The humble SIM card has gone through quite an evolution over time. From the Mini-SIM which we thought was already tiny, technology went ahead and raised a quizzical eyebrow by going Micro and Nano on us. Clearly, it didn’t prepare us for the next-level tech that would dwell in our phones – eSIM.
If we have raised your quizzical eyebrow, here’s a crash course on eSIM. An eSIM is an embedded (that’s what the “e” in eSIM stands for) SIM card that is built directly into the smartphone, tablet or smartwatch itself, this gives you:
- The freedom to travel without buying a new SIM card once you land at your destination
- The flexibility to use two of your SIM identities simultaneously
- The convenience of no longer inserting SIM cards
- The ability to rewrite information on an eSIM (you can decide if you want to change operators)
HOW IT STARTED
The technology of eSIM began with developing a more space-saving solution for SIM cards, which led to the gradual reduction in SIM sizes. Then, the Global System for Mobile Association (GSMA), the association of mobile networks came up with the idea of a completely electronic SIM to stay on par with technologically evolving devices in 2016. It was the Apple Watch 3 and Google Pixel 2 that really put eSIM technology on the map.
WHAT DEVICES ARE eSIM-COMPATIBLE
We know that predominantly the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR are the front runners, thus Apple’s list comprises of 43 countries and 88 wireless carriers and we’re sure the list is growing.
Find your region or country here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209096
It is important to note that selected smartwatches do have eSIM capabilities as well. These include the Huawei Watch 2 Pro, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, Samsung Gear S2, Samsung Gear S3, and Samsung Galaxy Watch.
As for mobile phones (excluding the iPhone X series mentioned earlier), there’s the Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3A XL, Google Pixel 3A XL, and the NUU Mobile X5.
THE eSIM TAKEOVER
The future of eSIMs look bright so far, as more devices are getting equipped with this technology which simplifies connectivity amongst different devices and makes managing them a cinch. Furthermore, eSIM is backed by GSMA which has defined the standard for eSIM worldwide.
eSIMs seem to hold a potential upgrade in terms of customer experience, design, and connected device opportunities. Though it may take a while before the eSIM’s full potential can be unleashed, depending on wireless carriers but it’ll be wise to perk up those ears and take note of any eSIM related updates.
Get permanent access to 580 mobile networks in over 150 countries with Flexiroam’s eSIM activation at $5.00 (originally priced at $20.00). Already have an eSIM-enabled phone? Check out our Global Data Pass for that comes in a variety of data sizes. Jump on the eSIM bandwagon and we’re sure it will not disappoint.
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