Although the huge majority of phones don’t support eSIMs, it’s only a matter of time before they adopt electronic SIM cards. Essentially it will remove the physical SIM card.
The term “eSIM” simply means an embedded SIM card. There are no physical SIM cards involved. eSIM needs to be supported by the network or carrier and enabled by them and not all networks support eSIM as yet.
Phones that have both are using eSIM as a substitute for a second SIM. These still have space for a traditional micro SIM that you can use in the normal way. But you can add a second number or data contract via the eSIM.
The use of eSIM brings a number of advantages to device manufacturers and networks. But there are also some advantages for you, too. You can have plans from more than one network stored on your eSIM.
So you could use one number for business and another number for personal calls. Or have a data roaming SIM for use in another country. You could even have completely separate voice and data plans.
I tried Airalo
Airalo is the world’s first eSIM store for travelers to access over 190 eSIMs with local rates from around the world, all via eSIM compatible smartphone, tablet or PC. Airalo offers both the connectivity and freedom – you’ll never have to carry multiple SIM cards or change your number again, no matter where you are in the world.
We all have faced the painful situations of not finding Wi-Fi, losing the SIM card we have carefully taped to the back of the phone, and the horror of coming home to an unexpected roaming bill.
“We believe that in today’s modern world, connectivity and freedom should be accessible to all. Airalo is here to take away the pain and stress of researching and seeking out the best roaming deal. We’re here to let everyone stay connected globally, while keeping it simple and pain-free”, Airalo explains.
All you have to do is download the app from the Appstore or Google Play, select the eSIM options, which are from local to regional. Then follow the steps how to activate it on your phone. Before anything else, just check if your device is compatible.
The process was smooth and it worked fine during my recent visit in Turkey. The eSIM I got was from TurkCell.
“Slowly but surely, eSIMs will take over. If your carrier supports it, and your phone supports it, then that may be all you need to start using the new technology today. To help bridge the gap, some phones with eSIMs still have traditional SIM card slots, but eventually, those trays could go away altogether,” writes Digital Trends.
Whether you’re traveling, switching carriers, or upgrading your phone, an eSIM sounds much easier to manage. And the technology is spreading faster than consumers can keep up, and soon it’ll be everywhere (if it’s not already in the device that’s in your hand).