HMD is a Finnish mobile phone company, made up of the mobile phone business that Nokia had sold to Microsoft in 2014, then bought back in 2016. HMD Oy (limited company) began marketing smartphones and feature phones under the Nokia brand on 1 December 2016. The company has exclusive rights to the Nokia brand for mobile phones through a licensing agreement. The company was created by inheriting Microsoft Mobile’s feature phone business, which was sold to Microsoft by Nokia in 2014. HMD is in a ‘close partnership’ with Google, and uses the Android operating system under the Android One programme on their smartphones, whereas HMD’s feature phones use the Series 30+ platform, or most recently

As the company is preparing to announce at least 3 new phones at MWC 2020 later this month, the company has filed a patent for a new embedded SIM card (eSIM) solution with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The tech is called SIMLEY and will serve a multitude of purposes ranging from telecommunication services to an e-wallet and banking service tool as well as an extended warranty service.

HMD SIMLEY description

HMD SIMLEY description

The more important takeaway here is that HMD is planning to introduce eSIM compatible Nokia phones in the near future. While competitors like Apple and Google have offered this type of service on their devices for a number of years now, the new standard is still not that common.

In addition to functioning as a SIM card for mobile service, SIMLEY is also speculated to work as an electronic mobile payment service with added protection for user data. We don’t have much to work with here so we’ll just have to wait for HMD to provide more information on the matter. For a more in-depth explanation of eSIM and its advantages check out this piece we did a while back.