eSIM in the USA: Your questions answered

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Are you a resident of the United States and are looking for an eSIM plan to access cheap domestic data and international roaming rates? Or, perhaps you’re traveling to the USA soon and are looking for a cost-effective cellular plan? Well, in that case, we’ve got you covered with an eSIM for the USA.

eSIM technology is increasingly available in the United States and worldwide, with plans for eSIM-enabled devices now on offer through online stores such as eSIM.net, as well as other network providers. For some, the lure of cheaper data packages have got them thinking about adding an eSIM plan to their phone or tablet, while, for others, they’re looking to enjoy the benefits of having a second number

Either way, eSIM technology is here to stay, with new devices being released every month with eSIM-support. But what is an eSIM? Does it work in the United States? If so, how can you use it? As a leading online eSIM store, eSIM.net are here to help and have answered some of your most frequently asked questions about eSIM in the USA. 

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What is an eSIM?

An eSIM, or “Embedded Subscriber Identification Module”, is a chip that is embedded inside a range of devices and can be activated with cellular services, including data and/or voice and SMS.

How does an eSIM work?

An eSIM functions exactly like a physical SIM card, in that it stores subscription data and can be used to connect your phone to cellular services. However, unlike a traditional SIM card, an eSIM is embedded within a device during its manufacturing stage and cannot be removed. Uniquely, eSIM services are downloaded via the internet (remotely provisioned) from a user’s chosen eSIM provider and can be rewritten at any time should the user wish to change their provider or services plan.

What is an eSIM used for?

The majority of eSIM plans on the market are data-only bundles, ideal for those looking to add data services to their eSIM-enabled tablet, or when traveling overseas as they offer extremely low international roaming rates. However, eSIM.net have recently been the first provider to offer a Global Pay As You Go eSIM plan which comes with a telephone number for voice calls, and SMS and data services. This plan is suited to those who require an active, second mobile line on their smartphone when traveling overseas.

Will an eSIM work with my current SIM card?

eSIM services on a handset work concurrently with an existing SIM card, meaning there is no need to remove your existing SIM or lose your personal, private number. Whether you opt for data-only eSIMs or an eSIM plan with voice, SMS and data, you’ll be able to use both SIM options at the same time. Moreover, depending on your eSIM provider, you may be able to switch between mobile networks and even have two different mobile networks working on your phone at once.

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Apple’s latest iPhone series’ are compatible with eSIM

Does eSIM work in the USA?

Yes, users of an eSIM-enabled device of any kind can buy and use an eSIM in the USA. They can choose to purchase their eSIM from a traditional carrier, or buy their eSIM online through various online eSIM stores and less-traditional carriers, including eSIM.net. 

Which carriers support eSIM in the USA?

  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile USA
  • Verizon Wireless
  • eSIM.net
  • TruPhone
  • Ubigi

For an up-to-date list, visit Apple’s support page.

Where can you buy eSIMs?

eSIMs can be purchased from traditional carriers or bought online through “Global Mobile Network” providers, including eSIM.net and other similar online eSIM stores. However, offerings will vary depending on the carrier or provider, from local and regional plans, to global plans that work worldwide.

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Customers looking to buy an eSIM for the USA can visit eSIM.net

What eSIM should I buy?

Different eSIM plans are available from different providers, so it will depend on what you want to use your eSIM for, and where. Many eSIM plans are data-only bundles that work in select destinations only, while others include additional services like a telephone number for voice calls and SMSs that work globally.

Does eSIM work internationally?

eSIMs work internationally, however there are varying rates and coverage depending on where you purchase your plan. The cheapest international eSIM plans can be purchased online, providing either destination-specific, or global, coverage. Traditional network providers also offer their own eSIM plans that work internationally, although prices tend to be higher.

What eSIM plans does eSIM.net offer for the USA?

Customers looking to buy an eSIM for the USA can choose from two different packages:

1. Global Pay As You Go eSIM Plan

The Global Pay As You Go eSIM plan from eSIM.net works in the USA, providing its user with full voice, data and SMS services. This plan is currently only offered with a +44 telephone number, however, eSIM.net do hope to provide a local USA telephone number in the coming months. As the full package, this plan is suited to individuals who travel frequently, specifically through the USA, UK and European Union as it offers fixed rates of XXX

2. Data-only bundles

eSIM.net offers a competitive data-only eSIM bundle for the United States for $12.99, which contains 1GB of high-speed data valid for 7 days.

Other frequently asked questions

If you still have questions about eSIM technology and how you can use an eSIM in your phone or tablet, feel free to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Additionally, you can email the team at info@esim.net

See if your device is eSIM-enabled by checking our full list of eSIM-enabled devices.