Soon digital security firm Gemalto's new MasterCard PayPass SIM card will make NFC payments possible on all GSM phones—whether smart or dumb. It means that you'll be able to use the SIM to manage and make mobile payments and—if it's successful—the SIM could bring the first mass commercial rollout of NFC payments…
Gemalto, with Facebook's help, just made a text-based, on-SIM implementation of basic Facebook functions. The software lets dumbphones do simple Facebook tasks like changing status or posting on walls. Good for developing countries, weird for everywhere else. [The Register]
According to a report at GigaOM, Apple's working on creating a SIM card that will be integrated into the iPhone itself. That means cutting carriers out of the purchasing process, and giving more power to Apple—and the consumer.