Embedded SIM (eSIM) technology arrived quietly on the scene but is set to radically change everything we know about mobile connectivity and how we connect.
It is smaller than a nano-SIM card but one of the most revolutionary mobile tech advancements of its time.
An eSIM (or eUICC) is a tiny chip that is embedded onto a circuit board of a device’s internal hardware. The concept of an eSIM is the same as a regular SIM – it stores your unique information and connects you to a network.
The major difference is that an eSIM cannot be removed or replaced and there are almost no limitations to which network you can connect to when using an eSIM.
Infographic: What is an eSIM and How Does it Work?
Different Types of eSIM for Different Needs
There are two different kinds of eSIM: Data Only and Voice, SMS, and Data.
Each has unique features and functionalities that will appeal to different kinds of users. This guide will help you understand how they work and which one is best for your needs.
A Data-Only eSIM is exactly what it sounds like – it only uses data.
Data-only eSIMs offer excellent coverage and greater connectivity because they can connect to major networks around the world, both in the country you buy an eSIM for and countries outside of your chosen destination.
The data-only eSIM is ideal if you just need access to the internet.
It is great for travellers who use apps like Uber and Google Maps to get around and want access to their social media accounts while on the move. It is also great as a work line when you need to access emails or documents on the go.
You activate a Data-Only eSIM by buying a data bundle. You can get 1GB of high-speed data that is valid for seven days and top it up as much as you need.
To set up the eSIM you simply scan a QR code that is emailed to you.
Voice, SMS, and Data eSIM
A Voice, SMS, and Data eSIM is an all-inclusive option that includes all the standard mobile services. It also offers global roaming coverage, fixed rates across Europe, a separate +44 phone number, and access to 5G networks.
This eSIM is ideal for longer holidays or work trips and everyday business use.
Using a Voice, SMS, and Data eSIM offers more flexibility than ever before and makes keeping in contact while on the go effortless and cost-effective.
You can use your phone freely without having to worry about the outrageous costs of international roaming or not having coverage when you need it.
Why Should You Get an eSIM?
eSIM offers more coverage and better connectivity – everything a mobile user has ever dreamed of. And that’s just one of the advantages of using an eSIM.
Dual-SIM functionality and cheap international roaming rates are also two major benefits of using embedded SIM cards.
The eSIM gives you complete freedom over when and where you use your phone – at home, work, or abroad – and how much you spend while using it.
This flexibility and potential for saving on data costs is a massive drawcard and one of the most appealing selling points of an eSIM.
What Devices Support eSIM?
The first eSIM enabled smartphone was released in 2019, so only a select few devices have eSIM capabilities – for now.
Analysts project there will be about two billion eSIM devices in the hands of consumers by 2025, so it won’t be long before eSIM enabled devices are the new normal.
So far, Apple, Google, Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola have all released phones with eSIM capabilities.
Here is a list of all the devices that currently support eSIM.
How to Buy an eSIM from eSIM.net
- Visit eSIM.net
- Choose between our globally enabled Pay As You Go eSIM or a Data-Only eSIM for a specific region around the world
- Purchase your plan online and receive a QR code direct to your email
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