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The History of the SIM Card

The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card has undergone several evolutions over the years to improve its functionality and meet the needs of the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. Here is a brief history of the evolution of SIM cards.

The first generation of SIM cards were introduced in 1991 and were roughly the size of a credit card. They contained a microchip that stored basic information such as the user’s phone number, service provider, and other relevant data.

The second generation of SIM cards, known as mini-SIMs, was introduced in 1996. These cards were roughly half the size of the first generation and featured a more advanced microchip that could store additional data. It quickly became the standard for most mobile phones. The mini-SIM measures approximately 25mm x 15mm.

The third generation of SIM cards, known as micro-SIMs, was introduced in 2003. These SIM cards were even smaller than mini-SIMs, measuring just 15mm x 12mm. They were primarily used in smaller mobile devices such as tablets and e-readers. 

The fourth generation of SIM cards, known as nano-SIMs, was introduced in 2012. These SIM cards were the smallest of all, measuring just 12.3mm x 8.8mm. They are currently used in most modern smartphones and mobile devices.

The embedded SIM, or eSIM, was introduced in 2016. It emerged when mobile network operators and device manufacturers began exploring the idea of embedding SIM functionality directly into devices. Therefore, unlike traditional SIM cards, which are removable, the eSIM is embedded directly into the device’s hardware. This allows for smaller and more compact devices. Currently, eSIMs are widely used across a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, and IoT devices. It has enabled greater flexibility and convenience for consumers, as well as cost savings for mobile network operators, who can manage eSIM profiles remotely without requiring physical SIM cards.

The latest evolution of SIM cards is the Integrated SIM card, or iSIM. iSIMs are integrated into a chipset or processor of the devices which means it can be used in a wider range of devices, including those with limited space or power, such as IoT devices. Unlike eSIM, which can be provisioned remotely by a mobile network operator, iSIM can be provisioned by the device manufacturer. This means that iSIM can be pre-provisioned for a specific network, allowing for a more streamlined device manufacturing and activation process. As a newer technology, iSIM is still being adopted and standardized by the industry, but it holds promise for a wide range of applications in the future.

In summary, SIM cards have come a long way since their inception, from large credit card-sized cards to tiny nano-SIMs, and now to the integration of iSIMs directly into devices. These advancements have enabled more compact devices, increased convenience, and improved the functionality of mobile communication and IoT devices.

eSIMs vs Local Providers

Are you tired of paying too much for your data plan? Do you feel like you are wasting money on plans that charge you for calling and messaging? It is time to consider switching to an eSIM!

By using an eSIM, you can purchase a data plan and only pay for what you use. This can be especially beneficial for travelers who want to avoid hefty fees. In addition, eSIMs often come at a lower cost than physical SIM cards since you don’t have to pay for the card itself.

Not only is switching to an eSIM cost-effective, but it also offers more flexibility. With an eSIM, you can choose which network to connect to and get the best coverage, easy roaming, and control over your consumption and costs. Plus, setting up an eSIM is usually quicker and easier than getting a physical SIM card.

One of the best parts about using eSIMs is that they can be activated and deactivated over the phone without needing intervention from the carrier. This means you have more control over your device and can use it with any supported device.

So if you are tired of being tied down to a local or national provider, it is time to make the switch to an eSIM. It is becoming more and more affordable and is an excellent alternative for year-round roaming. Do not miss out on the benefits of using an eSIM!

eSIM: SIM of the Future

Since 2010, embedded SIM or popularly known as eSIM has been a topic discussed by the GSMA regarding the possibility of a software-based SIM.

The first version of eSIM standard was released in March 2016 followed by the second version in November 2016 with Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G smartwatch becoming the first device to implement eSIM. It became more popular with the launch of the iPhone X series as the first phone model that supported eSIM in 2018.

Then, more and more smartphone manufacturers start to launch devices that support eSIM.

The global eSIM market size was estimated to be at USD 7.3 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 17.5 billion by 2030, growing at an estimated CAGR of 10.2% from 2022 to 2030, according to Straits Research. Referring to that, the eSIM market can be bigger and more profitable and replace physical SIM cards completely.

eSIMs make switching mobile phone networks as simple as swapping Wi-Fi networks.

It is especially useful when you travel abroad to another country. eKYC or identity verification is not required. Instant connectivity. Global coverage. Pay by credit card or bank transfer.

Why pay $6000 / GB when you can pay $3 / GB or less anywhere in the world?

Download our Beneko app, buy your eSIM plan and be connected anywhere in the world cheaper and greener. Data only.

If you are lucky to have one of these smartphones, tablets and laptops, then you can enjoy the eSIM experience, save money and waste less.

The Development of eSIM

Although eSIM has been introduced in 2016 and the first smartphone that supports eSIM is iPhone X series launched in 2018, the significant development of eSIM has only been seen in 2022, and probably its turning point will be in 2023.

The delay in eSIM adoption was due to several challenges faced by service providers which caused the sector to feel doubt about its impact. eSIM provides an easier way to change into different data plans from several carriers while the service providers mostly focus on their customers’ subscriptions to rate plans; thus, eSIM allows users to switch out of those that could easily affect their bottom lines. Other than that, lack of consumers’ awareness and demand on eSIM according to GSMA Intelligence’s report leads service providers to not consider developing eSIM yet.

Prior to the launch of iPhone 14, T-Mobile became the first major network operator that announced it would support eSIM. T-Mobile draws its focus on benefits to users who either want both their work and personal numbers on a single device, or to set up an international carrier on their device for long stays outside of the US. It is also offering a free, three-month trial for customers with compatible iPhones. Following it, other major US carriers such as Verizon, Mint, and Cricket, also introduced trial rate plan options when customers with eSIM devices download their branded apps. The goal is to allow customers to use an eSIM on their device and operate on the trial network while still using their current phone number and carrier.

Seeing the phenomenon of eSIM’s development and adoption increasing significantly, it is possible that in the future eSIM may completely replace the physical SIM card.

World’s First iSIM Chipset: Revolutionizing eSIM Integration

Qualcomm, in collaboration with Thales, has developed the world’s first commercially-available integrated SIM (iSIM) certified by the GSMA. This iSIM technology, integrated into Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processors, eliminates the need for a separate chip for eSIM functionality, making all phones equipped with this chip eSIM compatible. The iSIM design includes a Tamper Resistant Element for secure storage of network credentials, and it is expected to gain significant market share, with 300 million iSIM-enabled devices projected to be in use by 2027, representing 19% of global eSIM shipments.

How to Activate eSIM?

eSIM can only be used if the device and the operator already supports it. Furthermore, the process of installing and activating eSIM is done online in which the device needs to have access to the internet through WiFi or hotspot. Without the internet, eSIM cannot be installed and activated. Once activated, eSIM can be used with and without the internet.

