Verizon wins patent to create virtual SIMs on blockchain

posted 10 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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