What is an eSIM and how does it work?

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In today’s fast-paced world, staying connected on the go is a must. This is especially true when you’re travelling. An eSIM allows you to enjoy seamless internet access while keeping in touch with loved ones. It also relieves you of the worry of exorbitant phone bills. This article outlines the essentials of eSIM technology, making your life easier both at home and abroad.

What is an eSIM?

An eSIM, short for ‘embedded SIM’, is a digital SIM card built into your device. Unlike traditional physical SIM cards, eSIMs don’t need to be inserted or replaced when switching carriers. They’re stored electronically on your device and can be activated or deactivated remotely.

Did you know? Our eSIM data bundles can be up to 95% cheaper compared to your home network’s roaming charges?

How does an eSIM work?

Switching carriers or plans with an eSIM is simple—no physical card swapping. An easySim eSIM activates with a data bundle purchase, letting you connect in your chosen destination, saving you from costly roaming fees. For everything you need to know about installing and managing your eSIM, go to our FAQs page.

How to use an eSIM for travel

One of the most significant advantages of eSIMs is their usefulness for travellers. Before embarking on your journey, buy a travel-specific plan for your destination. No more hunting for physical SIM cards or dealing with expensive roaming fees. eSIMs make staying connected while traveling a breeze.

What about calls and texts when I’m abroad?

Your easySim eSIM is data-only, which means you can use your favourite internet-based apps and services – like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp – to make calls and send messages.

With an eSIM, you’ll keep your regular SIM card in your phone, enabling you to send and receive calls and SMS text messages via your usual network operator SIM (your home network provider may charge for roaming calls and SMS if outside of your tariff’s area).

What phones are compatible with an eSIM?

Most modern smartphones are compatible with eSIM technology. To check if your phone supports eSIM, go to your device’s specifications. You can also check if your phone is eSIM compatible here.

What are the benefits of an eSIM?

Now, let’s explore the advantages of using an eSIM:

  • Convenient. Switching carriers or adding new plans is as easy as a few taps on your device, no physical cards required.
  • Travel friendly. We partner with global Tier 1 networks for hassle-free international roaming.
  • Cost efficient. Our eSIMs and local plans can be up to 95% cheaper than purchasing a temporary SIM card. Our local plans also represent a massive saving when compared to roaming fees.
  • Space-saving. No need to carry more than one SIM card; your device can store several eSIM profiles.
  • Security. If your phone gets lost or stolen, we can disable and suspend your eSIM remotely to safeguard your personal data.
  • Better for the environment. eSIMs reduce plastic waste, as they remove the need for physical SIM cards.

Remember: If your phone gets lost or stolen, we can remotely disable and suspend your eSIM, helping you to protect your data’?

Where can I buy an eSIM?

You can buy an eSIM here. Just type in your destination in the search box, and choose your data bundle.

To summarise, eSIMs are a game-changer in the world of mobile connectivity. They offer unmatched convenience, especially for travellers. They are also compatible with a wide range of modern smartphones. Switching carriers, managing more than one phone number, or exploring a new way to stay connected? eSIMs are the answer. Get ready to discover the world of seamless, digital connectivity.

Got a question we haven’t answered? Check out our FAQs page.

Stay connected abroad without the hefty bills

Travelling, whether for leisure or business, should be all about ease and convenience. But if you’re using your regular SIM card overseas, expect exorbitant data charges. And who wants to deal with a massive phone bill after a fantastic trip?

For a practical way to not get roaming charges when overseas, an eSIM is the solution you’ve been looking for. Say goodbye to post-travel phone bill woes and hello to affordable connectivity. Make your travel experience smoother, smarter, and stress-free with our prepaid eSIMs.