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Buy eSIM: The Future Of SIM Cards

New research from Strategy Analytics EDT (Techs) service forecasts global eSIM smartphone sales to grow a robust +40% next year in 2021. Find out more about eSIMs and buy your eSIM now.

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Led by Samsung and Apple iPhone, eSIM is one of the fastest-growing parts of the 4G / 5G handset world today. However, there remain pockets of resistance to eSIM tech in parts of Asia and elsewhere.

Propelled by North America initially and by India in later years, eSIM-enabled smartphones will reduce friction for smartphone customers looking to enable their devices. esim future

An eSIM (“Embedded Subscriber Identification Module”) is a programmable SIM card that is embedded inside a device and can be connected to any mobile network. Thought of as a virtual SIM card, it is a technology that has been quietly progressing, yet is nothing new. In fact, Apple has been backing this technology since 2014, first included in the iPad Air 2.

However, it took until September 2018 for Apple to turn on support for eSIM technology. This, in turn, caused eSIM mobile network operator support to skyrocket globally. iOS 12.1 kick-started a rapid adoption process, from only 15 operators worldwide in November 2019 to over 100 in January 2020.

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This expansion in eSIM support by mobile network operators aligns with a study by ABI Research. They predicted over 225 million eSIM-enabled handsets will be delivered by the end of 2020. It is not Apple alone, however, that is championing eSIM in its handsets. ABI Research attributes this propulsion largely to Samsung, who launched their S20 range of devices.  Many other OEMs have also launched eSIM-enabled devices. Google’s Pixel range has supported eSIM since 2018, while Motorola’s Razr was released as eSIM-only – the first handset of its kind to do so.

 

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Interestingly, Huawei has yet to release true eSIM functionality in their smartphones. Similarly to Xiaomi, they have instead been offering a proprietary virtual SIM for several years. This is surprising considering GSMA survey results ranked eSIM-capability as highly as 5G; a focus for many OEMs.

Despite the growing number of eSIM-enabled handsets on the market, of the 2 billion mobile connections facilitated by the 108 mobile operators supporting eSIM, connectivity through eSIM is negligible.

 

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GSMA’s survey announced that 31% of European operators are waiting until 2022 or 2023 to launch eSIM services for smartphones.

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In data supplied by CounterPoint Research on global smartphone market share, Apple, Samsung and Huawei collectively captured 50% of the smartphone market in Q4 2019. At the time of publishing, only one of the three giants – Apple – offered eSIM-enabled handsets. This significantly reduced the opportunity for consumers to engage with eSIM technology. In February 2020, Samsung launched its flagship S20 series. This has helped push eSIM to the forefront and will allow their users to finally get to a grip on eSIM. As more consumers gain access to eSIM, we expect to see the adoption rate rise.

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While 108 mobile network operators support eSIM around the world, this is only a fraction of the total number: 816. Lack of expertise and costly investment are just two of the reasons operators are reluctant to embrace eSIM services. This has resulted in limited support for potential eSIM consumers. This, combined with ingrained consumer buying behaviors (customers looking to their traditional network operator for service plans), results in fewer consumers being exposed to eSIM.

As a solution to this problem, a number of online eSIM stores have begun to offer global roaming eSIM plans. This allows consumers to make use of their virtual SIM cards anywhere around the world. As awareness of these options increases, eSIM adoption will grow.

Here are some indicative prepaid eSIM card prices:

AIRALO

Europe (39 countries)

1 GB - 7 days - €4.53

3 GB - 30 days - €12.00

10 GB - 30 days - €33.40airalo
UBIGI

Europe (29 countries)

500 MB - 1 day - €2.00

3 GB - 30 days - €8.00

10 GB - 30 days - €19.00

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Nomad

Europe (36 countries)

1 GB - 7 days - €6.50

3 GB - 15 days - €11.00

10 GB - 30 days - €20.50



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InstaBridge 

Europe (42 countries) 

1 GB - 7 days - €3.73
 
3 GB - 15 days - €8.45

10 GB - 30 days- €17.40 instabridge logo
GigSky 

Europe (43 countries) 

1 GB - 7 days - €4.70 

5 GB - 30 days - €18.70

10 GB -30 days- €35.40gigsky
eSIM Europe 

Europe (42 countries)

5 GB - 10 days - €11.20

10 GB - 30 days - €22.50

20 GB - 30 days - €33.55 EUsim logo
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eSIM Supported Phones list 

Apple

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 12 Mini
  • iPhone SE (2020), SE (2022)
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS, XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11‑inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11‑inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)

Sony

  • Sony Xperia 1 IV
  • Sony Xperia 5 IV
  • Sony Xperia 10 III Lite
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G, Ultra 5G, S22+

Samsung Galaxy S23
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE 5g
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Ultra 5G
Samsung Note 20+
Samsung Fold LTE model
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Samsung Galaxy S20, s20+ and S20 Ultra(Single SIM Nano-SIM and/or eSIM models )

Google

  • Google Pixel 7, 7 Pro
  • Google Pixel 6a
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro 
  • Google Pixel 6 
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 3 & 3XL ( Limited support )
  • Google Pixel 2

Microsoft

  • Microsoft Surface Duo
  • Windows 10 PCs

Huawei

  • Huawei P40 and P40 Pro **
  • Huawei Mate 40

Oppo

  • Oppo Find X3
  • Oppo Find X3 Pro
  • Oppo Find X5
  • Oppo Find X5 Pro

Computers with eSIM

It is not only mobiles that have evolved and incorporated new technologies. PC computers have also joined in and already have a SIM or eSIM card for data. Here is a list of PCs that support eSIM:

Microsoft Surface Pro X
Microsoft Surface Go 2
Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Advanced
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 7
Asus Mini Transformer

Asus NovaGo
Asus VivoBook Flip 14
HP Elitebook G5
HP Probook G5
HP Zbook G5
HP Specter Folio 13

Lenovo Yoga C630
Lenovo Miix 630
Lenovo Yoga 520
Lenovo Flex 5G
Samsung Galaxy Book 2

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