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Anti-Consumer Approach: Why Ditching SIM Cards in iPhone is a Bad Idea?

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  • September 12, 2022

With the release of the iPhone 14, Apple abandoned another element, without which it was impossible to imagine any smartphone before. We are talking about a tray for physical SIM cards, which will not be in the iPhone 14 for the US market. Now users have no choice but to get used to eSIM.

However, the profile publication XDA Developers considers this approach anti-consumer. Buyers of new iPhones will face a number of shortcomings of the eSIM standard, to which Apple does not provide any alternative. 

For example, even in the US, many cellular companies simply do not support eSIM, and Americans whose operator is not included in the list of “chosen ones” will have to move to market monopolists. Moreover, for large operators, eSIM support is usually declared only in certain tariff plans, which are noticeably more expensive than usual ones. Thoughts of Apple colluding with the telecom giants creep in on their own.

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In the event of a device breakdown, it will not be possible to quickly remove the SIM card and transfer the number to another smartphone, and when traveling abroad, a real nightmare begins in general. You will either have to pay big money for roaming instead of buying a SIM card from a local operator, or look for options with eSIM support, which may not be available outside of developed countries.

Obviously, no one stopped Apple from leaving a physical SIM card in American iPhones, as is the case with devices for the rest of the world. It’s just that the Cupertinos are again trying to impose “innovations” on users, placing additional expenses on them, as was the case with the rejection of the minijack and the removal of the charger from the delivery set.

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It remains to be hoped that other brands do not pick up the baton and remove SIM cards from their smartphones. However, given the experience of past years, there is a considerable likelihood of such a development of events.

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