Launch of the eSIM and Why You Need One
Tuesday, 24th March 2020
Mobile phone technology has come on leaps and bounds over the last 30 years. Ask anyone in the world if they could live without their mobile and you’ll likely get a very honest answer of ‘no’ or a very uncertain answer of ‘yes.’
The humble SIM (or subscriber identity model) card makes mobile connectivity, and all the wondrous apps that we use every single day, possible.
However, after close to 30 years, the end of the SIM card is on the horizon. Newer iPhone’s like Apple’s latest iPhone 11 models and the Google Pixel line are eSIM enabled. And given the benefits of eSIMs, it’s likely that other manufacturers will follow suit to
eSIMs in a nutshell
The latest technology for mobile devices, the eSIM is an embedded SIM chip that cannot be removed from a mobile device. Users can switch between mobile networks without needing to replace their SIM card.
In the UK, currently EE and O2 support eSIM. Vodafone also supports eSIM, but only for the Apple Watch Series 3, 4 and 5. However, just watch and see, as the year unfolds we expect more and more manufacturers to release devices that are eSIM-ready.
Why you need an eSIM
eSIMs are the wave of the future. There will come a time, not too long from now, when SIM cards will be obsolete. Think of it this way, if you’re coming to the end of your mobile contract and upgrading to a new device, you’re better off getting a phone with the tech to support superior connectivity in the future, right?
What about switching networks?
Having an eSIM makes it much easier for you to switch networks. Why? An eSIM lets you store more than one network and switching between them is simple and easy. This can be especially useful if you find yourself without network coverage or in an area that your network doesn’t cover.
Better still, all the information stored can be overwritten and changing providers is stress-free, straightforward and can be done over the phone!
More than one eSIM line
Unlike traditional SIM cards with only one registered line that cannot be recovered once deactivated, eSIM gives you the ability to have multiple active phone numbers or data plans.
The only condition to this is that you can only use one eSIM-based line at a time, in addition to the active phone line that you already have. Still, more than one line can be very helpful to consumers. Why? Because they have the option of having one line for business calls and one line for personal calls.
Is it secure?
The newest mobile phones are some of the most stolen products in the UK. Anyone who has ever been a victim of mobile phone theft knows how it feels.
When thieves steal a mobile phone, the first thing they’ll do is remove the SIM to prevent incoming phone calls and GPS tracking. Having a phone line stored within a phone’s eSIM means that thieves will have to work a lot harder than just removing the SIM card to conceal their crime.
The launch of eSIM across all devices and manufacturers is, arguably, one of the most significant changes to mobile technology in the last 30 years.
The ability to switch networks with total ease... more than one phone line... and a more secure device that safeguards you should your mobile be stolen... there are three great reasons why you need an eSIM, and many many more.