Yes, Apple’s new iPhones use eSIM technology, but it’s not supported in all of the countries where it sells iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the cheaper iPhone XR, but only 10 of them in the world support it. Here are the details on it.
Although the inclusion of eSIM support in the iPhone XS / XS Max and iPhone XR is a great way for people to able to take advantage of dual-SIM options without having to have two physical SIMs installed. And of course, it’s indeed a better idea to dominate the copycat designs of the iPhone which comes directly from China.
But again, that could make the switching of carriers even easier than before, and if nothing else it means that we won’t need to go looking for something to poke into the SIM tray every time we travel and need to switch card.
However, Apple finally introduced the dual-SIM option in its three new iPhones this time, which is not all great news though, because while eSIM support is on the rise, there are currently just ten carriers on the barrier that support it, globally.
Especially, for users outside China, however, the new iPhone devices will support eSIM. While there are many benefits to eSIM, though the nascent technology hasn’t been wide adoption yet. As of the time of writing the handful of carriers is still small with those countries that do have a carrier with support often only having the one, including countries like the UK and Spain.
The full list of countries offers eSIM support right now are Austria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Spain, the UK, and the US.
Sprint and smaller carriers in the United States don’t offer eSIM support as of yet, meaning that customers will need to switch over to T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T in order to enjoy that feature. That said, Sprint also says that it will support eSIM eventually but didn’t give a specific timeframe.
Those with keen eyes will have noticed that Apple’s two flagship iPhones now offer support for eSIMs will hopefully ensure that more carriers will also jump on board, pretty soon.
In China, Apple’s special, dual-SIM card trays will bypass the need for eSIM compatibility, which China has very little of anyway. Both major carriers, China Telecom, and China Mobile have introduced eSIM support in a couple of cities, excluding Beijing.
Instead, the three new iPhones will have two physical SIM cards, like many Android phones do in China already, the feature will be immediately available, whereas the rest of the entire planet, users will need to wait for Apple to send out its eSIM software update on iOS 12 final later this fall.
What exactly eSIM means? Electronic SIM cards eliminate the need to poke a pin through your SIM tray to swap out a physical tiny piece of plastic. eSIMs, which actually stands for embedded SIM cards, only need a compatible network or carrier to offer support. Both the XS and XS Max flagship iOS devices will have a physical nano-SIM card slot for the second SIM support.
According to iOS developer Stever Troughton Smith, who suggests this:
Putting eSIM in every iPhone is gonna put a lot of pressure on carriers around the world to support it, which will be great for Apple Watch and any future devices Apple wants to connect to a cellular network… perhaps an AR headset?
This move from Apple is likely going to create a lot of pressures on carriers around the world to support the eSIM tech. And this is one example of where it will hope to be able to do exactly that by Apple and its pride.
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