“When was the last time you actually used your Telco SIM CARDS to make phone calls or send text messages?”
According to a 2010 research by Nielsen, the average monthly voice minutes used by 18 to 34-year-olds fell drastically from 1200 minutes per month to 900 minutes a month in just two years!
The reason for this trend is simple: millennials simply don’t have time for outdated technology anymore.
VOIP – Voice over Internet Protocol application
Ever since the emergence of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) apps such as Whatsapp, Viber, Line, Messenger, Skype etc, people have opted to use the Internet over their cellular phone plan when it comes to contacting people.
Internet-based communication is simple, easy, and costs much cheaper, mostly due to the widespread availability of prepaid/postpaid local data plans and Wi-Fi everywhere.
“Why should I pay for phone calls, when I could just call people for free through Skype?”
Whether you want to admit it or not, the traditional phone business is slowly dying out, and in the future, so will SIM cards.
Data is the mainstream; soon all virtual communication will be executed purely through the internet. People will be living in a world that is built around data networks.
So what will be the future after SIM cards? Our best guess would be the embedded SIMs.
Embeded SIMs (eSIMs)
eSIM have embedded SIMs that are physically implanted into your mobile phone. They are an integral part of the phone’s body and thus cannot be removed.
This is to avoid the hassle and time delay that comes with switching SIM cards. With eSIMs, swapping SIM cards will no longer be required to use another mobile communications network; instead, your phone can simply be reprogrammed to swap profiles and mobile operators. A simple click might be all it takes to switch from telco to telco.
Even though it will take some time for eSIMs to be the norm among us, some of the biggest tech companies in the world (e.g. Apple, Google, Samsung, Huawei etc.) have already begun to incorporate eSIMs into their latest gadgets.
Due to its versatility and size, eSIM remains a favourite component of smartwatches, including the popular Apple Watch 3 series and the Huawei Watch 2.
In 2017, Google Inc. also announced a new built-in eSIM for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. This enables Google to just authenticate any changes on your cellular account without any time delay.
As per 2020, there are at least 5 phones that are eSIM-supported.
“For now, we’re piloting e-SIM on the newest Pixel devices with Project Fi. We look forward to sharing what we learn and working together with industry partners to encourage more widespread adoption,” commented Joy Xi, product manager of Project Fi, hinting a SIM card-less future for years to come.
That goes without saying that travel SIMs will soon disappear from the market. With this in mind, let’s envision mobile connections in the future.
The Future is Data: Data Provider Services
When the extinction of SIM hardware and the dawn of VoIP apps come together, there is no doubt that Data is the main focus of all communications in the future.
Mobile service operators and data service providers will be competing in the same playing field, with price and functionality as the main focus. People will be purchasing data plans similar to how they will buy groceries in a supermarket.
As data service providers are still new among the current generation, we will explain more about how exactly their services work and what it means to future travelling. Here, we will use FLEXIROAM as an example.
FLEXIROAM X – The Future of Data
FLEXIROAM is a data service provider. The main product, FLEXIROAM X, is a 0.08mm sleek microchip placed into your phone, enabling you to access data roaming anywhere in the world, connecting you to the local networks.
With the microchip embedded, travellers can use the FLEXIROAM X App to browse through various data plans. Currently, these data plans cover more than 150 countries all around the world.
The data plans are tailored for various kinds of usage, so that means it suits everyone. Travellers who travel in a single country can just purchase a Local Plan, whereas those who travel in multiple countries can opt for a Global Plan. When the data is finished, users can simply top up for more. Every transaction is done easily through credit or debit card.
Other than for travelling purposes, you can also use FLEXIROAM X to surf the internet at your home. With our huge array of data, it’s guaranteed that you won’t feel like stepping outside of your house.
No form of commitment is needed with FLEXIROAM. This eliminates unnecessary fees such as membership fee and subscription fees. Adaptable, innovative, and flexible, it is easy to see that these services will be the best way to stay connected as you go.
When the future comes, our generation will have to adapt to a world without physical SIM cards anymore.
This change is surely good news to frequent travellers – you will be free from the trouble of switching SIMs or subscribing to costly telco packages. Simply purchase any data plans from data service providers for a cheaper price whenever you need it. No more hassle.