Here are some steps on how to activate eSIM in Android and iPhone.


Before activating the eSIM, Android users should make sure that their device and operator have support or compatibility for eSIM. After that, they can activate the eSIM and start to download it to their Android phone.

  1. Make sure the device is connected to the WiFi network and has received an email from the operator about a QR activation code
  2. Go to phone settings
  3. Tap network & internet
  4. Tap the plus button next to SIMs. Do not tap the SIMs button
  5. Tap download a SIM instead at the bottom of the screen
  6. Tap next
  7. Scan the QR code
  8. Once your code has been confirmed, tap done to complete the eSIM activation


Before activating the eSIM, iPhone users should make sure that their device and operator have support or compatibility for eSIM. After that, they can activate the eSIM and start to download it to their iPhone.

  1. Make sure the device is connected to the WiFi network. However, the latest version of iPhone, iPhone 14, which is an eSIM-only device and has no physical SIM tray, can be activated without internet connection.
  2. Make sure you have received an email from the operator about a QR activation code
  3. Go to phone settings
  4. Tap cellular or mobile data
  5. Tap add eSIM
  6. Tap use QR code
  7. Scan the QR provided by the operator
  8. Done

Which Devices Support eSIM?


iPhone 14
iPhone 14 Plus
iPhone 14 Pro
iPhone 14 Pro Max
iPhone 13
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 13 Mini
iPhone 12
iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 11
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS
iPhone XS Max
iPhone XR
iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone SE (2022)
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad Air (4th generation)
iPad Pro 11‑inch (1st generation)
iPad Pro 11‑inch (2nd generation)
iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation)
iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (4th generation)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
iPad (7th generation)
iPad (8th generation)
iPad (9th generation)
iPad Mini (5th generation)
iPad Mini (6th generation)

Only iPad devices with Wi-Fi + Cellular features are supported. Please check your specific device to confirm that it is eSIM capable.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Note 20+
Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Please check your specific device to confirm that it is eSIM capable

Google Pixel:

Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL
Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL
Google Pixel 4, 4a & 4 XL
Google Pixel 5
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Google Pixel 6a
Google Pixel 7
Google Pixel 7 Pro

Please check your specific device to confirm that it is eSIM capable.


HAMMER Blade 3
myPhone NOW eSIM


Motorola Razr 2019
Motorola Razr 5G


Huawei P40
Huawei P40 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro


OPPO Find X3 Pro
OPPO Find X5 Pro
OPPO Find X5


Sony Xperia 10 III Lite
Sony Xperia 10 IV
Sony Xperia 1 IV


Nuu Mobile X5
Gemini PDA 4G+Wi-Fi
Xiaomi 12T Pro

Please check your specific device to confirm that it is eSIM capable.

Some Windows 10 / Windows 11 laptops and notebooks also support eSIM:


Also smartwatches, wristbands and other wearables support eSIM:


Apple Watch Series Ultra
Apple Watch Series 8
Apple Watch Series 7
Apple Watch SE
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Watch Series 5
Apple Watch Series 4


Samsung Galaxy Watch4 LTE
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic LTE
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier LTE
Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE
Samsung Gear S2 3G
Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G


Huawei Watch 3 Pro
Huawei Watch 3
Huawei Watch 2 Pro
Huawei Watch 2


Oppo Watch 2
Oppo Watch


Ticwatch Pro X
TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE
TicWatch Pro 3 LTE


Mi Watch
Xiaomi Wear 3100


Nubia Alpha


Montblanc Summit 2+


Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE


Meizu Watch


Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smartwatch


Amazfit Nexo
Amazfit GTR 2 LTE


TITAN 4G Earbuds


Xplora X5 Play eSIM

Which Operator is Best for eSIM?

Beneko has partnered up with mobile networks around the world to bring you data coverage anywhere you go. 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, 5G or anything just to get you connected everywhere.

Check out the eSIM plans in the Beneko App, we compare prices across hundreds of offers to bring our members all at our wholesale costs and stay connected when traveling.

Here we share the information on the data plans from several providers in Europe.

Provider Plan Name Size Validity Price
Airalo Eurolink – 3GB 3 GB 30 days $13.00
Truphone EUROPE 2 GB 30 days $10.35
Beneko Europa 3 GB 3 GB 30 days $7.20
UPeSIM Europe eSIM 5 GB 30 days $15.43
Maya Mobile Europe 3GB Prepaid 3 GB 30 days $8.00
Nomad LotusFlare – Europe 3GB 3 GB 30 days $14.00
eSIM card eSIMCard 3GB Europe 3 GB 30 days $9.83
Yesim Yesim European Union 5GB 5 GB 28 days $20.59
Ubigi EUROPE EXTENDED 3 GB 30 days $14.00
Flexiroam Europe 5GB 5 GB 24 days $28.00
Manet eSIM Regional EU – 30 Days – 3 GB 3 GB 30 days $15.10
RedteaGO Europe (36 countries) 5 GB 30 days $17.99
Soracom Mobile Europe 3 GB 30 days $14.99
Stork Mobile Europe 3 GB 30 days $15.99
GigSky Europe 5 GB 30 days $19.99

And here you can find our Beneko data plans in USD:

