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eSIM Explained

eSIM is the latest technology for mobile devices that will ultimately remove the need for physical SIM cards. ‘eSIM’ refers to an embedded SIM and takes the form of a chip that cannot be removed from a mobile device. This means that users can switch between mobile networks without needing to replace their SIM card.

Users can download “profiles” from different networks straight to a mobile device with the touch of a button. An eSIM performs the same function as a physical SIM card but removes the requirement to physically swap SIMs when switching between network providers.

What is an eSIM?

An eSIM is an embedded SIM inside your device. With eSIM, there’s no physical SIM card that you need to insert.

Which phones are eSIM enabled?

Currently the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone SE; Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20+, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3, Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Samsung Galaxy Note 20+, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra; Nuu Mobile X5; Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL, Google Pixel 4 & 4 XL, Google Pixel 5, Google Pixel 6; Motorola Razr 5G, Motorola Razr 2019; OPPO Find X3 Pro; Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei Mate P40 Pro, HAMMER Explorer PRO, HAMMER Blade 3, HAMMER Blade 5G, myPhone NOW eSIM, OPPO Find X3 Pro and Sony Xperia 10 III Lite are all eSIM enabled.

Also check out our full list of eSIM compatible handsets.

What is an eSIM profile?

An eSIM profile is a virtual profile that stores user’s subscription and network settings.

Why do I need an eSIM profile?

An eSIM profile is necessary in order to connect to your network operator to send and receive calls, texts and data.

Will my eSIM work if my phone is locked to a network?

If you are purchasing an eSIM from a network operator that is different to the network your phone is locked to, then you will need to unlock your phone before using the eSIM.

Can the eSIM be accidentally removed?

No, the eSIM cannot be accidentally removed.

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