Certainly, if we look beyond today´s outdated technology.
SIM cards are how networks identify that a phone has a subscription
connected to it. In other words, it is a crude, hardware-based system for
I can already connect to my bank and identify myself from any device, and
move large amounts of money (well, if I had any). This system uses software
only. I can access my email using a personal username and code, software
only. I can log on to my corporate network, apply for a passport, or make
payment online using NO dedicated hardware. Oh, and by the way, I can make
phone calls using any of a multitude of apps like Messenger, Skype, etc.
It is clear that fairly advanced, high-security applications manage well
without SIM-cards. Some smart watches already employ “e-sim”, replacing the
need for a cumbersome, costly, and inflexible SIM-card. If I could log on
to my computer at work using a code, I could use it to receive my phone
calls if I left my phone at home.
Why do phone companies dally? It is hard to explain. Handling and
distributing SIM cards is likely costly. One theory is that a hardware
device is harder for us to exchange, making the threshold for switching
operator higher. If all I needed was a personal code, I could switch
operator in a second, benefiting from better prices. It could also be pure
technological inertia. Telecom is very much controlled by global standards
that change only slowly.
I am sure we will see SIM-less phones very soon (or we might simply abolish
telephony altogether, and use the app of our choice on the device of our
On Sat, 21 Jul 30 Heisei at 2:03 PM, Joseph McDonald via kictanet <
> In April i lost 123k to these fraudsters.It is very simple to make
> preventive measures make availability of mpesa after sim swap to be 24-48
> hours.Then make activation process be similar to a new line where the
> person has to go personally with ID.But if someone has access immediately
> then many more are going to lose money.Maybe we need a class action
> against safaricom for being vicariously liable.I should give omtata a
> shout ….by the way
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