Country ISO Code 1GB / 7 days 3GB / 30 days 5GB / 30 days 10 GB / 30 days 20 GB / 30 days
Aaland Islands AX $4.00 $10.00 $15.00 $27.00 $44.00
Andorra AD $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Argentina AR $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Armenia AM $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Australia AU $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Austria AT $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Azerbaijan AZ $6.50 $19.00 $50.00 $50.00 $80.00
Bahrain BH $11.50 $33.50 N/A N/A N/A
Bangladesh BD $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Belgium BE $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Bolivia BO $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Botswana BW $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Brazil BR $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Brunei Darussalam BN $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Bulgaria BG $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Burkina Faso BF $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Cameroon CM $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Canada CA $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Central African Republic CF $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Chad TD $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Chile CL $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
China CN $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Colombia CO $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Congo CG $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Congo- the Democratic Republic of the CD $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Costa Rica CR $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Cote d’Ivoire CI $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Croatia HR $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Cyprus CY $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Czech Republic CZ $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Denmark DK $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Ecuador EC $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Egypt EG $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
El Salvador SV $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Estonia EE $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Finland FI $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
France FR $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
French West Indies TF $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Gabon GA $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Georgia GE $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Germany DE $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Ghana GH $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Gibraltar GI $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Greece GR $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Guatemala GT $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Guernsey GG $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Guinea-Bissau GW $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Honduras HN $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Hong Kong HK $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Hungary HU $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Iceland IS $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Indonesia ID $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Ireland IE $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Isle of Man IM $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Israel IL $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Italy IT $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Jersey JE $4.00 $10.00 $15.00 $27.00 $44.00
Jordan JO $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Kazakhstan KZ $4.00 $10.00 $15.00 $27.00 $44.00
Kenya KE $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Korea- Republic of KR $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Kosovo XK $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Kuwait KW $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Kyrgyzstan KG $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Latvia LV $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Liberia LR $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Liechtenstein LI $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Lithuania LT $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Luxembourg LU $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Macao MO $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Macedonia- the former Yugoslav Republic of MK $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Madagascar MG $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Malawi MW $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Malaysia MY $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Mali ML $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Malta MT $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Mexico MX $4.00 $10.00 $15.00 $27.00 $44.00
Moldova- Republic of MD $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Monaco MC $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Montenegro ME $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Morocco MA $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Myanmar MM $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Netherlands NL $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
New Zealand NZ $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Nicaragua NI $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Niger NE $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Nigeria NG $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Norway NO $4.00 $10.00 $15.00 $27.00 $44.00
Oman OM $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Pakistan PK $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Panama PA $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Paraguay PY $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Peru PE $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Philippines PH $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Poland PL $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Portugal PT $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Qatar QA $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Reunion RE $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Romania RO $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Russian Federation RU $4.00 $10.00 $15.00 $27.00 $44.00
Saudi Arabia SA $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Serbia RS $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Seychelles SC $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Singapore SG $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Slovakia SK $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Slovenia SI $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
South Africa ZA $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Spain ES $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Sri Lanka LK $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Swaziland SZ $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Sweden SE $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Switzerland CH $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Taiwan- Province of China TW $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Tanzania- United Republic of TZ $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Thailand TH $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
Tunisia TN $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Turkey TR $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Uganda UG $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Ukraine UA $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
United Arab Emirates AE $6.50 $19.00 $29.00 $50.00 $80.00
United Kingdom GB $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
United States of America US $4.00 $10.00 $15.00 $27.00 $44.00
Uruguay UY $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Uzbekistan UZ $4.00 $10.00 $15.00 $27.00 $44.00
Vanuatu VU $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Viet Nam VN $2.70 $7.20 $11.00 $20.00 $36.00
Yemen YD $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A
Zambia ZM $11.50 $33.50 $50.00 N/A N/A

Below are the eSIM providers around the world that are available at Beneko.

