Mobile security firm Gemalto has hooked up with LG to offer phones supporting its Smart Card Web Server technology, which essentially drops a web server and content right onto a phone's SIM. There are a number of value propositions here, but Gemalto appears to be primarily pushing two of them: one, this allows portions of a carrier's portal to be accessible from anywhere regardless of whether the phone is within network coverage, and two, it'll give carriers customization capability (albeit in a very limited capacity) even to unsubsidized, unlocked phones that are brought onto their network. LG handsets capable of using the goods should be available by mid-year, though there's no telling when or if carriers will get on board.

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