The image you see above is from a conceptual sketch by Ilya Birman on mobile phones that don't use SIM cards. Rather than shrink the SIM card even further like Apple is planning, Ilya wants to know: why not kill it entirely? Instead, allow the mobile user to choose carriers the same way one picks a WiFi network.
The phone presents me with a list of available carriers. I pick the one I like or select to learn more about it (coverage, service plans etc). If I choose a new one, the phone asks me to choose a plan and other details. Then it asks me if it's fine to share my payment information with the selected carrier. I confirm. Done.
Carriers will fight long and hard against a system like this -- phones locked to a single carrier are the money maker -- but with Apple's market clout, it may just be something that could happen.
|The Future of Humanity: Extinction or Space Travel?|
|Magazines on the iPad to Be At or Near Newsstand Prices?|
|“The aftermath of the Industrial Revolution involved two major Communist revolutions, whose death toll approaches 100 million.”|
|Meat Eating Furniture|
|"The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed."|
|“I can’t wait for the day robots rule.”|
|“The first-ever driverless mass transit test program.”|
|“AI codes its own ‘AI Child’.”|
|Pat the Zombie: A Cruel Adult Spoof of 'Pat the Bunny'|
|How to Escape Planet Earth|
|“Some of us will do anything to be liked.”|
|“Automation doesn't have to be a replacement for human workers.”|
|“The e-Palette, a vehicle that may one day not only deliver, but cook Pizza Hut offerings en route.”|
|“Scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Imagine if you were allowed to eat as many M&M’s as you wanted.”|
|“An autonomous grocery store department on wheels”|