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Sagem Orga and Telefonica turn the SIM card into a Wi-Fi hotspot

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Smart card vendor, Sagem Orga and Telefonica are to jointly offer "SIMFi," the first SIM card with integrated Wi Fi support. An embedded WLAN modem in the SIM card, driven by the SIM toolkit applets running in the SIM, will enable Telefonica to broadcast HSPA access through Wi Fi to notebooks and netbooks.

In effect, the SIM card becomes an embedded Mi-Fi type of device.

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.

"We strongly believe that SIMFi, with its unprecedented functionality for wireless access, will significantly improve the user experience," explained Remy Cricco, Technology Innovation Manager at Sagem Orga. "If customers can connect their notebooks to the Web anytime and anywhere by simply using what they have with them most of the time and what is the most trusted secure device - the SIM card - adoption can be expected to be enormous."

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