From SIM to eSIM: The Next Step in Digital Evolution

With the digital revolution still ongoing globally, the next touchable to be made obsolete is sim cards. The introduction of eSim lately has received a lot of attention, especially from people who are intermittently on road or onboard. Just as the history of digitalization depicts, eSim has also made things a lot easier for smartphone users, removing many hurdles faced by people while procuring a sim card, registering it and putting it into a phone.

eSim is the next panacea for travelers. Now they do not have to worry about buying a new sim card when traveling to a foreign country, nor they have to ask foreigners about the best economical data package for a week. All could be achieved now with a few taps on your smartphone.

What Is an eSim?

An eSim is a digital sim card already built into your smartphone. It functions just like softwares do on a phone. You can receive and register your eSim by using your phone. You can procure more than one eSim at a time, and even two eSims can work simultaneously.

Why Prefer It to the Physical?

eSims have many advantages. If you are traveling from your home country to a foreign, you will not need to look for a new sim card to connect to loved ones or use the internet in the foreign country. Because with eSims your number remains the same even in a foreign country, you can just switch eSims to use the one better suited to the territory, without going through the process of buying a new sim card there and replacing the old one.

Being digital also gives access to things beforehand. You can easily choose economical data packages before you leave your own country, and you can keep repeating the process if you are on a new tour.

Also, switching sims physically is sometimes so irritating. Who does not want to get rid of it once and for all?

The infographic above by CPR shows eSims are the future. You might not even have the choice of picking the physical over the digital in the near future. Apple has already taken the step by removing the sim slot from iPhone 14. Some Samsung Galaxy versions and Google Pixel versions also support eSims. Inadvertently, the rest of the smartphone companies will follow suit.

What Companies Are Providing eSims?

Currently, many providers are functioning online, like Nomad, Holafly, Easysim, Airhub and Airalo, with each having its data rates based on country and region. Holafly provides unlimited data for a month for $75 across 30 European countries, but Airalo provides only 10 GB data for $37 for the same time period across the same region. So you must choose the provider giving the most economical rates in the region you are traveling to.

What Devices Support eSims?

eSIM-Ready Devices: Who Leads the Market?

Not all devices support eSims. Because it is a new phenomenon, eSims will take some time to replace the physical sims altogether. Presently, recent models of Apple iPhone, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy only support the new technology. Check out the full list, courtesy of Holafly:

