DOJ probing AT & T, Verizon for collusion to thwart eSIM and you switching

AT & T, Verizon and GSMA are being investigated by the US Department of Justice for collusion to make it harder for customers to switch wireless carriers, according to Reuters.

The DOJ is investigating whether AT & T and Verizon have worked with the GSMA, a regulator of the mobile ecosystem, to impede a technology known as eSIM. It allows customers to remotely switch providers without having to exchange a physical SIM card.

DOJ investigates AT & T, Verizon and GSMA. (Ramin Talaie, Getty Images)

GSMA has put on hold the development of the eSIM standard pending the completion of the antitrust investigation, he confirmed.

GSMA said in a statement:

The GSMA, in collaboration with leading mobile operators, device manufacturers and SIM manufacturers around the world, facilitates the development of a universal standard for eSIM that will be rolled out globally. a wide range of features, including the option for eSIM to lock. In the United States, consumers would have this option; however, they should explicitly consent to this under specific commercial agreements with their mobile operator, for example when they purchase a subsidized device.

The development of the latest version of the specification is suspended pending the completion of an investigation by the United States Department of Justice ….

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