Last year, we launched data-only eSIMs for the US and more than 140 other countries. Today, we’re super excited to announce that we’re rolling out eSIMs for our Super LTE network as part of another Beta launch.
What are eSIMs?
SIM cards have something called an IMSI profile that are basically keys used to authenticate your phone to a network and vice-versa. Physical SIMs can store only one IMSI profile, so if you ever want to connect to a different network, you’d need a new key, which means you’d need a new SIM. eSIMS on the other hand, are rewritable SIMs that can have their IMSI profile quickly changed. When you need a new IMSI profile for an eSIM you can just download it, and instantly install it with a few taps. It’s almost magical. You can learn more details about how eSIMs work over here.
What are the other benefits of eSIM?
eSIMs makes connecting to (and changing) networks a snap with just a few taps in our app This type of instant connectivity puts us one step closer towards our future as a Connectivity OS, where users can instantly connect all types of devices from phones to drones. It’s connectivity for modern life.
More Security and Control
At US Mobile, security is top priority. eSIMs make it physically impossible to remove a SIM from a phone, and unless the person knows the stolen device’s passcode they won’t be able to change the profile either. You can read about a few more benefits of eSIMs here.
Using eSIMs, you can enjoy the benefits of having two numbers on a single device, or having access to two of the best networks in the nation — one on Super LTE, and the other on GSM — which will allow you to virtually stay connected anywhere, anytime, with the best coverage possible.
We’re really looking forward to seeing how our users use eSIMs, and the uses that they come up with for it. Our hope is that it will enable our consumers to come up with great ideas, help one-person teams and large companies alike, build amazing products, and seamlessly connect their devices. eSIM is one more building block for building a truly connected future.
As part of the BETA release, we selected the iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, all of the iPhone 11 models, and the Pixel 4a to test the eSIM customer experience. With the in-house software and UX layers already completed, eSIMs will be available for more and more devices in the coming weeks. We could have waited to finish testing every single device but we wanted to do this out to you as soon as possible. We hope you love it as much as we do.
Update (February 7, 2022): The Google Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a 5g, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro will also be eligible for Instant Activation on eSIM as well.
Update: iPhone SE (3rd gen),12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 12 Mini 13, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max, and 13 Mini; and, Google Pixels 4, 4 XL, 4a 5G, 5, 5a, 6, and 6 Pro are now supported.