Blackberry acquired Movirtu last year and since then, the Canadian company has been hinting of a service that will take advantage of Movirtu’s technology.
The service is moving forward as far as India is concerned. During an interaction with the media, BlackBerry confirmed they are testing the service for the Indian market.
The premise of the Virtual SIM is simple. You insert one physical SIM card for the primary number and with Movirtu’s platform, you can add up to 9 additional numbers without changing your physical SIM. For instance, one number could be for your personal use, another for office and one more when you’re travelling abroad.
As a user, this frees you from the hassle of changing SIMs frequently with its ManyMe service and if you’re a business, it gives a proper accountability of employee’s usage with bill split and business numbers through WorkLife.
The service should work with any carrier worldwide however, Blackberry says due to Indian regulations, the ability to add more numbers will be restricted to a single carrier. This means, if you or your business has a Movirtu-enabled SIM with Airtel, the virtual numbers can be activated or deactivated for Airtel only.
There’s no tentative timeline for the launch of the virtual SIM service but interestingly, Airtel, prior to BlackBerry’s takeover, signed a deal with Movirtu to implement its technology in Africa.