Don’t Hold Your Breath for an Apple (AAPL) iPhone SIM Card

More iPhones are sold through carriers

Apple (AAPL) isn’t planning on releasing a universal iPhone SIM card.

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Source: Apple

Greg Joswiak, vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS product marketing at Apple, said that a universal iPhone SIM card isn’t likely to be made. He said that most iPhones are already sold through carriers and have SIM cards for those carriers, reports Fierce Wireless.

Apple does allow for universal SIM cards in its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Joswiak said that it makes more sense to include the universal SIM cards in the new iPads because they are sold more via its retail connections than iPhones are, Fierce Wireless notes.

While Apple’s universal SIM cards bring the possibility of being able to switch carriers on the fly, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Owners that bring their iPad Air 2 or mini 3 to Verizon (VZ) are given a SIM card specific to it. AT&T (T) is using the universal SIM cards, but it’s locking them to only work with its service, MacRumors notes.

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