Everything You Wanted To Know About eSIMs: Supported Devices And Wireless Carriers

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Wireless carriers around the world are offering are eSIM services, a new technology that brings convenience to mobile phone subscribers. eSIM stands for ’embedded sim’. It is a different kind of SIM card built into mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart watches. An eSIM is basically a small chip inside your phone . It allows you to activate a mobile or cellular plan from your carrier or network without having to use a physical SIM card.

One of the key benefits of an eSIM is that it makes dual SIM functionality possible for devices without the need for two SIM cards. eSIM devices tend to have one regular SIM card slot (usually a nano SIM), and then an eSIM that is built in the device from factory. The eSIM serves as the second SIM card.

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An eSIM is a chip built into the device

Benefits of eSIM

  • e-SIMs allow you have more than one phone number associated to your smart device. They particularly useful for people who want to manage personal and business lines.
  • The possibility of losing or damaging your SIM is reduced because it is built into your device.
  • You no longer have to deal with cutting SIM cards or finding adapters.
  • It is extremely convenient for frequent travelers, making it easier to switch between network operators.

eSIM Supported Smartphones And Devices

Being a new technology, there are not a lot of eSIM phones in production yet. Apple, Samsung, and Google are leading the way though. As of July 2020, eSIM supported smartphones and tablets include devices like: Google Pixel 3, 3 XL, 4, 4 XL; Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS, XS Max, XR, SE (2020); Samsung Galaxy Fold, S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, Note 20.

Other smartphone brands offering eSIM include: Huawei, Lenovo, and Motorola. Other smartphone manufacturers will rollout eSIM devices out soon as well.

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Rain South Africa eSIM

In South Africa, as far back as early 2019, Rain had announced testing eSIM services on its network with devices like Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max. Vodacom and MTN were to later also introduce eSIM services in the country

T-Mobile Netherlands eSIM

T-Mobile Netherlands began providing eSIMs in late 2019. Supported devices include:

  • Apple iPhone XR,
  • Apple iPhone XS
  • Apple iPhone XS Max.

The network also began experimenting with eSIM service on Apple Watch Cellular. Other Dutch mobile networks offering eSIM services include: Truphone, Ubigi, and Vodafone.

MTN Nigeria eSIM

In July 2020, MTN Nigeria announced the launch of its eSIM services. Supported devices on the network include:

  • Google Pixel 3,
  • Google 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 4,
  • Google 4 XL
  • Apple iPhone 11,
  • Apple 11 Pro,
  • Apple 11 Pro Max
  • Apple iPhone XS,
  • Apple XS Max
  • Apple iPhone XR
  • Samsung Samsung S20
  • Samsung Samsung S20 Ultra

eSIMs are available to both prepaid and postpaid lines on the MTN network. At this time, MTN is the only mobile network in Nigeria that offers eSIM services.

Vodafone India eSIM

In India, Vodafone has joined Airtel and reliance Jio in offering eSIM services. Supported devices include:

  • Apple iPhone SE (2020)
  • Apple iPhone 11
  • Apple iPhone 11 Pro
  • Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Apple iPhone XS
  • Apple iPhone XS Max
  • Apple iPhone XR

 

Full List Of Wireless Carriers Providing eSIM Services In Different Countries

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If you do a lot of traveling and own an eSIM devices, knowing which networks in what countries offer eSIM services can help you plan your trips better. Here is a list of countries around the world and carriers in those countries offering eSIM services.

Argentina

  • Personal

Armenia

  • Ucom

Australia

  • Optus
  • Telstra
  • Truphone
  • Vodafone

Austria

  • Drei
  • T-Mobile

Bahrain

  • Batelco
  • Viva
  • Zain

Belarus

  • A1

Belgium

  • Ubigi

Brazil

  • Claro

Cambodia

  • Smart Axiata

Canada

  • Bell
  • Fido
  • Freedom
  • Koodo
  • Lucky Mobile
  • Rogers
  • Telus
  • Virgin

Chile

  • Movistar

Colombia

  • Movistar

Croatia

  • Hrvatski Telekom

Czech Republic

  • T-Mobile
  • Vodafone

Denmark

  • 3

Ecuador

  • Movistar

Estonia

  • Telia

Finland

  • Telia

France

  • Orange
  • SFR
  • Ubigi

Germany

  • O2
  • Telekom
  • Truphone
  • Vodafone

Greece

  • Cosmote

Guam

  • iConnect
  • IT&E

Hong Kong

  • 1O1O
  • 3
  • csl
  • China Mobile Hong Kong
  • SmarTone
  • Truphone

Hungary

  • Magyar Telekom

India

  • Airtel
  • Reliance Jio
  • Vodafone

Italy

  • TIM

Jordan

  • Orange
  • Umniah
  • Zain

Kazakhstan

  • Kcell

Kuwait

  • Ooredoo
  • Viva
  • Zain

Latvia

  • LMT

Lebanon

  • Alfa

Luxembourg

  • MTX Connect
  • POST
  • Ubigi

Malaysia

  • Celcom
  • Digi
  • Maxis
  • U Mobile

Mexico

  • AT&T

Netherlands

  • T-Mobile
  • Truphone
  • Ubigi
  • Vodafone

New Zealand

  • Spark

Nigeria

  • MTN

Norway

  • Telenor
  • Telia

Oman

  • Omantel
  • Ooredoo

Philippines

  • Globe

Poland

  • Orange
  • Truphone

Portugal

  • MEO
  • NOS

Qatar

  • Ooredoo
  • Vodafone

Romania

  • Orange

Saudi Arabia

  • Mobily
  • STC
  • Zain

Singapore

  • M1

Slovakia

  • Orange

South Africa

  • Rain
  • MTN
  • Vodacom

Spain

  • Movistar
  • Orange
  • Pepephone
  • Truphone
  • Vodafone
  • Yoigo

Sri Lanka

  • Dialog

Sweden

  • 3
  • Tele2
  • Telenor
  • Telia

Switzerland

  • Salt
  • Sunrise
  • Swisscom
  • Ubigi

Taiwan

  • APT
  • Chunghwa Telecom
  • FarEasTone
  • Taiwan Mobile

Thailand

  • AIS
  • dtac
  • TrueMove H

United Arab Emirates

  • du
  • Etisalat
  • Virgin Mobile

United Kingdom

  • EE
  • O2
  • Truphone
  • Ubigi

United States

  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile USA
  • Truphone
  • Ubigi
  • Verizon Wireless

Vietnam

  • Viettel

This list is regularly updated to keep it up-to-date as much as possible. If you know a wireless carrier that offers eSIM services but isn’t listed above, please use the comment section below to submit the details.

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