CountryNetwork Name
FinlandAalands Telekommunikation Ab
AfghanistanAfghan Wireless Communication Company
AlbaniaALBtelecom sh.a.
AlbaniaVodafone - Albania
AlgeriaOptimum Telecom Algeria Spa
AndorraAndorra Telecom, S.A.U.
AnguillaCable and Wireless (Anguilla) Ltd
Antigua and BarbudaCable & Wireless Antigua & Barbuda Ltd
ArgentinaAMX Argentina S.A.
ArgentinaTelefonica Moviles Argentina S.A.
ArmeniaVEON Armenia CJSC
ArmeniaMTS Armenia CJSC
AustraliaSingTel Optus Pty Limited
AustraliaTelstra Corporation Limited
AustriaHutchison Drei Austria GmbH
AustriaHutchison Drei Austria GmbH
AzerbaijanAzercell Telecom LLC
AzerbaijanBakcell Limited Liable Company
BahamasBe Aliv Limited
BahrainBahrain Telecommunications Company (B.S.C.)
BahrainZain Bahrain B.S.C
BangladeshBanglalink Digital Communications Ltd.
BangladeshGrameenphone Ltd
BarbadosCable & Wireless (Barbados) Ltd
BelarusJLLC Mobile TeleSystems
BelarusUnitary enterprise velcom
BelgiumTelenet Group BVBA/SPRL
BelgiumORANGE Belgium nv/SA
BelgiumProximus PLC
BermudaBermuda Digital Communications Ltd.
BoliviaTelefonica Celular de Bolivia S.A.
Bosnia & HERZEGOVINABH Telecom JSC Sarajevo
BotswanaMascom Wireless (Pty) Limited
BotswanaOrange Botswana (Pty) Ltd
BrazilClaro S.A
BrazilTIM S.A.
BrazilTIM S.A.
BrazilTIM S.A.
BrazilVivo S.A.
BrazilVivo S.A.
BrazilVivo S.A.
BrazilVivo S.A.
BruneiDatastream Technology Sdn Bhd
BulgariaTelenor Bulgaria EAD
BulgariaBulgarian Telecommunications Company EAD
Burkina FasoOrange Burkina Faso S.A
CambodiaViettel (Cambodia) Pte., Ltd.
CameroonMTN Cameroon Ltd
CanadaBell Mobility Inc.
CanadaTELUS Communications Inc.
Cape VerdeCVMovel, S.A.
Cape VerdeUNITEL T+ TELECOMUNICACOES, Sociedade Unipessoal S.A.
Cayman IslandsCable and Wireless (Cayman Islands) Ltd
Central African RepublicOrange Centrafric
ChadAirtel Tchad
ChileEntel PCS Telecomunicaciones S.A.
ChileTelefonica Movil de Chile S.A.
ChinaChina Mobile Limited
ChinaChina Unicom
ColumbiaComunicacion Celular S.A (Comcel S.A)
ColumbiaColombia Mobil S.A.
ColombiaColombia Telecomunicaciones S.A. ESP
Congo, Democratic Republic of theAirtel Congo SA
Congo, Democratic Republic of theAIRTEL CONGO RDC SA
Congo, Democratic Republic of theOrange RDC Sarl
Costa RicaTelefonica de Costa Rica TC, S.A.
Cote D'Ivoire, Ivory CoastOrange Cote D'Ivoire S.A.
CroatiaTele2 d.o.o za telekomunikacijske usluge
CyprusCyprus Telecommunications Authority
CyprusPrimeTel PLC
CzechiaVodafone Czech Republic a.s.
CzechiaO2 Czech Republic a.s.
DenmarkHI3G Denmark ApS
DominicaCable & Wireless Dominica Limited
Dominican RepublicAltice Dominicana, S.A.
EcuadorOtecel Sociedad Anonima
EgyptOrange Egypt for Telecommunications
EgyptVodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E
El SalvadorCTE Telecom Personal, S.A. de C.V.
El SalvadorTelefonica Moviles El Salvador, S.A de C.V.
EstoniaTele2 Eesti Aktsiaselts
EstoniaElisa Eesti AS
FinlandElisa Corporation
FranceSociete Francaise du Radiotelephone S.A.
FranceBouygues Telecom
FranceFree Mobile
French PolynesiaPacific Mobile Telecom
French GuianaDigicel Antilles Francaise Guyane
GabonCeltel Gabon S.A.
GeorgiaMagticom Ltd
GeorgiaVeon Georgia LLC
GermanyVodafone GmbH
GermanyTelefonica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG
GhanaVodafone Ghana
GhanaAirtel Ghana Limited
GhanaScancom PLC
GibraltarGibtelecom Limited
GreeceVodafone-Panafon Hellenic Telecommunications Company S.A.
GreeceWind Hellas Telecommunications S.A.
GuatemalaTelecomunicaciones de Guatemala, S.A. (TELGUA)
United KingdomSure (Guernsey) Limited
Guinea BissauSpacetel Guinee-Bissau SA
GuyanaU-Mobile (Cellular) Inc
HaitiViettel Group
HondurasServicios de Comunicaciones de Honduras S.A. de C.V.
Hong KongHutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited
Hong KongHong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) Limited
HungaryTelenor Magyarorszag Zartkoruen Mukodo Reszvenytarsasag
HungaryVodafone Hungary Mobile Telecommunications Company Limited
IcelandNova ehf.
IcelandSiminn h.f.
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaVodafone Idea Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaVodafone Idea Limited
IndiaVodafone Idea Limited
IndiaVodafone Idea Limited
IndiaVodafone Idea Limited
IndiaVodafone Idea Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaVodafone Idea Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited
IndiaBharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
IndonesiaPT. Hutchison 3 Indonesia
IndonesiaPT Telekomunikasi Selular
IrelandVodafone Ireland Limited
IrelandThree Ireland (Hutchison) Limited
Isle of ManManx Telecom
IsraelPartner Communications Company Ltd.
IsraelHot Mobile Ltd.
IsraelPelephone Communication Ltd.
ItalyILIAD Italia S.p.A.
ItalyWind Tre S.p.A.
ItalyVodafone Italia S.p.A
ItalyTelecom Italia SpA
ItalyWind Tre S.p.A. (ITAWI)
JamaicaCable & Wireless Jamaica Limited
JamaicaDigicel (Jamaica) Limited
JapanNTT Docomo, Inc.
JapanSoftBank Corp.
Channel IslandsJT (Jersey) Limited
JordanUmniah Mobile Company
KazakhstanMobile Telecom-Service LLP
KazakhstanKaR-Tel LLP
KenyaAirtel Networks Kenya Limited
KiribatiAmalgamated Telecom Holdings Kiribati Limited (ATHKL)
Korea, Republic ofKT Corporation
Korea, Republic ofSK Telecom Co., Ltd.
KosovoIPKO Telecommunications LLC
MonacoMonaco Telecom S.A.M.
KuwaitMobile Telecommunications Company
KuwaitNational Mobile Telecommunications Company (K.S.C)
KyrgyzstanSky Mobile LLC
KyrgyzstanJSC Alfa Telecom
LaosStar Telecom Company Limited (STL)
LatviaTele2 SIA
LatviaSIA Bite Mobile
LiberiaOrange Liberia
LiberiaLonestar Communications Corporation
LiechtensteinTelecom Liechtenstein AG
LithuaniaUAB Tele2
LithuaniaUAB Bite Lietuva
LuxembourgPOST Luxembourg
LuxembourgProximus Luxembourg S.A.
LuxembourgOrange Communications Luxembourg S.A.
MacaoHutchison Telephone (Macau) Company Limited
North Macedoniaone.Vip DOOEL Skopje
MadagascarAirtel Madagascar SA
MalawiAirtel Malawi Limited
MalaysiaMaxis Communications Berhad
MalaysiaCelcom Axiata Berhad
MalaysiaU Mobile Sdn. Bhd.
MalaysiaDiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd
MaliOrange Mali SA
MaltaGO p.l.c.
MaltaMelita Ltd.
MaltaVodafone Malta Limited
MauritiusCellplus Mobile Communications Ltd.
MexicoPegaso PCS, S.A. de C.V.
MoldovaMoldtelecom S.A.
MoldovaOrange Moldova S.A.
MonacoMonaco Telecom S.A.M.
MontenegroMTEL d.o.o. Podgorica
MontenegroTelenor d.o.o. Podgorica
MontenegroCrnogorski Telekom a.d. Podgorica
MontserratCable and Wireless (West Indies) Ltd.
MoroccoWana Corporate S.A.
MyanmarOoredoo Myanmar Limited
MyanmarMyanma Posts and Telecommunications
NetherlandsVodafone Libertel B.V.
NetherlandsKPN B.V.
CuracaoCuracao Telecom N.V.
New ZealandSpark New Zealand
NicaraguaTelefonia Celular de Nicaragua S.A.
Niger Celtel Niger S.A.
NigerOrange Niger S.A.
NigeriaAirtel Networks Limited
NigeriaMTN Nigeria Communications Limited
NorwayTelia Norge AS
NorwayTelenor Norge AS
OmanOmani Qatari Telecommunication Company SAOG
PakistanPakistan Mobile Company Limited (PMCL)
PakistanTelenor Pakistan (Private) Limited
PanamaTelefonica Moviles Panama, S.A.
ParaguayAMX Paraguay S.A.
ParaguayTelefonica Celular Del Paraguay S.A. (Telecel S.A.)
PeruTelefonica Moviles S.A.C.
PeruEntel Peru S.A.
PhilippinesGlobe Telecom, Inc.
PolandOrange Polska S.A.
PolandPolkomtel Sp. z o.o.
PolandP4 Sp. z o.o.
PortugalNOS Comunicacoes, S.A.
PortugalVodafone Portugal - Comunicacoes Pessoais, S.A.
PortugalMEO - Servicos de Comunicacoes e Multimedia SA
QatarVodafone Qatar Q.S.C.
QatarOoredoo QSC
ReunionOrange Reunion
RomaniaS.C. RCS & RDS S.A.
RomaniaS.C. Vodafone Romania S.A.
RomaniaS.C. Orange Romania S.A.
Russian FederationVimpelCom PJSC
Russian FederationMegaFon PJSC
Russian FederationLLC T2 Mobile
Saint Kitts and NevisCable & Wireless St Kitts & Nevis Limited
Saint LuciaCable & Wireless (St. Lucia) Limited
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesCable & Wireless (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) Ltd
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Telecom Company (STC)
Saudi ArabiaEtihad Etisalat Company
Saudi ArabiaMTC Saudi Arabia (Zain)
SerbiaTelekom Srbija a.d.
SeychellesAirtel (Seychelles) Limited
SingaporeSingTel Mobile Singapore Pte. Ltd.
SlovakiaOrange Slovensko, a.s.
SlovakiaO2 Slovakia, s.r.o.
SloveniaTelekom Slovenije d.d.
SloveniaTelemach d.o.o.
South AfricaMobile Telephone Networks (Pty) Ltd.
South AfricaTelkom SA Ltd
South AfricaVodacom Group (Pty) Ltd.
SpainVodafone Espana, S.A.U.
SpainOrange Espagne, S.A., sociedad unipersonal
SpainTelefonica Moviles Espana S.A.
SpainXfera Moviles, S.A.
Sri LankaMobitel (Pvt) Limited
Sri LankaDialog Axiata Plc
Sri LankaHutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
SwazilandSwazi Mobile Limited
SwedenHi3G Access AB
SwedenTele2 AB
SwitzerlandSwisscom (Switzerland) Ltd
SwitzerlandSunrise Communications AG
SwitzerlandSalt Mobile SA
TaiwanChunghwa Telecom
TaiwanTaiwan Mobile Co.Ltd
TaiwanTaiwan Star Telecom Corporation Limited
TanzaniaAirtel Tanzania Limited
ThailandTrue Move H Universal Communication Co., Ltd.
ThailandCAT Telecom Public Company
ThailandAdvanced Wireless Network Company Limited
TunisiaOrange Tunisie, SA
TunisiaOoredoo Tunisie SA
TurkeyAvea Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
TurkeyTurkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
Turks and Caicos IslandsCable and Wireless (TCI) Ltd
UgandaAirtel Uganda Limited
Ukrainelifecell LLC
UkraineKyivstar, Private Joint Stock Company
UkrainePrJSC VF Ukraine
United Arab EmiratesEmirates Telecom Corp-ETISALAT
United KingdomTelefonica UK Limited
United KingdomHutchison 3G UK Limited
United KingdomEE Limited
United KingdomVodafone Ltd
United States of AmericaAT&T Mobility
United States of AmericaT-Mobile USA, Inc
UruguayAM Wireless Uruguay S.A.
UruguayTelefonica Moviles Del Uruguay S.A.
UzbekistanUnitel LLC
VanuatuTelecom Vanuatu Limited
VietnamVietnamobile Telecommunications Joint Stock Company
British Virgin IslandsCable and Wireless (BVI) Ltd
YemenMTN Yemen
ZambiaMTN (Zambia) Ltd

