Announced at the Mobile World Congress four years ago, eSIM progresses little by little but without pause. Counting on the different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S20, there are already more than 20 mobiles that integrate it. In addition to the aforementioned Samsung and its folding Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Fold, this list includes all the iPhones from the XS and XR, Google Pixel since its second edition and the renewed Motorola RARZ. We can not forget either the smartwatches, which are the main beneficiaries of the arrival of the eSIM, since rare, very rare, was the clock that could house a SIM and have mobile connectivity.
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Therefore, the advantage in smartwatches is obvious, being able to count connection for calls and data without being linked to a mobile. So, What is the mobile benefit of the presence of the eSIM? Beyond the fact that when you change operators you will no longer need to receive a physical SIM or the inability to miss it, the first benefit is that the eSIM She is never alone in a smartphone, she always lives with the space for a traditional SIM. And the fact that for the moment, and until all the operators adopt it, it always goes hand in hand with a physical SIM provides a clear advantage: having a “gap” for two SIMs.
What is it for?
Why do we want to have two SIM cards? The most obvious and usual answer is to be able to carry the personal and a work phone number on a single mobile. It may seem silly and involves its risks, always carry the professional number on top, but those who carry two phones because they have no other will thank you. And beware, that dualSIM mobiles have existed for years, but now it is possible for example to carry two SIMs on an iPhone, a fairly common device in the workplace.
The iPhone Xr and iPhone Xs Max were Apple’s first to have eSIM. (Carmen Castellon)
Another of the great advantages offered by the eSIM is that it also allows us to use an operator with a coverage in it and in the physical SIM another operator with a different coverage. This makes it easier for most nomads not to run out of coverage when they cross or are in an area without coverage in their usual operator. There are not so many, for now, the operators compatible with the Virtual SIM, but enough to be able to make all possible combinations of coverage.
In addition to the four main operators, the eSIM It is present in Pepephone and O2, second brands of Grupo MasMovil and Movistar. That allows, for example, that it is very cheap to have Yoigo, Orange (being the backup coverage of Pepephone and Yoigo) and Movistar, hiring a Pepephone rate, from € 6.90 per month with 4 GB, and O2, with rates starting at 10 euros with 5 GB. To have Vodafone coverage, the cheapest rate is the Mini, with 4 GB for 19.99 euros per month.
The eSIM is free, the multiSIM is no longerOperatorMonthly costNumber of eSIMsMovistar € 8 month 4 Vodafone € 2.95 per eSIM or free at high rates 4 OrangeGratis (an additional eSIM in One Total and One Super) or € 6.05 / month for eSIM € 525 / month3
Entering already in the field of the prices and the offer of the operators, the eSIM in itself does not have a cost, whenever it uses like only SIM associated to the tariff. The registration or change of physical SIM to eSIM can have a cost. But what also facilitates virtual SIM is to be able to use the same rate on different devices without having several physical SIMs. This possibility is offered by Movistar, Orange, Vodafone and O2, each with its prices and number of simultaneous devices:
Goodbye to roaming with local eSIM
So far we have seen how in everyday situations you can get the most out of the eSIM, either having several coverages, gathering personal and professional numbers on a mobile phone or sharing a rate between different devices. But the advantages can be even greater when we travel abroad.
It is true that in the European Union there are no borders and we can use our rates wherever we travel, but it can be interesting to get a local SIM if we are going to make intensive use. Even more interesting is to get an eSIM if we travel outside the borders of the old continent. For example, in the United States you can do with an unlimited data rate of AT&T for $ 65 per month, associated with an eSIM. There are also global operators that can be hired from the settings of the phones themselves with eSIM, such as Truphone and GigSky, although you can avoid them, because they are more expensive than local operators.
Remember anyway that even though there are more than 20 mobile phones compatible with the eSIM, in addition to smartwatches and other devices that have mobile connectivity thanks to it, the operator with whom you want to use the eSIM has to have the mobile among the list of compatible. Therefore, if you have an interest in the advantages of eSIM and you are going to change operators, check their list of compatible devices first.