A new report has indicated that Samsung and Apple are both in talks with the GSMA, which is the mobile telecom telecom industry association, to begin employing electronic SIM cards(e-SIMs) in their mobile devices.

E-SIMs don’t lock users into a specific carrier network and would allow them to switch any device between a network instantly.

Previously, Apple tried its own take on e-SIMS with the last generation of iPads, though only T-Mobile and AT&T supported that feature.

We’re still at least a year away from actually seeing a device with these cards. “With the majority of operators on board,” Anne Bouverot, chief executive of the GSMA, said.

The plan is to finalise the technical architecture that will be used in the development of an end-to-end remote SIM solution for consumer devices, with delivery anticipated by 2016.

Via enGadget