eSIM comparison:

Most people won’t like the idea of swapping SIM cards every time they want to use a travel data plan. This is why new smartphones offer a feature called eSIM. Simply put, it allows you to add a virtual SIM card without actually doing so. This works like a charm, but there are less desirable aspects of a digital-only connection – like slow speeds and drops in coverage. We’ve put together a list of providers who will offer global data plans that are distributed via eSIM but also provide high speeds and reliable connections.

There are a lot of SIM card stickers, but eSIM is the future. It allows you to add a SIM card without actually doing so. A few providers will offer global data plans that are distributed via eSIM – we’ve put together a list of them in Beneko App.

If you’re an international traveler, chances are that your phone will need a SIM card with data. After all, you don’t want to miss out on important work emails and phone calls just because you’re on vacation! Thankfully, many mobile providers offer global data plans. But when you buy a physical SIM card for your phone, it can often be quite expensive – especially if you swap them out every time you travel. Fortunately for us, there’s now a better solution: the eSIM.

This is a guide on how to find the best international data plans for eSIM – that’s smartphone-based SIM that can connect to any network without a physical SIM card.

Best eSIM providers:

Offer plans from 7 days to 365 days of data expiration

Offer global and regional multi-passes, not only country specific plans

Let you buy, topup and see your detailed consumption and spending

No initial costs to buy an eSIM, let you pay only for GB

Offer data plans with no expiration date

with Beneko App, you choose what fits you best.

Beneko’s Adapter – Unlocking the Power of eSIM

Welcome to the future of mobile connectivity. Beneko’s Adapter, together with our intuitive App, transforms your smartphone into an eSIM compatible powerhouse.

Seamless compatibility

Our Adapter is a universal game-changer, designed to work seamlessly with a wide range of supported smartphone models. Whether you are an Apple aficionado, a Samsung stalwart, or a devotee to brands like Xiaomi or Huawei, our adapter has you covered.

Universal functionality

Our Adapter knows no borders. Whether you are hiking in the Australian outback, navigating the buzzing streets of Manhattan, or relaxing in an idyllic British cafe, our adapter has got you connected.

Unparalleled flexibility

Store up to 15 eSIM profiles on a single Adapter. It offers unprecedented versatility, functioning in any device with a SIM card slot – from smartphones to hotspots, and even laptops.

Easy installation

Transitioning to the eSIM standard is as simple as inserting a SIM card. Slide your Adapter into your device’s SIM card slot, download the App from the Google Play Store, follow the registration steps, and you’re ready to start downloading eSIM profiles.

Expanding your device’s capabilities

Our Adapter is more than just an upgrade to eSIM compatibility; it is an expansion of your device’s capabilities. Choose from a multitude of mobile networks, manage multiple mobile numbers, and switch between providers in an instant.

Access the best eSIM deals

With the App, you can search, compare, and secure the best eSIM deals from various providers for every country, region, or even worldwide. Download your chosen eSIM profiles directly to your Adapter and enjoy the best connectivity wherever life takes you.

Join the eSIM revolution

Experience the future of connectivity today with Beneko’s Adapter. Harness the advantages of digital SIM cards for a more sustainable future, and enjoy direct eSIM downloads on your smartphone.

Dive into our knowledge base and launch into the world of eSIM with confidence. Download the App today and embark on your eSIM journey. Stay informed about news and sign up for our newsletter. Upgrade your device with Beneko’s Adapter, where convenience meets innovation.

Experience the future of mobile connectivity with Beneko’s Adapter. The future is here, and it is digital. 

PROs of eSIM

Not only for mobile phone

eSIM can be used for smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, laptops, wristbands, and other wearables. Even eSIM has enormous potential in the automobile industry if all automobiles can be provided with cellular technology in the future.It is also available for WiFi hotspots or internet sharing which means it can be used for any device that supports WiFi.

Easy to use

Buying and installing an eSIM can be as easy as taking a photo of a QR code. The users do not need to visit a shop or wait for a new SIM to be delivered to their house and then insert the SIM card to the phone and mess around with a SIM ejector tool. It is very easy and simple with eSIM with just activating the account online and scanning the QR code provided by the operators.

Easily to move to different operators and subscription plans without the need to remove and insert a new SIM card since the information in eSIM is rewritable.

More room and space in a device

One of the ideas behind eSIM is to reduce the use of physical SIM cards to create more room for a device because the tray for the SIM card is no longer needed. It makes more space for smartphone manufacturers to add more features to handsets.

