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Unlock the Ultimate Travel Experience: Compatible Devices with eSIM Cards

July 3, 2024
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Dillon Dubois

Planning your next adventure? Don't let high roaming charges or the hassle of finding Wi-Fi hold you back! With GigSky's eSIM cards, you can enjoy seamless connectivity on the go. The last time I traveled i spent a month travelling throughout Europe and South America which included a cruise where I was constantly connected to the Internet. I even grabbed a refurbished I-phone 11 Pro for under $300 CAD for the piece of mind that eSIMs give travellers switching between countries and continents. This allowed me the ability to message my family back home and answer business emails despite having changed continents all with a GigSky eSIM.

But which devices are compatible with eSIM cards? Let's dive in and explore how you can stay connected effortlessly while traveling just like i did. By the end of this article you’ll have a clear understanding of how eSIMS enhance the travel experience and what devices are compatible. Let’s begin!

What is an eSIM?

An eSIM (embedded SIM) is a digital SIM that allows you to activate a cellular plan from your carrier without having to use a physical SIM card. It's built into your device and can be used to switch between different carriers and plans effortlessly.

How do eSIMs work exactly?

eSIMs work by being embedded directly into your device's hardware. This technology allows users to download and install different carrier profiles, making it easy to switch between networks without changing physical SIM cards.

Benefits of eSIMs:

  • Convenience: No need for physical SIM cards.
  • Flexibility: Easily switch between carriers and plans.
  • Global Connectivity: Stay connected in almost any country.

Are eSIMs easy to install?

Yes, installing an eSIM is straightforward. Here's how:

  1. Download the carrier app: For GigSky, download the GigSky app.
  2. Purchase a plan: Select and purchase the desired plan.
  3. Install the eSIM: Follow the app instructions to install the eSIM profile on your device.
  4. Activate: Once installed, activate the eSIM through your phone’s settings.

What devices work with eSIMs?

Several devices support eSIM technology. Here are some popular models:

Smartphones:

  • Apple: iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, 11 series, 12 series, 13 series, SE (2nd Gen and later)
  • Google: Pixel 3 and later
  • Samsung: Galaxy S20, S21, Z Flip, Fold, Note 20 and later devices

Tablets:

  • Apple: iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd Gen and later), iPad (7th Gen and later)
  • Microsoft: Surface Pro X

Wearables:

  • Apple: Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) and later
  • Samsung: Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active2

Why does my device not support an eSIM?

Not all devices support eSIM technology. Reasons include:

  • Hardware limitations: Older devices lack the necessary hardware.
  • Carrier restrictions: Some carriers may lock devices to prevent eSIM functionality.
  • Regional variations: Availability of eSIM support can vary by region and carrier.

How to unlock your phone for eSIM compatibility

To use an eSIM, your device needs to be unlocked. Here's how you can unlock it:

1. Contact your carrier: Request an unlock code. Requirements may include:some text.

  • Completing your contract.
  • Paying off the device.
  • Being in good standing with the carrier.

2. Use third-party services: Some websites offer unlocking services for a fee. Ensure they are reputable to avoid scams.

Popular unlocking methods by country:

  • USA: Contact major carriers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile for unlocking procedures.
  • UK: Reach out to carriers like Vodafone, EE, O2.
  • Australia: Carriers like Telstra, Optus offer unlocking services.

What are the benefits of using eSIMs?

Using eSIMs comes with numerous advantages, especially for travelers:

  • Cost savings: Avoid high roaming fees by choosing local data plans.
  • Easy management: Switch plans via apps without needing new SIM cards.
  • Travel convenience: Access data instantly upon arrival in a new country.

How is an eSIM plan different from a regular cell phone plan?

eSIM plans offer the same features as regular cell phone plans but with added flexibility: Our GigSky plans are data only.

  • No physical SIM needed: Manage plans digitally.
  • Multiple plans: Store multiple eSIM profiles on one device.
  • Temporary use: Perfect for short-term travel without long-term commitments.

Activating and using an eSIM without interfering with your normal carrier

1. Can I use an eSIM without affecting my primary carrier? Yes, you can use an eSIM alongside your primary carrier. eSIMs are designed to coexist with physical SIMs, allowing you to keep your regular number and plan while using the eSIM for additional data needs.

2. How do I switch between my regular SIM and eSIM? Switching between SIMs is easy. Go to your phone’s settings, find the cellular or mobile data section, and select the preferred SIM for data and calls. This allows you to use your eSIM for data while keeping your primary number active for calls and texts.

3. Will my phone support dual SIM functionality with an eSIM? Most newer devices that support eSIMs also support dual SIM functionality, meaning you can use both your regular SIM and eSIM simultaneously. Check your device’s specifications to confirm.

4. Can I receive calls and texts on my regular number while using an eSIM? Yes, you can still receive calls and texts on your regular number while using an eSIM for data. This dual functionality ensures you stay connected on your primary number while benefiting from the data plan on your eSIM. Note: For travellers, charges may apply when using their primary number for calls and texts.

FAQs for travelers

1. Can you explain what eSIMs are? An eSIM is a digital SIM that lets you activate a cellular plan without a physical SIM card. It's built into the device's hardware and offers flexibility and convenience, especially for frequent travelers.

2. How do eSIMs work exactly? eSIMs work by embedding the SIM technology directly into the device, allowing users to download carrier profiles and switch networks easily.

3. Are eSIMs easy to install? Yes, installing an eSIM is simple. Download the carrier’s app, purchase a plan, and follow the instructions to install the eSIM profile.

4. How is an eSIM plan different and separate from a regular cell phone plan? An eSIM plan functions similarly to a regular cell phone plan but is managed digitally, without needing a physical SIM card, providing more flexibility and convenience.

5. What are the benefits of using eSIMs? Benefits include cost savings on roaming fees, easy management of multiple plans, and instant connectivity without physical SIM cards.

6. What devices work for eSIMs? Compatible devices include newer models of iPhones, Google Pixels, Samsung Galaxy phones, iPads, Surface Pro X, and smartwatches like Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch.

7. Why does my device not support an eSIM? Reasons include hardware limitations, carrier restrictions, and regional availability.

Conclusion

Traveling with an eSIM can significantly enhance your travel experience by providing seamless connectivity and substantial savings on roaming fees. Whether you’re exploring the bustling streets of Rome or relaxing on a beach in the Galapagos Islands, an eSIM ensures you stay connected effortlessly. Unlock the full potential of your travel adventures with GigSky's eSIM plans and enjoy the journey without connectivity worries and even change plans as you change countries/continents in seconds.

Get your eSIM today! Visit GigSky to learn more and find the perfect plan for your next trip.