“Reliable sources” suggest that some of Europe’s mobile providers are uniting in their opposition to Apple’s plans to embedding SIMs within mobile devices, reports “The Next Web” (http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2010/11/19/european-carriers-close-ranks-against-apples-embedded-sim-plan/?).

The providers — thought to include Vodaphone UK, France Telecom and Telefónica in Spain –are privately saying that they could refuse to subsidize an iPhone that contained an embedded SIM, the article adds. Recent reports have hinted that Apple is investigating the possibility of embedding SIM cards within their mobile devices.

“The advantages for Apple are twofold, in addition to making the design and manufacturing process simpler by eliminating the need for users to have access to the cards, it would give control over the activation process to Apple, enabling their customers to choose carrier and activate their phones within the Apple store, or even online,” says “The Next Web.”