What is an eSIM? | hiss out

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An eSIM is built into your phone and allows you to connect to your mobile network without inserting a physical SIM card.

In this guide we explain the differences between an eSIM and a normal SIM card, as well as the advantages and disadvantages. For those who want to give eSIM a try, we also provide a list of Canadian smartphones and carriers that support the newly popular technology.

Read below to learn more.

What is an eSIM?

An eSIM is a type of SIM that is built into your phone, rather than a separate physical SIM card that you insert into your phone. SIM is short for “subscriber identity module,” and the “e” in eSIM stands for “embedded.” A SIM is what identifies your cell phone so it can connect to your carrier’s network and use your phone plan and phone number.

What is the difference between an eSIM and a normal SIM card?

There are two main types of SIMs: regular physical SIM cards, which are inserted into your smartphone’s SIM tray, and eSIMs, which come built into your smartphone.

Physical SIM cards they are small and mostly plastic. You insert them into the SIM tray of your smartphone or other cellular-enabled devices, such as tablets. Physical SIM cards come in three different sizes: standard SIM, micro SIM, and nano SIM. You need to make sure that the size of a SIM card is compatible with your mobile phone before you can use it.

Some smartphones support a single SIM card, while dual SIM smartphones allow you to use two SIM cards or one eSIM and one SIM card. Dual SIM is useful for those who travel outside of Canada regularly and need a foreign phone plan, and for those who need separate phone numbers for business and personal life.

A is SIM it’s built into your smartphone and you just need to activate it with your mobile network to use it. Other types of cellular-enabled devices also use eSIMs, including smart watches, laptops, and tablets.

Advantages and disadvantages of using eSIM

So what are the advantages and disadvantages of using eSIM? Is eSIM better than SIM? We break down the comparison below.

  • eSIMS are conveniently located inside your mobile phone, so you can’t lose them.
  • You don’t have to order and wait for a physical SIM card from your carrier.
  • eSIM activation is as fast or faster than setting up a traditional SIM card.
  • Some newer smartphones can support up to eight eSIMs, with up to two active at a time.
  • Not all smartphones come with eSIM yet as it is a newer technology.
  • To use eSIM from multiple carriers on a smartphone, your device must be unlocked.

Smartphones with eSIM

Now that eSIM has had a chance to catch up, most of the newer smartphones come with eSIM and support dual SIM as well. If your phone is dual SIM, that means you can switch between your different eSIM plans and your physical SIM plans if your phone has a SIM tray.

you will not be able to have two SIM active simultaneously unless you have a newer Samsung Galaxy (Galaxy S22) or iPhone (iPhone 13 or iPhone 14). You will also not be able to use eSIM or physical SIMs from more than one mobile carrier unless your phone is unlocked.

Smartphones that support eSIM and dual SIM:
  • Apple iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone SE (3rd generation), iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro , iPhone 12 Max, iPhone SE (3rd generation), iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+, Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21+, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G Ultra

  • Google Pixel 7, Google Pixel 7 Pro, Google Pixel 6, Google Pixel 6a, Google Pixel 6 Pro, Google Pixel 5, Google Pixel 5a, Google Pixel 4, Google Pixel 4a, Google Pixel 4a 5G, Google Pixel 4 XL

Canadian mobile operators that allow eSIM

All three of the big mobile carriers in Canada (Bell, Rogers, and Telus) allow you to use eSIM, and several smaller carriers now support eSIM as well.

Canadian carriers with eSIM support for smartphones:

  • Bell
  • fido
  • freedom mobile
  • Koodo
  • lucky mobile
  • rogers
  • Shaw
  • Tellus
  • virgin plus

Canadian carriers with eSIM support for smartwatches:

  • Bell
  • Freedom
  • rogers
  • Sasktel
  • Tellus
  • virgin plus

How to activate an eSIM

Once you have a phone and a mobile operator that supports eSIM, you can activate an eSIM for your mobile plan.

There are different ways to activate an eSIM and each Canadian carrier has different rules. In most cases, it is possible to activate an eSIM in your phone’s settings or through the provider’s app using a QR code or activation number. In other cases, you may need to call or visit your carrier’s store to activate your eSIM.

Visit the links below to find out how to activate eSIM with Canadian carriers:

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