According to a recent article by The Telegraph, Apple has abandoned plans to introduce integrated SIM-cards in future iPhone handsets.

Now so long ago, we told you Apple was considering “pushing carriers away” by introducing integrated SIM-cards in upcoming iPhone handsets. This move would allow customers to easily buy an iPhone handset from the Apple Online Store, and have it up and running without having to call a carrier or visit a store.

Furthermore, it would give Apple more control over the market. However, recent reports suggest that Apple has entirely abandoned these plans. One senior executive at a European carrier even stated:

Apple has long been trying to build closer and closer relationships and cut out the operators. But this time they have been sent back to the drawing board with their tails between their legs.

Obviously, nothing has been confirmed – and we’re not sure anything will be. The only confirmation we can expect to receive would be Apple’s avoidance of implementing an integrated SIM in future iPhone handsets, and we’re not going to be sure of that until WWDC 2011.

Until then, let us know your thoughts regarding integrated SIM-cards in the comments below!