Apple gets patent for wireless activation

Apple gets iPhone wireless activation patent

Apple gets iPhone wireless activation patent Apple has just received a patent for wireless activation and this could continue to give its iPhone a head’s up against the competition, as well as potentially let iPhone owners have more control of their devices.

As you probably know, the Apple iPhone lets you take the device home and connect it to iTunes to activate it. This can mean the actual phone-buying time is greatly reduced, although iTunes can be hammered on launch days.

Apple has received a patent for this type of wireless activation and this could mean that the carriers won’t have as strong of a pull on the next version of the smartphone.

According to Patently Apple:

According to one aspect of the invention, the service provider signing process may be repeated for different SIM cards such that more than one activation ticket may be stored on the device. Each activation ticket stored on the device corresponds to one of the SIM cards that were inserted into the device during the signing process. In this manner, the mobile device may be prepared for activation with different service providers corresponding to the different SIM cards used during the signing process (as long as the subscriber accounts with those service providers are still valid at the time of activation).

This potentially means that you could buy the iPhone 5 and, if it had the right radios in it, could hop between applicable networks. It’s still way too early to tell if that will happen though, as carriers are sure to want to exert control but this could be a positive step for end users.

[Via Patently Apple]

  • Apple Isn’t God

    wireless activation was a primary feature in android since the very beginning in 2008. Apple did not have wireless activation then. Your the heck they are granted the patent?

    The patent office must be sleeping!

    • http://twitter.com/bragzter Bradley Larcher

      i think we should sue the patent office for giving apple a patent for a technology that has been around years ago. apple is filing lawsuits against everybody these days, so i won’t put anything past them if down the road they decide to sue google and android for wireless activations. that patent makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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