Dutch technology blog LetsGoDigital has revealed that HMD Global has just registered the SIMLEY trademark in Europe or used for nokia smart collection of eSIM/mobile payment services. With the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2020) due to be held in Barcelona, Spain later this month, we are expected to see a number of new Nokia smartphones from HMD Global on site.
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Although Nokia 9.2 is not expected to be available until June, it is expected to launch the Nokia 8.2, Nokia 5.2 and Nokia 1.3, covering three different market positions in the lower secondary.
HMD Global has already released Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 during last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (IFA 2019) in Berlin. This time, however, the company may also launch an eSIM feature called SIMLEY.
On 23 January 2020, HMD Global, a firm representing Gilbey Legal in Paris, France, applied to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for a new trademark under the name SIMLEY.
It is registered in 9/ 36/ 38 and covers embedded SIM card, mobile and smartphone communication software applications, access to bank account information and transactions, applications that identify specific users or computers, encoded electronic chips for mobile phones and smartphones, e-wallet payment services, extended warranty insurance services, cryptocurrency hardware wallets, and telecommunications services.
Since HMD Global has yet to release any eSIM-enabled Nokia smartphones, SIMLEY is something to look forward to. In addition to eliminating the hassle of physical SIM cards, it may also support additional protection for private information, even mobile payment services.
Nokia is said to have built a “currency service” in India, but it stalled in 2012 three years after its launch, when a spokesman said it was not part of Nokia’s core business.
Finally, Apple’s iPhone and Google Pixel smartphones have been supporting eSIM for some time, as are the Moto Razr (2019) fold-up-screen smarts and the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which will be launched later this month.
The day before mWC 2020 opens on February 23, HMD Global will hold a press conference at 4pm that day to announce the new smartphone, with SIMLEY expected to be unveiled together.