In addition, removing the SIM card tray also means fewer holes for the device which give more protection from water and dust that can damage the device.

Multiple networks and numbers within one phone

Some people may have multiple numbers or phones for different needs. For example, a business person has a number for work and one number for personal use. Or a traveler needs to change SIM cards to dodge hefty international roaming charges.

It is very inconvenient to keep changing SIM cards. But using eSIM can reduce the need to invest in extra phones or alternate SIM cards.

In eSIM, there is an eSIM profile that can be created more than once depending on usage. eSIM profile is a collection of data that ensures device functionality. People can upload multiple eSIM profiles for different purposes; an iPhone can support more than 10 profiles so it can be one for calls, the second for better coverage in the countryside, the third for data for traveling in country A, and fourth for data and calls in country B and so on.

Therefore, eSIM can help people to have multiple networks and numbers with just one phone. Very convenient and beneficial.

Improve data security

e-SIM is embedded in a device, so it cannot be stolen without stealing the device. Meanwhile, if the device is stolen, it can be detected because the eSIM is still stored in the device and cannot be removed; even if the device has reset to the new setting, most people have passcodes to prevent the thief from opening the device.

Therefore, the thief who wants to steal the victim’s identity, financial data, and social media accounts cannot enter the device or take the SIM card.

Moreover, eSIM is also safe from cybercrimes because the network provides end-to-end encryption, keeping data safe in transit between the user’s device and its destination. It also can connect to a VPN for private browsing.

Beneficial for the environment

Over the years, physical SIM cards have shrunk in size. However, they are still supplied as a credit card-like square of plastic with an inserted chip module. The chip module is then taken out of the card body and inserted into a device, while the plastic frame is thrown away.

Imagine that each time a user changes a SIM card because of several reasons, plastic waste increases. This is further exacerbated by plastic roaming cards, temporary subscriptions, as well as lost or damaged SIM cards.

Meanwhile, eSIM is embedded directly into the device which reduces the use of plastic for the SIM cards’ frame. It is more eco-friendly and sustainable because it no longer uses plastic.

CONs of eSIM

Not all the mobile phones support eSIMs, please check if your mobile phone supports eSIM before buying any plans.

eSIM cannot be removed. When the phone runs out of battery and dies, the user cannot remove the eSIM and insert it to another phone. Thus, people need to keep the phone active and maintain the battery life to stay connected using eSIM.

The availability of eSIM is limited because there are only some operators/carriers that do not support eSIM. But, this is likely to change in the future.

There are still many eSIM providers that have not provided an easy way to install an eSIM. For example, users need to type in a long code manually when activating eSIM or need a second device to scan the QR code. This certainly makes prospective users feel difficult and even frustrated to use eSIM for the first time.

eSIM cannot be topped up and only remains valid until the data allocation is exhausted. This limitation poses challenges for individuals who consume a significant amount of data or frequently travel abroad, leading to the inconvenience of either running out of data or constantly switching between multiple eSIMs.

What will Happen to eSIM in the Future?

eSIM is the solution for always connecting everywhere and everytime. The trend of eSIM is starting to be popular this year, and unsurprisingly, there will be more and more electronic devices that will adopt eSIM in the future. Apple has developed the iPhone 14 as the eSIM-only device. Of course, it will make other smartphone manufacturers switch and design their products to be eSIM-only. Consequently, it also forces each and every telecom carrier and its retail store operators to develop eSIM to be able to adapt and create new retail pathways for consumers looking to purchase and activate an eSIM-only device.

In the future, everyone will have and use eSIM because of its convenience, practicality, and other benefits. eSIM users can easily and quickly activate it in their device and will be able to switch between different carriers (such as international networks when on vacation).

In this digital era, eSIM will be the SIM technology that continuously grows and brings a new trend in the industry. Just wait, see, and enjoy the progress.

What will the impact be of Apple’s decision to launch an eSIM-only iPhone?

For many years, it appeared as the development of eSIM was progressing slowly. However, currently, everyone is discussing how the newest iPhone will change the market. Phone manufacturers, operators, and users may expect significant changes.

The company’s influence on the industry and its sheer volume of sales makes an eSIM-only iPhone especially significant. When Apple launched iPhone 14 as an eSIM-only device in the US, any carrier now wishing to connect subscribers to the latest iPhones must enable eSIM support. 

The fact that Apple is the market leader will have an impact on tens of millions of potential buyers. Providers that are not ready, not prepared, or unable to implement eSIM will be severely disadvantageous given the power of Apple, particularly the iPhone.

Apple will swiftly adopt the strategy globally if its installation of an eSIM-only iPhone is effective in the US. As a result, other phone manufacturers will expedite their own eSIM integration initiatives.

However, the biggest impact from eSIM will be on customers. If less tech-savvy customers are unable to understand how eSIM functions, they may miss out on some benefits. That would inevitably threaten to widen the digital divide.

The impact of eSIM-only on mobile operators and consumer market

Along with the development of eSIM, people can easily change operators and download new profiles. For example, when they travel to different countries, they do not need to pay more for roaming data. They can just download local connectivity and get better performance at a much lower cost through eSIM.

This condition might attract more people to change and use eSIM because of all the conveniences at a fairly low cost. eSIM users can also differentiate their profile between work and personal, which makes it more private.

Therefore, if people no longer need to roam when traveling and can download a local profile for a tenth of the cost of roaming, operators will have to accept the loss of revenue, making all markets become much more challenging.

Without the stickiness of a plastic SIM and the revenues associated with roaming, operators will have to think of new ways to retain consumers and compete for service and support. They will also need to consider new revenue models, one of which is local connectivity itself. Operators who intervene first and make their networks expendable get the most coverage, but subsequent adopters risk being left behind if they do not follow suit. 


What is eSIM?

eSIM is a SIM card designed to be integrated into a device which allows the users to activate cellular plans for the internet, calls, and text messages without having to use a physical SIM.

eSIM is the revolution of the physical SIM card. It cannot be removed since it is embedded in a device and it can be activated by installing the eSIM profile of a new operator. The information in eSIM is rewritable in which the users can change the operator remotely and can use multiple operators and subscribe simultaneously several data plans to suit their needs.

What is the difference between eSIM and SIM?

The main difference between eSIM and SIM is that eSIM is embedded in the device unlike a physical SIM card that can be removed and inserted from one device to another. eSIM can be linked to several operators and can hold multiple profiles for different purposes while physical SIM can only hold one profile from one carrier. It means that eSIM can easily switch networks without worrying about removing and inserting a new SIM card.

