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Software Replacement of Mobile Phone SIM Cards

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018067D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 140K

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Krisztian Rassay: AUTHOR

Abstract

Mobile Phones in general have SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards for some functions. This small cards need to be handled carefully and have some limitations reagarding the storage and changing situations like the use of a new provider. SIM cards have some permanent information like the phone number, the provider code, network access rights and more on it. In addition there is a memory function for things like SMS storage and the phone book. If someone changes his phone he has to remove the SIM card from the old phone to the new phone. If he also changes the provider he has in addition to that to get a new SIM card for his phone.

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Software Replacement of MobilePhone SIM Cards

Idee: Krisztian Rassay, HU-Budapest

Mobile� Phones� in� general� have� SIM� (SubscriberIdentity Module) cards for some functions. This smallcards need to be handled carefully and have somelimitations reagarding the storage and changingsituations like the use of a new provider.

SIM cards have some permanent information like thephone number, the� provider� code,� network� accessrights and more on it. In addition there is a memoryfunction for things like SMS storage and the phonebook. If someone changes his phone he has to removethe SIM card from the old phone to the new phone. Ifhe also changes the provider he has in addition to thatto get a new SIM card for his phone.

In general the permanent informations on a SIM cardcannot be overwritten.

Instead of this SIM card it is possible to use a puresoftware solution. By a secure data transfer protocolbetween the provider and the mobile phone it can besolved. For� this� it� is� necessary � to� use� a� privacymethod� with� private� and� public� key� pairs.� So theprovider can assure the full and entitled access to therelevant settings of the phone.

Therefor it is necessary to create a key pair for en-crypting� and� decrypting� to� verify each side – theprovider and the user. The phone has to generate itsown private and public key which cannot be manipu-lated from outside.

To prevent an unauthorized intervention by crackingthe provider identifier keys and repr...