This week, Apple apple held their annual unveiling of their new products. But while everyone was drooling over the new iPhone, some cool new tech inside the Series 3 Apple Watch quietly ushered in a possible change for the telecom industry.
The latest Apple Watches will be outfitted with eSIM cards — a new type of SIM card that’s much smaller, and permanently embedded in the device. This will allow the Apple Watch to connect to cellular internet, like 4G.
But what really makes this SIM unique is the fact that it is not tied to a new number, but rather linked to your current cell phone number and data plan. That means you can sync your watch and your phone — even leave your phone at home while you’re out on the go and still stay totally connected.
But besides the convenience factor, the eSIM is actually a really big deal for the future of wearable tech and IoT devices. And Apple isn’t the only one using it, either. The fact of the matter is that technology like the eSIM is probably going to go in a whole lot of smart-products — making the Internet of Things much more accessible to the everyday person. But, all this connectivity is also going to affect the networks.
As millions (and eventually billions) of people connect to 3G, 4G and eventually 5G with all of their smart devices, the networks are bound to get overrun. As our CEO explained in an article on LinkedIn, the networks just weren’t built for all that traffic. “…The mobile networks we use now were built and designed for voice. Over time, we’ve upgraded them to work with much more, like data and video with the help of 3/4/5G….(but) We’ll need to build an entirely new infrastructure.”
So, one day will we look back on the first uses of eSIM and wonder if we should have started upgrading the networks right away? Well, that’s to be determined. Check out our latest vlog on this topic and don’t forget to share it with your own network!