Moreover, a SIM contains the users’ account information such as phone number and connects them to a wireless provider’s network. Thus, when the users want to change their phone, they need to remove the SIM card and reinsert it to the new phone and it does not apply to eSIM. With eSIM, the users can easily transfer their data from an eSIM capable device to another. Even some devices support the conversion from physical SIM to eSIM.

Is eSIM better than SIM?

eSIM offers numerous advantages which makes it better than a traditional or physical SIM card. The main benefit of eSIM is it allows the users to switch to different subscriptions from several operators. It can be done easily and remotely without the need to buy and change to a new chip. Imagine that the user could combine all existing mobile operators under one plan eSIM to get the best speeds and coverage in every country.

Furthermore, eSIM is better than regular SIM because the data saved can easily be transferred from one eSIM account in a phone to another phone that supports eSIM with a few simple steps.

However, eSIM also has some drawbacks such as the users should provide a 32 digit EID when installing eSIM, need to scan QR code using A different phone, and be unable to transfer eSIM profile from one phone to another.

Therefore, to say that eSIM is better than SIM is an exaggeration at this time because there are still some limitations and complications of eSIM which can confuse users due to system differences compared to physical SIM cards. Still need more work to do to develop the best eSIM that can make people’s life easier.

What is the difference between eSIM and iSIM?

iSIM is the newest form of SIM that is by far the most advanced and efficient network equipment. Similar to eSIM, iSIM (integrated SIM) is embedded directly into the devices. However, iSIM is much smaller than eSIM and is integrated into the processor.

Actually, there is not much difference in the use of eSIM, iSIM and even a physical SIM card, but because iSIM is 98% smaller in size than eSIM and uses 70% less power, it can make the smartphone’s battery last longer. This is because iSIM is the SIM card technologies developed with the aim of achieving the needs of SIM card development in terms of size, power consumption and manufacturing cost savings.

Will my physical SIM still work with eSIM installed?

Your physical SIM will continue to work normally in your iPhone. You can select which of the two SIMs you use for data connectivity or even use them simultaneously.

Can my physical SIM become eSIM?

Some operators and some devices support the ability to transfer a physical SIM to eSIM. There are few steps that the users can follow to convert the physical SIM into eSIM.


  1. Go to settings
  2. Choose connections
  3. Tap SIM card manager
  4. Choose the existing SIM
  5. Tap convert to eSIM and then OK
  6. Read the privacy and policy and then continue
  7. Select or provide the valid ID and log in to the respective service portals
  8. Verify the request by entering the verification code
  9. Wait for the plan to be converted


  1. Go to settings
  2. Tap cellular or mobile data
  3. Tap convert to eSIM
  4. Tap convert cellular plan
  5. Wait for the eSIM to activate. The previous SIM card is deactivated when the cellular plan on the iPhone activates.
  6. Remove the physical SIM from the iPhone.
  7. Restart the iPhone.

Can I transfer my eSIM to another Android phone or device?

An eSIM can be transferred from an old Android phone to a new one now.

First, you need to make sure that both your old and new Android phones are compatible with eSIMs and that your carrier supports eSIM activation.

To transfer the eSIM, you will need to remove the eSIM from your old Android phone by going to the settings and selecting “Mobile network” or “Network & internet,” depending on your device. Then, choose “Advanced” or “More” and select “Remove SIM card.”

After removing the eSIM, you can insert it into your new Android phone and follow the prompts to activate it. If your new phone does not have a physical slot for a SIM card, you may need to scan the QR code provided by your carrier to activate the eSIM on your new device.

Note that the process may vary slightly depending on your carrier and device, so it is always best to consult your carrier’s support resources or customer service if you need assistance with transferring your eSIM to a new phone.

How long does an eSIM last?

eSIM is a permanent part of a device unlike the SIM card which can be removed. Meanwhile,  eSIM profiles can be used for an unlimited validity period as long as the users keep subscribing and top up the eSIM data plan. The length of time for top up a data plan can be around 12-18 months or more depending on the operator’s policy. If the user stops the subscription, the eSIM profile will be terminated automatically.

How many times can eSIM be used?

One eSIM can only be used for one device and even one eSIM can only be installed once. If the users have installed an eSIM in a device, they cannot install the same eSIM with a similar QR code in another device. They need to buy and activate a new eSIM for different devices. Moreover, if eSIM is removed, it cannot be possible to install the same eSIM again.

Do I get a new phone number with eSIM?

No, you get to keep your existing number and the eSIM allows you to stay connected and consume data only.

Do I have to switch my WhatsApp number with eSIM?

No, you get to keep your existing number and the eSIM allows you to stay connected and consume data only.

How to get a QR code for eSIM?

A QR code for eSIM activation can be obtained after contacting the carrier. You will automatically receive the QR code from the carrier at the time you select the eSIM data plan. The code will be sent through the registered email address. If you do not receive the QR code, you need to contact the carrier to receive a new code in the email. 

There are static QR codes or unique QR codes based on the carrier you used. Basically, the QR code is a download link for eSIM activation code. Thus, after you receive the code, you can scan it with your phone or other devices’ camera to install and activate the eSIM profile on your device. It takes just a couple of minutes to complete the whole process and get connected.

How to scan an eSIM QR code when it is already saved in the phone gallery?

To scan the QR code for eSIM activation, you need to use another device to display the code. If you do not have the second device, you may ask another person, if they are willing to help you, to take a photo of your QR code so that you can scan it using your phone. Another alternative is you need to have it printed on paper, so you can directly scan it. 

The need of another device to scan QR code for eSIM activation is one of the drawbacks of eSIM at the moment. 

Can I activate eSIM without QR code?

Activating eSIM without QR code can be done through entering the eSIM information details manually. In this case, eSIM activation will be done via a digital eSIM procedure based on the eID and IMEI. Analogous to the ICCID, the eID describes the serial number of the eSIM embedded in the device. When entering the information manually, you need SM-DP + Address and Activation Code which these details are included on your eSIM Manual Installation page received after purchase.

Other than that, some carriers have their own app which can help the users to activate the eSIM plan from the app, no second device needed, no QR code scanning required. 

How do I transfer eSIM to a new iPhone without QR code?

Some carriers support SIM transfers from your previous iPhone to your new iPhone without needing to contact them.  

If you do not have access to your current iPhone, contact your carrier to transfer your eSIM.

While you are setting up your iPhone, if you are asked to transfer your SIM, follow the onscreen instructions to transfer your physical SIM or eSIM. If you need to transfer more than one SIM to your new iPhone, transfer your additional SIMs following the steps below.