ManufacturerModelMaximum number of eSIMs
AppleiPhone XR20
AppleiPhone XS20
AppleiPhone XS Max20
AppleiPhone 1120
AppleiPhone 11 Pro20
AppleiPhone 11 Pro Max20
AppleiPhone SE (2020)20
AppleiPhone 12 Mini20
AppleiPhone 1220
AppleiPhone 12 Pro20
AppleiPhone 12 Pro Max20
AppleiPhone 13 mini20
AppleiPhone 1320
AppleiPhone 13 Pro20
AppleiPhone 13 Pro Max20
AppleiPhone SE (2022)20
AppleiPhone 1420
AppleiPhone 14 Plus20
AppleiPhone 14 Pro20
AppleiPhone 14 Pro Max20
AppleiPhone 1520
AppleiPhone 15 Plus20
AppleiPhone 15 Pro20
AppleiPhone 15 Pro Max20
AppleiPad Pro (2018 and onwards)20
AppleiPad Air20
AppleWatch series 31
AppleWatch series 41
AppleWatch series 51
AppleWatch series 61
AppleWatch SE1
GooglePixel 31
GooglePixel 3a1
GooglePixel 41
GooglePixel 4a1
GooglePixel 51
GooglePixel 61
GooglePixel 6a1
GooglePixel 6 Pro1
GooglePixel 7a1
GooglePixel 71
GooglePixel 7 Pro1
GooglePixel 81
GooglePixel 8 Pro1
GooglePixel Fold1
HuaweiP40 Pro (Excludes the P40 Pro+)1
HuaweiMate 40 Pro1
HuaweiPura 70 Pro1
MotorolaRazr 20191
MotorolaRazr 5G1
MotorolaRazr 401
MotorolaRazr 40 Ultra1
MotorolaEdge 401
MotorolaEdge 40 Pro1
MotorolaEdge 40 Neo1
MotorolaEdge 50 Pro1
MotorolaEdge 50 Ultra1
MotorolaEdge 50 Fusion1
MotorolaMoto G Power 5G (2024)1
MotorolaG52J 5G1
MotorolaG52J 5G Ⅱ1
MotorolaG53J 5G1
MotorolaMoto G54 5G1
SamsungGalaxy Z Flip1
SamsungGalaxy Z Flip 5G1
SamsungGalaxy Z Flip3 5G1
SamsungGalaxy Z Flip41
SamsungGalaxy Z Flip5 5G5
SamsungGalaxy Fold1
SamsungGalaxy Z Fold2 5G1
SamsungGalaxy Z Fold3 5G1
SamsungGalaxy Z Fold41
SamsungGalaxy Z Fold5 5G5
SamsungGalaxy S205
SamsungGalaxy S20+ 5g5
SamsungGalaxy S20 Ultra5
SamsungGalaxy S20 Ultra 5G5
SamsungGalaxy S215
SamsungGalaxy S21+ 5G5
SamsungGalaxy S21 Ultra 5G5
SamsungGalaxy S225
SamsungGalaxy S22+5
SamsungGalaxy S22 Ultra5
SamsungGalaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G5
SamsungGalaxy Note 205
SamsungGalaxy S235
SamsungGalaxy S23+5
SamsungGalaxy S23 Ultra5
SamsungGalaxy S23 FE1
SamsungGalaxy A541
SamsungGalaxy S242 active, +5 stored
SamsungGalaxy S24+2 active, +5 stored
SamsungGalaxy S24 Ultra2 active, +5 stored
Planet ComputersGemini PDA1
Rakuten MobileRakuten Mini1
Rakuten MobileBig-S1
Rakuten MobileBig1
Rakuten MobileHand1
Rakuten MobileHand 5G1
OppoFind N2 Flip1
OppoFind X3 Pro1
OppoReno 5 A1
OppoFind X51
OppoFind X5 Pro1
OppoA55s 5G1
OppoReno 6 Pro 5G1
SonyXperia 10 III Lite1
SonyXperia 10 IV1
SonyXperia 10V1
SonyXperia 1 IV1
SonyXperia 5 IV1
SonyXperia 1 V1
SonySony Xperia Ace III1
SonyXperia 5 V1
HonorMagic 4 Pro1
HonorMagic 5 Pro1
HonorMagic 6 Pro1
Honor50 (Some lack eSIM support)1
Xiaomi12T Pro1
Xiaomi13 Lite1
Xiaomi13 Pro1
Xiaomi13T Pro1
XiaomiBlack Shark 31
Xiaomi14 Pro1
XiaomiRedmi Note 13 Pro+1
SharpAquos Sense6s1
SharpAquos sense 71
SharpAquos sense 7plus1
SharpAquos sense 81
SharpAquos Wish1
SharpAquos wish 2 SHG081
SharpAquos wish31
SharpAquos Sense4 lite1
SharpAquos zero 61
SharpSimple Sumaho61
SharpAquos R71
SharpAquos R81
SharpAquos R8 Pro1
HAMMERBlade 31
NokiaG60 5G1
myPhoneNOW eSIM1
FairphoneFairphone 41
FairphoneFairphone 51
ZTENubia Flip1
TLC50 5G1

The following steps would help in setting up eSims

After buying eSims from an online provider, follow the steps to set up eSims in your smartphones.

Apple iPhone

1) Open iPhone settings

2) Click on ‘Cellular’

3) Select ‘Add Cellular Plan’

4) Scan the QR code provided by your carrier

5) Follow the following instructions.

You can also do it manually by entering the activation code provided to you after clicking on ‘Enter Details Manually’, instead of scanning the QR code.

Android (Samsung)

1) Open phone settings and click on ‘connections’

2) Select ‘Sim Card Manager’

3) Select ‘Add eSim’

Google Pixel

1) Open settings and select ‘Network & Internet’

2) Click on ‘eSim Cards’

3) Then you will have the option ‘Download a Sim instead?

The aforementioned steps relate to the versions supportive of this new technology, not all Androids or iPhones.

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