Verizon And AT&T Decide To Modify Their eSIM Practices

Almost 2 Years back, the Department of Justice rolled out a probe into whether Verizon, AT&T, and the GSMA (GSM Association) operated together to restrict eSIM tech. This week, the media claims that the DOJ is closing the probe and has discovered no proof of illegal behavior.

The DOJ was originally worried that Verizon and AT&T made effort to lock devices on their networks even if the handset had an eSIM. But the firms have decided to alter how they decide standards for eSIM, which will let users to employ eSIM to toggle carriers, instead of having to add a new SIM card. And consequently, the DOJ is ending the probe.

This is an instead an anticlimactic conclusion, but it is good news for eSIM. The tech has not met the type of widespread acceptance we had originally expected for, but this alteration can offer it a boost.

On a related note, Oppo has touted a new handset, the Reno3 Pro 5G, that follows its custom of making very thin handsets. At only 7.7mm thin, not comprising the lens, it “might just be the slimmest dual-mode 5G handset in its price section,” as per a post by Brian Shen, VP of Oppo(dual-5G indicates that it can support actual 5G “separate” networks). It also has a curved glass display on the back and front, with almost no bezels on the sides and top.

A handset that slim is not expected to have a pop-up camera (also a well-known feature by Oppo), but there is no primary camera in site. Though, the picture is expediently cropped on the left end, indicating it can have a hole-punch corner camera similar to Samsung Galaxy S10. It may also have a more fundamentalback camera setup versus what we have seen on recent handsets.

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