Smart Cards for Mobile Communication - Cell Phone Smartcards
Mobile Communications use of Smart Cards
Mobile communications is one of the fast growing applications within the smart card industry and the next generation of Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) and Universal IC cards (UICC) will feature a variety of additional mobile telephony customer services.
The 'write once, run anywhere' Java(TM) model is now truly established in the mobile communications arena. Thanks to their interoperability and the durability of applications ensured by upward compatibility, Java cards already account for virtually 100% of the high-end SIM market, and approach half of all SIM shipments. By 2005, Schlumberger expects Java cards to account for two-thirds of the market.
The increased use of mobile phones in everyday life will continue to enhance mobility, with new smart card services and applications such as on-line banking and trading, ticket reservations, ordering food deliveries, internet access, weather reports and all different kind of location-based and personalized services.
Information management solutions enable a mobile network provider to receive a variety of information from information content providers, then transmit this information on request to mobile users where it is displayed on their phone screens.
SIM Cards - Subscriber Identification Module card
SIM cards (subscriber identification module, a type of microprocessor card) are used in mobile communications as an easy form of user identification for the service provider. These cards conform with the international GSM standard (global standard for mobile communication) and are able to attain a high degree of security. One advantage of these stored value smart cards is that they are able to store credit. When this has been used up, the user can acquire additional credit, which itself is stored on the SIM card.
There are over 300,000,000 GSM mobile telephones with smart cards which contain the mobile phone security and subscription information. The handset is personalized to the individual by inserting the card which contains its phone number on the network, billing information, and frequently call numbers.
People using the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) standard for mobile phones use smart card technology. The smart
card is inserted or integrated into the mobile handset. The card stores personal subscriber information and preferences that can
be PIN code protected and transported from phone to phone. The smart cards enable:
SIM Card Software Program Applications for Cell Phones
SIM Manager - Easily maintain multiple phone books. Read, write and save your phone numbers with SIM Manager. Import and export contacts from your SIM card to your PC and back. Ensure your independence from phone vendors and telcos.
Dekart SIM Manager - $8 - answers the question "How to manage the data inside the SIM card in a convenient way". With SIM Manager, you can easily
create, edit, and backup phonebook entries using your PC and stop typing in information using the mobile phone's keypad. Manage
your PIN codes, transfer data from one SIM to another, backup and export/import all phonebook entries.
PhoneFile PRO is the way to create and maintain the contacts
database stored in your digital mobile phone. Edit names and numbers, add new ones, reorganise using drag and drop, automatically
convert to international format. Save, print and exchange your contacts data with other popular software packages.
Many new mobile applications are being developed in association with UMTS, the third generation of mobile telephones. In the near future, it will be possible to transmit e-mails from a remote device, to download electronic money from public telephones and to perform personal telephone configurations. Some of these applications are already being implemented today.
As smart card technologies become more widespread in the fields of banking and the Internet, there will soon be completely new forms of interactivity with the customer via both mobile and landline telephone communication.