Transfer a physical SIM or eSIM on your previous iPhone to an eSIM on your new iPhone after setup

  1. On your new iPhone, go to Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan. 
  2. Choose a cellular plan to transfer from another device. If you do not see a list of numbers, tap Transfer From Another Device. This requires both devices to have iOS 16 or later.
  3. Check for instructions on your previous iPhone to confirm the transfer. To confirm, tap Transfer or, if asked for a verification code, enter the code that’s displayed on your new iPhone.
  4. Wait for the cellular plan to activate on your new iPhone. Your previous SIM is deactivated when the cellular plan on your new iPhone activates.
  5. If a banner appears on your new iPhone that says Finish Setting Up Your Carrier’s Cellular Plan, tap it. You will be redirected to your carrier’s webpage to transfer your eSIM. If you need help, contact your carrier.

Does eSIM allow tethering?

Tethering is the way of connecting two or more devices together by sharing the data from one device that acts as a modem. In simple words, tethering is turning your smartphone into a mobile hotspot or portable Wi-Fi router. You can use the mobile or personal hotspot to connect your tablet, PC, computer, or another phone to the internet. 

One of the benefits of tethering is that you can extend your data connection from your phone to other devices through a wireless network. Sometimes, when there is no Wi-Fi connection in some places, tethering can be the most convenient way to connect a laptop or tablet to the internet. 

At other times, tethering may also provide a faster and more reliable internet connection than standard Wi-Fi. This is common in urban areas where 4G and 5G perform well and the nearest public Wi-Fi hotspots are over-capacity or downright slow. 

There is also the matter of security, as many public Wi-Fi are inherently unsafe. A properly configured tethered connection basically gives you access to your own password-protected network (tip: always select “WPA2” option). Thus, you do not need to access or log into sites that might be insecure.

However, not all carriers, plans, and devices allow tethering. Thus, you need to make sure if your device and service plan are qualified for mobile hotspot. If not, you should consider upgrading your data plan or switching carriers as tethering is important for you. 

eSIM, likewise, sharing data or tethering is only allowed by some providers. For instance, most Unlimited Data eSIM do not allow sharing its data with other devices. Therefore, it is important to check and clarify whether the eSIM plan that you purchase is qualified or not for tethering. 

Here is the way to activate data tethering for iOS and Android.


  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click Personal Hotspot
  3. Toggle on “Allow others to Join”

Go to your eSIM installation page to check if APN is required. In case the eSIM requires the APN to be manually set, you will need to do that for the hotspot APN as well as follows:

  1. Go to Settings 
  2. Go to Cellular/Mobile Data
  3. Go to eSIM under Cellular/Mobile Data Plans
  4. Go to Cellular/Mobile Data Network 
  5. In the Personal Hotspot APN field, type the APN as written in the eSIM installation details (all lower case, all one word)
  6. Leave Username and password blank


  1. Set an APN before enabling Hotspot & Tethering
  2. Go to Settings 
  3. Go to Network & Internet 
  4. Click  Hotspot & Tethering
  5. Click Wi-Fi hotspot
  6. Turn on Wi-Fi hotspot 

Consumer eSIM for IoT devices

To start with, why “Consumer”? How is it connected to the Internet of Things (IoT)? The answer is: SGP.31 is an advancement of the Consumer eSIM system, which has now been extended to IoT devices. The term “Consumer” does not limit the scope of the system; rather, it refers to the original intention of serving consumer devices. 

To download an eSIM, a QR code is required, which contains the internet address of the server that hosts mobile network operator’s eSIM profiles. This server is known as an RSP platform or SM-DP+.

An eSIM or eUICC relies on a secure microcontroller that performs encryption operations. It is not merely a matter of scanning a QR code with a smartphone camera or establishing an internet connection. To facilitate these processes, an agent software, known as LPA (Local Profile Assistant), is installed on the device. LPA acts as a gateway or interface between the eSIM, RSP, and the user.

LPA receives commands and information from the device user (via camera, input string, or menu), establishes an internet connection to RSP (via TCP/IP), and feeds the profile to an eSIM (via APDU, which is a special data package used for exchanging information with eSIM).

The architecture of the Consumer eSIM system comprises several components and communication channels, which include the following: 

[User] -{Camera}- [LPA] -{TCP/IP}- [RSP] -{TCP/IP}- [LPA] -{APDU}- [eSIM/eUICC]. 

The [User] initiates [LPA] on the device, scans the QR code to enable [LPA] to establish a TCP/IP connection to the [RS]P where the profile is stored, and [LPA] downloads the profile of the device before feeding it to the [eSIM/eUICC].

In the case of IoT devices where there is no direct human interface available for [User] to manage the process, SGP.31 utilizes this flow.

What is a Dual SIM?

Dual SIM gives you the convenience of having two cellular connectivity providers on a single iPhone. You can have separate providers for personal and business, add an additional line when traveling internationally, or purchase a separate data plan.

Is it possible to create a single eSIM profile to support both LTE and 5G?

Creating a single eSIM profile to support LTE and 5G devices is possible, but it is not the best way to do so. 

As eSIM technology develops, more providers are also updating their eSIM features to provide more convenience for customers. One of them is Truphone with its “Intelligent eSIM profile download” feature.

Truphone implements profile Type and profile Template concept. The profile Template is a data structure which represents the most common eSIM profile information, like files, applets, etc. Any specific, so-called “personification”, data are represented as variables. These variables need to be filled out to finalize creation of an eSIM profile package that RSP sends to an eSIM.

The profile Type is a set of congenerous profile Templates; they have the same variables and input data. The profile Type is considered an SKU by an MNO and they operate it when ordering eSIM profiles.

Furthermore, when a device is requesting the Truphone RSP platform for a specific profile, RSP receives information about the device capabilities. Based on this information, RSP selects an appropriate profile Template for the device. This is the essence of “Intelligent eSIM profile manager”.

In conclusion, an LTE device will receive an LTE template while a 5G device will receive a 5G template of the same profile Type. The benefits are obvious: better profile-device fit, less download errors, simpler logistics.

Therefore, you need to carefully select the provider for your eSIM so that you can enjoy more benefits. 

What are alternative names of eSIM, iSIM, Digital SIM, and Virtual SIM?

Here are some alternative names for eSIM, iSIM, digital SIM, and virtual SIM:

  • eSIM: Embedded SIM, integrated SIM, eUICC (Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card), eSE (embedded Secure Element), soft SIM, programmable SIM.
  • iSIM: Integrated SIM, IP-SIM (Integrated Programmable SIM), IP-Secure Element.
  • Digital SIM: dSIM, soft SIM, cloud SIM, virtualized SIM, remote SIM.
  • Virtual SIM: vSIM, cloud SIM, soft SIM, digital SIM, virtualized SIM.

These alternative names are often used interchangeably, and may differ depending on the specific use case or industry. However, they generally refer to the same concepts and technologies, which involve using software-based implementations of the SIM card rather than physical cards.

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