Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees aren't supporting the "e-sim" technology embraced by Apple's latest products - and a consumer advocate says it's all about the telcos' fear that it could empower customers.
The new iPhone Xs Max supports a regular sim card, but also features an "e-sim" or embedded sim - a virtual sim card that lets a customer have more than one phone plan at once, or even belong to two different telcos as they juggle between home and work accounts, or use different accounts for different situations to save money. The technology should also be a boon for travellers who want to grab a local account without the hassle of buying a sim.
Similarly, the new Apple Watch Series 4 comes in two models: "GPS", which needs to pair with an iPhone for full connectivity features, and "GPS + Cellular" or "LTE" which features an e-sim.
Telecommunications Users Association head Craig Young says Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees could be dragging their feet on e-sim technology — which does away with a physical sim card — because it makes it a lot easier to switch phone companies or split their business between competing telcos.
I suggest that it will not be too long before these telco have a change of heart.