How to use an eSIM for dual phone numbers | MarketingwithAnoy

An eSIM can dramatically changes how you use your smartphone. Unlike Removable Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards, eSIM is a permanent part of your phone and allows you to use two different numbers on the same device. You can also use an eSIM to add mobile connectivity to tablets, smartwatches and other devices.

Do not feel bad if you have never heard of eSIMs. The budding technology has been on it for over a decade, but first became available to the public a few years ago. It’s possible that Steve Jobs wanted the first iPhone jettison physical card slotsand there are still rumors that Apple could launch one eSIM device in the near future.

Quick lingo note: The term “physical SIM” often refers to the older card that you pop out on the side of your phone. Although an eSIM is much smaller, it does not matter. The wording “removable SIM” makes more sense in contrast and emphasizes the embedded quality of eSIMs.

Can I use an eSIM on my phone?

Is this technology available to you? Unfortunately for anyone holding an antique, like the iPhone 8, eSIMs are only available in newer smartphone models. iPhone XR for iPhone 12 has a built-in eSIM, and iPhone 13 models have two eSIMs. Apart from the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, the latest Samsung phones are eSIM compatible. Google phones released after Pixel 3 work with an eSIM unless you’re on Verizon, in which case it’s Pixel 4 and later.

Unlike removable SIM cards, your smartphone must be unlocked in order to use an eSIM. Consumer Reports published a fantastic article that explains how to unlock your smartphone from big companies like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Each provider has a web page with step-by-step instructions on how to start an eSIM when the phone is unlocked. Whether you go through AT&T, T Mobile, Verizonor another provider, access to Wi-Fi or mobile data is required for the activation process.

How to use two numbers on an eSIM

How to activate two phone numbers on the same smartphone. First, make sure your device has two eSIMs or a combination of an eSIM and a removable SIM card. Then you need to have a secondary line active and ready to go. Contact your mobile carrier and it will give you a QR code or a link to start the eSIM activation. iPhone owners can follow the process described in this useful video from Apple Support.

If you are a tablet owner and curious about mobile connectivity, Apple iPad (2021, 9th generation), Apple iPad Air (2022, 5th generation) and Microsoft Surface Pro 8 are eSIM compatible and on WIRED’s list of the best tablets. And whether you have a Samsung Galaxy Watch4 or Apple Watch Series 7, both devices include an eSIM that you have the option to enable.

A smartphone with an eSIM connection can be used by a businessman who wants a work number and a personal number linked to the same device. (Although it sounds like a recipe for late-night texting disasters.) International travelers may appreciate being able to quickly jump between paid services when crossing borders. Videos describing the new technology as a “travel hack” have been underway viral on TikTok.

You may find eSIMs frustrating if you are an edge-case user switching between multiple devices. Lucky for you, we are still years away from the fact that smartphones that are only eSIM are the exclusive options that can be purchased. So you can rudely hold on to the metal pokey sticks in your junk drawer. (I am.)

For the majority who rarely think twice about their SIM card after it is installed, converting to an eSIM is also a smart decision in terms of privacy. According to Federal Communications Commission website, provides eSIMs with “significant security benefits.” Using an eSIM protects against some of the SIM swaps that threaten your smartphone.

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