SIMFi SIM Card To Be Half Sim, Half WiFi Router

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to get around AT&T and Apple’s restrictions on tethering devices to your iPhone to share the HSPA data connection? A company by the name of Sagem Orga is teaming up with Telefonica to do just that by creating the SMFi. It’s what would happen if a SIM card and a wireless router had a baby. Said baby would allow you to easily broadcast WiFi through your cellular device to a nearby Wi-Fi device.

The SIMFi is a pretty amazing little piece of technology. It uses SIM toolkit applets running on the card itself, meaning it’s totally no-hassle and works on any handset that accepts a standard-sized SIM card. They haven’t given us any other juicy details, but that’s enough to get us excited.

By turning the SIM card into a Wi-Fi hotspot, Sagem Orga and Telefonica have developed a solution without all these hurdles. An embedded WLAN modem in the SIM card, driven by the SIM toolkit applets running in the SIM, will enable Telefonica to broadcast High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) Internet access through Wi-Fi to notebooks and netbooks. The new generation USIM card “SIMFi” can be inserted in any type of classic handset to act as a universal and interoperable HSPA/Wi-Fi router for any device.

[via SlashGear]


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