By Chuong Nguyen | May 18, 2009 3:09 PM
Looks like Verizon Wireless will be moving closer to rival AT&T with the adoption of LTE as the 4G protocol for its next generation wireless and now with the news of swappable SIM cards. SIM cards have been a selling feature for GSM phones, which can save names and numbers to the the card for easy migration to another GSM device. Moreover, the use of GSM is even more beneficial when you can easily swap devices and have the same line, number, and account with you regardless of which phone you want to tackle for the day.
Currently, Verizon Wireless customers have to either log onto their accounts online or call customer service to swap devices. Their service and account is tied to their phone’s identification number, which is similar to a serial number, that is identified with the carrier. The benefit here is that the carrier can block a handset from using their network, reducing the amount of fraud and reducing the number of stolen phones. If you’re phone is stolen, you can call Verizon Wireless to have that phone blocked and banned from the network; there is no such way to ban a GSM phone from the network as long as an active SIM card is in the phone.
Looks like Verizon Wireless is trying to sell more hardware for LTE with the ease of SIM swapping according to the article on Gizmodo. It’d be optimistic, wishful hoping for Verizon and AT&T to work it out so that their LTE service is on the same frequency so that you can use an AT&T SIM in a Verizon Wireless device and the other way around. Baby steps.