The newest smartphones now come with eSIM capabilities. That's right, you can now say goodbye to physical plastic SIM cards. With this new technology, you can seamlessly switch between carriers and have multiple phone numbers on the same phone.
This technology makes it possible to get eSIM data plans that serve a multitude of purposes. On advantage to eSIM plans is they allow users to get international eSIM data as well as eSIM plans in the USA. So people traveling to the U.S. or vice versa, can get affordable data that they can control on any device that supports eSIM. Furthermore, devices like iPads and Apple Watches support eSIM data plans.
Back in 2018, Apple announced that the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or later with iOS 12.1 would contain eSIM capabilities, making them the first widely marketed eSIM-compatible smartphones. Apple's competitors quickly followed, with Samsung and Google also making this technology available on their latest smartphones.
|Brand||eSIM Compatible Devices|
iPhone 11, 11 Pro, Pro Max
iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR
Galaxy Fold, S20, S20+, s20 Ultra, Z Flip
Pixel 2, 2XL
Pixel 3a,3a XL
Pixel 4, 4XL
What is an eSIM?
eSIM, which stands for "embedded subscriber identity module", is a small electronic chip inside a phone, which serves the same purpose as the plastic SIM cards which we have become accustomed to.
We are all familiar with the situation in which you lose your SIM card, or you need to activate a new SIM card with your provider. This process involves going to a local service provider's store, where they will give you a new SIM card and activate it for you in a few minutes. When the provider activates the SIM card, really all they are doing is connecting the SIM card to your account.
But what if we didn't need to take all these steps? With eSIM technology, you no longer need to, as the SIM card is already embedded in your phone. You can activate your account through your carrier's app, and you will be free to make calls, send texts, and use mobile data in a matter of seconds.
What are the benefits of eSIM?
Convenience: eSIM makes it very easy to switch from one phone account to another. In most cases, all it takes to switch carriers is downloading the carrier's app and buying a monthly plan.
This is especially convenient for frequent travelers who want to avoid paying high roaming fees. You no longer need to find a local carrier and physically switch your SIM card. With eSIM, It is as easy as downloading a local carrier's app when you get to the country and signing up for a plan. If you sign up through a provider like Wificoin, you'll have data access as soon as you land.
Dual Sim Technology: The latest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy eSIM phones now feature Dual SIM technology, with both a nano-SIM and an eSIM. Dual SIM provides many benefits, including the ability to use multiple phone numbers on the same phone, as well as the ability to have separate voice and data plans. You can also add a local plan when you travel outside of the country or region.
More Space: You've probably noticed that phone-makers such as Apple have removed many components, such as the headphone jack and the fingerprint scanners. While the display sizes keep going up, the internal components keep shrinking. eSIM's also free up significant space within the phone, as an eSIM is only 15% the size of a Nano Sim. In the future, phone-makers will be able to fit larger batteries inside the phone, or use the extra space for other features, such as additional cameras.
There are several companies that offer eSIM data plans. Wificoin has recently launched a brand new eSIM plan, which offers 1GB of data in both the US and 45 countries across the globe. This eSIM plan is currently available on any eSIM enabled device.
There are several other providers that offer global eSIM plans. For instance, Truphone offers a global plan; however, at the moment their plans are not available on Samsung devices. Flexiroam has a variety of global and local data plans to choose from, but they are the most expensive option on the market.
Traditional carriers such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint now offer eSIM plans as well. However, these are of course limited to the U.S. and would still require switching to a local plan when traveling abroad.
Is eSIM only available on Smartphones?
eSIM technology is fairly new for smartphones, but has been around in other devices for quite some time now. If you've ever wondered how smart watches such as the Apple Watch or Samsung's Galaxy Watch, or how tablets such as Apple's iPad can access data, well, the answer is eSIM. eSIM not only allows these devices to have data, it also helps these devices stay connected without having to be tethered to a phone.
Currently, there are very few eSIM equipped laptops on the market. However, it is likely that in the near future, most laptops in the market will possess eSIM technology.
How do I activate an eSIM Plan?
eSIM activation is very easy. Generally, once you've picked an eSIM plan, the carrier will email you a QR code to scan or an activation number. Other carriers, such as Verizon Wireless, use their mobile app to program the sim.