How Does Apple Want to Bypass Your Operator With iOS 11?
Operator Less Apple
Apple will continue to emancipate itself as much as possible from mobile operators. With iOS 11, iPhone users may no longer have to go to an operator to subscribe, and may no longer have to consult their customer space.
In any case, this is suggested by new menus from the iOS 11 settings application, discovered by an iOS developer named Zach Waldowski.
Two new submenus have actually appeared in Réglages → Cellulaire :
- One is titled “Fortages” and allows as its name suggests to change packages on the fly. In the era of unlimited packages, we would especially like to be able to subscribe options, such as an international option, but obviously it is not yet in place.
- The other is entitled “Use” and allows you to consult the consumption tracking as measured by the operator (and which sometimes differs from the measurement of the smartphone), as well as the date of renewal of the package.
Thus Apple pushes a little further the standardization of the customer experience of iPhone users. Whatever their operator, they have the same box, the same interface (without applications preinstalled by the operator), the same updates, the same visual voice mail, the same desimlockage procedure … They will now have the same consumption tracking interface.
The removable SIM card in the process of disappearing ?
And this discovery revives the hope of seeing Apple democratize the universal SIM card, a pre-installed, even integrated SIM card, which would allow you to subscribe to the operator and the package of your choice, directly from the device, without detour through a shop.
Apple is experimenting with the Apple SIM, a SIM preinstalled in iPad 4Gs sold in the United States and the United Kingdom since October 2014, which allows you to subscribe to a prepaid mobile internet offer directly from the tablet.
Apple’s partner GigSky has been marketing GigSky Data SIM from its GigSky solution to users of devices of all brands. The solution is practical for globetrotters, but the prices are much higher than those charged by local operators.
But Apple wants to go even further, by integrating an irremovable SIM card into its products. Since July 2015, he has worked with telephone manufacturers such as Samsung and with operators such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica or Orange on an eSIM on-board SIM card standard.
Google Project Fi
All of this echoes Google’s Project Fi, a virtual mobile operator that frees the customer from traditional operators, at home and abroad, and with which we manage our package via a neat mobile application.
In short, with 4G, VoLTE and VoWiFi, the mobile phone line is increasingly virtual, less and less attached to a single SIM card.
One day, you will connect any device to its package as simply as you connect to an online service, entering an identifier and password.
What is Project Fi ? To simplify as much as possible, Project Fi is a mobile operator in prepaid format offered by Google. It works by giving you access to a mobile data service on two networks…