Japanese Carrier DOCOMO unveils Portable SIM that can activate any mobile device to make calls

NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s biggest carrier today announced a prototype of the world’s first SIM based authentication device that can wirelessly activate any compatible smartphone or tablet.

Portable SIM is a SIM-based authentication device that can wirelessly activate ‘multiple devices’ erasing the need to have a SIM in each and every device your carry.

Docomo-SIM (Image Credit: Tech In Asia)

Docomo-SIM (Image Credit: Tech In Asia)

User’s subscriber identity can be transferred from Portable SIM via Bluetooth by simply waving it next to a mobile device thus eradicating the need to physically insert a SIM card.

The device was demoed by The Verge and Tech In Asia. It shows how Portable SIM incorporated with a single SIM card uses a series of combination – Bluetooth and NFC to connect with smartphones, tablets and PCs. The SIM based authentication device can securely store and transfer IDs, passwords, and any other information which can be useful while online shopping and other sites.

DOCOMO representatives demonstrated how phone calls could be made in a SIM-less device, by activating it through Portable SIM with a simple tap.

NTT DOCOMO is planning to breakthrough a series of barriers in this field and come up with smart and feasible solutions. Its research and development team is currently working on key technologies, functions and service applications link to the device before its commercialization and to make it much more than just a Portable SIM Device. DOCOMO is also keen to break the barrier that is currently keeping the device from connecting with smart devices such as TVs, music players, in-car informatics systems in order to bring much more convenient products and services to its user base.

“When people use multiple smartphones and tablets, this Portable SIM will be a very convenient way to allow you to link to all of them,” said Kazuaki Terunuma, managing director of the department, during the briefing. As of now, the company hasn’t decided when the device will be launched in Japan.  Overseas sales possibility, for this kind of device would have to be discussed at International Standards Forums, according to DOCOMO officials.

Currently, the prototype is 8cm long, 4cm wide and weighs about 20 grams. DOCOMO says that it will be shrunk, so that the device can fit into a bracelet-style wearable computer in the near future.

DOCOMO has filed for patents on Portable SIM, and is hoping to revitalize the SIM based industry with its new technology.

The device will be revealed at Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai  this week.

Avatar
Christy Gren
Christy Gren is an Industry Specialist Reporter at Industry Leaders Magazine she enjoys writing about Unicorns, Silicon Valley, Startups, Business Leaders and Innovators. Her articles provide an insight about the Power Players in the field of Technology, Auto, Manufacturing, and F&B.

Recent Posts

Weak US job report results in volatile market

Weak US job report results in volatile market

A weak job report resulted in a record close on Friday for the US stocks. The US labor department’s monthly non-farm payrolls report revealed employers hired 266,000 new workers
20 hours ago
Star and Blackstone launch bids to buyout Australia’s Crown Resorts

Star and Blackstone launch bids to buyout Australia’s Crown Resorts

A bidding war has broken out between Australian casino company Star Entertainment Group and US private equity investor Blackstone Group over Crown Resorts, Australia’s bigges
21 hours ago
5 Most Expensive Divorce Settlements in History

5 Most Expensive Divorce Settlements in History

Almost half of the marriages end in divorce is an oft-quoted adage, but surprisingly, this is not true in today’s world. The reasons are varied, gender equality, the higher p
2 days ago
JPMorgan Chase appoints two new CIOS in bid to make its C-suite more diverse

JPMorgan Chase appoints two new CIOS in bid to make its C-suite more diverse

JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank by assets, has appointed two new executives to head its information units in a bid to make its workforce more inclusive and increase racial an
2 days ago
US solar energy sector sees 7% drop in jobs

US solar energy sector sees 7% drop in jobs

The U.S. solar industry witnessed a 7% cut in jobs due to the coronavirus and increasing use of labor-saving tech in the industry, according to an industry report. Job decline is n
2 days ago
Blackstone puts in an offer of $1.68 billion for St Modwen

Blackstone puts in an offer of $1.68 billion for St Modwen

Blackstone, the private equity firm, is planning to acquire St Modwen Properties, a logistics and housing developer, for £1.2bn ($1.68 billion) in a bid to take advantage of the P
4 days ago