Verizon wins patent to create virtual SIMs on blockchain

posted 3 months ago
Telecom giant Verizon is eyeing the use of blockchain technology to underpin dynamic creation of virtual SIM cards. The company was granted a patent with the US Patent Office for the concept on Sept. 10th, in which it sets out how the invention could do away with pre-inserted, branded physical SIM cards.

The patent describes how a physical SIM card can be replaced by a software equivalent – a virtual SIM (vSIM) – that is secured with blockchain-based encryption. The patent states “In one implementation, users can accept new vSIM certificates into a user account, transfer a vSIM among client devices associated with the user account, or deliver a vSIM certificate to another user.”
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