It looks like we are going to be moving over to electronic SIMs (or e-SIMs), with both Samsung and Apple reportedly looking at adopting the new electronic SIM cards.
The benefits of e-SIMs? They are not carrier-specific, so you could switch devices between a network easily. This means that any smartphone, tablet or network-enabled smart device will work with any carrier that supports e-SIMs. Apple has previously tried to push in the use of e-SIMs with its previous generation iPads, but only T-Mobile and AT&T supported it at the time.
The Financial Times reports that Samsung and Apple are both reportedly in talks with the GSMA, the mobile telecom industry association, where we'll see e-SIM cards in future smartphones and tablets. Chief Executive of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot, told The Financial Times: "With the majority of operators on board, [t]he plan is to finalise the technical architecture that will be used in the development of an end-to-end remote SIM solution for consumer devices, with delivery anticipated by 2016".