Being Acquainted with Virtual SIM
Virtual SIM technology is an SMPP connection with the characteristics of a SIM card that you hand over to your provider. So it allows you to receive SMS messages via an SMSC connection, but your SIM card is not physically connected.
This provides a high performance method of receiving up to 50 SMS per second through a customer-supplied SIM. The mobile number of the SIM can be used to receive SMS without the restrictions of normal SIM card hosting. This service supports approximately 200 mobile networks worldwide and is a means of getting the performance of Virtual Numbers with the advantage of a national mobile number. Virtual SIMs has the potential to connect the 2.7 billion unconnected people globally that are covered by a mobile network, but unable to afford a mobile handset or SIM.
So, how does this Virtual SIM works?
Subscribers gain an independent mobile identity even though they don't own either the cell phone or a SIM card. The subscriber can choose his own operator plan, recharge his number and avail VAS and other services of his choice. Using the SIM of a primary subscriber to establish the basic connection with the network, the technology allows other users to authenticate themselves, using a code assigned by the operator, and set up their own connections on the network.
Benefits of Virtual SIM Card:
1). Virtual SIM cuts down the capital cost of owning a handset. Virtual SIM is therefore both cost-efficient for users as well as being a profitable proposition for operators.
2). Families, whose individual members could not afford a personal phone, started subscribing to the service as it allowed each member of the family to have a separate mobile number and identity.
3). Professionals and business owners also use Virtual SIM Card service because they could use the same handset for both their private and publicly listed mobile connections.
4). From a telecom operator perspective, it enables the operator to extend mobile services to a much wider audience, affordably and cost-effectively, building a subscriber base for future mobile services.