Apple’s step to remove the SIM tray in US models of her new iPhone 14 It might be a step bigger than its decision to ditch the old headphone port with the iPhone 7. The obvious questions: What does an eSIM offer and how do you save the hardware?
Apple’s journey to eSIM
Apple first introduced electronic Subscriber Identity Module (eSIM) support in the iPhone XS, but it was optional—the phone also has a SIM tray for use with physical SIM cards. But Apple’s newly launched iPhone 14 range does not have a SIM tray in the US, which means carriers must supply the device exclusively with an eSIM. (New iPhones arrive Friday.)
The company will likely try to speed up eSIM adoption with this move even though Apple smartphones sold outside the US will continue to host SIM trays.
What is an eSIM?
An eSIM is an integrated, programmable identity module that sits inside the iPhone itself. It’s similar to a wired SIM, but it must be provided by networks, who must also upgrade their own systems to accommodate its use.
Just like a physical SIM, an eSIM carries a 17-digit code that shows your country of origin, carrier, and a unique user ID.
Apple’s decision to switch to an eSIM is a good thing if your carrier supports the technology, but the decision to make it mandatory could prove difficult for the small number of US customers that carriers don’t support. I apparently received several letters from readers in the US on smaller carriers complaining about Apple’s decision when it was announced. Hopefully the ball bearers will play the ball.
Pros and cons of using an eSIM
Apple’s transition to an eSIM will likely have little impact on most people’s experience. but there are the pros and cons of using it.
One pro is that you no longer need to use a physical SIM, which means moving between phones might get a little easier when your carrier supports eSIM. It’s also likely to have a positive effect in terms of ensuring the iPhones remain waterproof, as removing the tray also means removing the opening in the case.
Another advantage: you can have multiple fonts installed. Apple says you can store at least eight different eSIMs on the device and have any two active at any given time. when you have Multiple eSIMs installed, the two “active” numbers can make and receive voice calls and FaceTime calls, and send and receive messages using iMessage, SMS, and MMS. Your iPhone will still only use one mobile data network at a time.
One drawback is that using an eSIM makes it more difficult for international travelers to get a Pay As You Go (PAYG) SIM card to use with their device once they reach their destination. Due to the exorbitant roaming fees, this can be a major downside for frequent flyers, especially those who travel to countries where eSIMs are not available, despite service providers such as GigSky It may be able to help some travelers fill that gap.
Another potential downside could emerge if carriers then decide to start charging exorbitant fees to users trying to provide an eSIM, or use technology to make migrating devices between networks more difficult.
[Also read: 14+ reasons enterprises should upgrade to iOS 16]
How to set up iPhone eSIM
There are several ways to set up an eSIM on iPhone. This includes eSIM Carrier Activation, eSIM Quick Transfer, and other activation methods. here List of carriers and how they support the eSIM.
How to use Activate eSIM Network Provider
This means that your network provider assigns an eSIM to your iPhone upon purchase. If your iPhone was assigned an eSIM when you purchased it, turn on your iPhone and follow the instructions to activate your eSIM.
If you are moving to a new device, the line is often provided via a QR code that must be scanned by your device. It may also be provided within the network provider’s iPhone app. Alternatively, you may receive a notification that the provider’s mobile data plan is ready to install, which you must agree to.
How to use eSIM Quick Transfer to convert a physical SIM card
If your carrier supports eSIM Quick Transfer, you can convert your physical SIM to an eSIM when setting up your iPhone (you don’t need to contact your network provider). To do this, open Settings > Cellular And tap the Convert to eSIM button, if available. This button is not available, you will You need to contact your carrier. If the button is present, tap Convert Cellular Plan, then choose Convert to eSIM. Once the eSIM is activated, your SIM will be deactivated, at which point you must remove the physical SIM and restart your iPhone. You will see an option that enables you to transfer your eSIM to another device once the process is complete.
How to use eSIM Quick Transfer to transfer your line
First, make sure that both your old and new iPhones are running iOS 16. Then open Settings > Mobile data > Add a data plan. You should see one or more of your mobile data plans for “Transfer from another device,” or tap Transfer from another device. You will be given instructions on your older device that you must follow to transfer the line, and you may be asked for a verification code, then wait for the transfer to take place. You may receive a message asking you to finish setting up your network provider data plan. Follow this to be redirected to your network provider’s webpage to transfer the eSIM to your new device.
It is important to note that not every network operator supports all the different methods of transmitting your line.
You may need to enter the details manually
Your carrier may choose to provide you with the details that you must enter into your device manually in order to activate the eSIM. You’ll enter it in Settings > Cellular Data or Mobile Data > Add Mobile Data Plan, then select Enter details manually.
Prepare your device for sale
You may need to erase your eSIM, especially if you choose to assign it to another device or you are preparing to trade or sell on your current iPhone. It’s easy to achieve, just open Settings > Cellular or Mobile data where you have to select the plan you want to get rid of and then choose Delete SIM.
How is that for you?
I’m particularly interested to know if the process is somewhat complex for large device deployments and the process (if any) of remote provisioning for an eSIM for IT admins. Message me if you have insight into this.
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