If you have recently purchased a new iPhone and are excited about using it's dual SIM capabilities on your next overseas jaunt, you may well ask Google:
"Which countries are eSIM compatible?"
You will more than likely end up heading to the page on Apple's website: Find wireless carriers that offer eSIM service
It is logical that this page would rank highly as Apple is a trusted authority and were early adopters of eSIM with their iPad. Indeed, Apple should be praised for using their market power to drive the industry to embrace the benefits of an embedded SIM Card.
Although all of Apple's iPhone's from XR onward are dual SIM (having a Nano SIM Slot and an an eSIM), Apple do not actually 'own' the eSIM technology itself. eSIM is an agreed standard governed by the GSMA, and eSIMs can also be found embedded in many other Android devices such as Google's Pixel, the Samsung Fold LTE & soon to be released Motorola RAZR.
So, a visitor to Apple's page could easily be given the impression that only 51 countries at present currently offer eSIM support. Let me be clear in stating that this simply is not the case.
Although many countries are yet to receive local eSIM support, there are a handful of Global eSIM service providers that enable an iPhone's eSIM to access 4G data in virtually every country on earth.
This is particularly great news for those who have an eSIM enabled handset and wish to travel as they can take advantage of their phone's eSIM capability without having to pay exorbitant rates charged by their home telco. It also means they don't need to search around when they arrive at their destination for a single use local or tourist SIM Card that quite likely will end up in landfill or worse in our oceans.
An added bonus for traveller's who need access to their home SIM Card is that almost all eSIM phones are dual SIM meaning they can use their eSIM for the data without losing access to free inbound SMS or the ability to make and receive phone calls.
To install the eSIM is really easy. You simply purchases an eSIM profile, which will be delivered via email or instant download. This means you can grab a quiet moment to set it up and test it at home before you leave, or as most of our customer's do set it up after they have arrived at their destination.
To see if we are able to offer you an eSIM to you on your next holiday, please check our coverage page.
Of course if you have any questions, just ask. We are always happy to help!