdom. This comes as researchers are now working on e-SIM which could eliminate the SIM card as you know it. This would make Microsoft a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) player. Like the Apple SIM, Windows 10 users would be able to connect to other carriers. Plans would be eventually cold through the Windows Store.
The app will reportedly work with the SIM card to help interconnect among carriers
Qualcomm is already experimenting with technology that allows smartphones to communicate with other mobile devices up to a range of 500 meters, bypassing cell towers altogether. Called LTE Direct, it uses licensed spectrum without draining a phone’s battery life and will become commercially available in 2016.
It’s not exactly clear when this service would eventually be announced officially by Microsoft. MVNOs are still not popular in many African countries. In developed societies with a high number of immigrants, such services are popular. MVNOs usually partner with a licensed telecom operator to provide services over their spectrum.