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Find mobile operators and world service providers offering the ESIM service

An ESIM is a digital SIM card that allows you to activate a mobile data package with your operator without having to use a physical nano-sim. Discover the mobile operators of your country or region which offer ESIM mobile plans activated through the operator, the rapid transfer of ESIM or other methods. Many operators also activate an ESIM with a prepaid package, if you want to use a local line when traveling abroad. Global service providers also offer ESIM packages in more than 190 countries and regions, which you can use in your country of residence or during your trips. If your iPhone is unlocked, you can also use the ESIM packages from other operators.

Mobile operators supporting the activation of ESIM by the operator

With the activation of ESIM by the operator, your operator can assign an ESIM to your iPhone in digital form at the time of purchase, or after the configuration, if you call your operator to obtain an ESIM.

Australia

Austria

Czech Republic

Germany

Hungary

India

Japan

Poland

Porto Rico

Romania

Senegal

South Korea

Spain

Swiss

United Kingdom

UNITED STATES

Mobile operators supporting the rapid transfer of ESIM

ESIM’s fast transfer functionality allows you to transfer your old iPhone call number to your new iPhone, without contacting your operator. You can also convert your current physical sim card to ESIM.

Australia

Bahrain

Canada

Finland

Germany

Japan

Kuwait

Malaysia

Norway

Porto Rico

South Korea

Sweden

Swiss

Thailand

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

UNITED STATES

Mobile operators supporting other ESIM activation methods

In addition to activating ESIM by the operator and the rapid ESIM transfer, the following operators support other ESIM activation methods on iPhone, for example by scanning a QR or code via the operator’s app.

Albania

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belarus

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Croatia

Czech Republic

Dominican Republic

Denmark

Equator

Estonia

Finland

France

French West Indies

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Guam

Guatemala

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

India

Japan

Jordan

Kuwait

Latvia

Lebanon

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

Malaysia

Maldives

Malta

Mexico

Moldova

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Nepal

The Netherlands

New Zealand

North Macedonia

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Palestine

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Porto Rico

Qatar

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Swiss

Taiwan

Tadjikistan

Thailand

Tunisia

Türkiye

Ukraine

Uruguay

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

UNITED STATES

Vietnam Vietnam

Zimbabwe

Mobile operators supporting ESIM activation with a prepaid package for international travelers

The subscription of an international package from your mobile operator allows you to stay connected during your trips. If you want to use a local line when traveling abroad, the following operators also offer prepaid packages.

Australia

Brazil

Canada

Dominican Republic

France

Germany

Greece

Hong Kong

India

Ireland

Italy

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

South Korea

Spain

Swiss

Taiwan

Thailand

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

UNITED STATES

World mobile operators

Global service providers allow you to stay connected with prepaid data packages that you can use at home or when you travel to more than 190 countries and regions. You can also buy a package before your trip, so it will be even easier to stay connected.

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Smartphones

The SIM card has lived. From now on, each new request (subscription, renewal), operators systematically offer an on -board SIM to their customers.

1. What is an esim ?

Embedded Sim, or Esim, means “on -board Sim” in French. No more, the smart card to insert into the phone to access the mobile network ! ESIM is integrated into the motherboard of the device, such as memory and processor. More and more models are compatible, especially at Apple, Samsung, Google or Huawei. Sign of times, in the United States, the iPhone 14 no longer even presents the SIM card drawer; He only accepts ESIM. The traditional map will disappear, but the operators offer it as long as the Mobiles park, new and reconditioned, will require it.

2. Is it complicated to activate the line ?

No, just open the camera of the smartphone and aim for the QR code provided by the operator. One condition anyway: the phone must be connected to the Internet (in WiFi or via another SIM card) in order to load the package relating to the package. You must then enter the ESIM PIN code (0000 or 1234 by default; remember to change it in the settings).

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3. What are the advantages ?

An ESIM compatible mobile can accommodate several lines at various operators. It is therefore possible to have two, a personnel and a professional. Or benefit from an advantageous subscription for calls from a first, a generous data offer in a second, and international calls in a third. Each package is managed by a profile and you easily go from one to the other. The number of esim that can be installed on a smartphone differs from one manufacturer to another. And if you change operator, you immediately get a CT code.

4. If I change the phone, what’s going on ?

ESIM of a package can only be activated on one phone at a time. If you change the device, it is essential to delete the ESIM profile of the old. It can be reactivated on another smartphone with the same QR code. An exception: certain prepaid offers dedicated to the trip (see also the box below). If your mobile breaks down without you being able to deactivate the E-SIM, you will have to ask your operator a new one. Note that ESIM is compatible with mobile portability: you have the right to adopt it for your main line without changing the number.

5. Going to ESIM, it’s free ?

No, Orange, SFR and others have kept their habits and charge € 10 activation fees for a new line or a renewal.

The perfect solution on a trip

Trying ESIM is adopting it, especially if you travel. Used in addition to your usual line, it allows you to stay reachable on your number and enjoy another line with a package adapted to your needs in your country of destination. You can opt for an ESIM on site, at a local operator or a specialist in travel (Gigsky, Upesim, Trunion, Ubigi, etc.). Prices are often better than the options of your usual operator.

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Esim: What are it and what are the compatible smartphones ?

Available both on iPhone and on Android phones, ESIM is now offered at all operators (Free, Bouygues, Orange and SFR). Here is a summary of everything there is to know about the esim.

With the iPhone 14 which has switched to full ESIM in the United States, more and more smartphones manufacturers offer compatibility with ESIM, while keeping the opportunity to insert a SIM SIM.

If you are lost in the face of this new technology, whether you want to know how to take advantage of it or if your phone is compatible or not, here is a folder to understand everything in virtual SIM. The subject is simpler than it seems, and it may well simplify your life. follow the leader.

What is an esim ?

ESIM means on -board sim. It is a technology present on relatively recent phones that allows a smartphone to do without physical SIM to insert to connect to the network and make calls. In short, it is a SIM card, but that does not need a SIM card.

Launched in France in June 2019 by Orange and SFR, then deployed more widely in 2020, ESIM is gradually installed in the landscape. If you are tempted by this solution, first check if you have a compatible smartphone and if your operator offers an ESIM package. Because yes, this is a separate package or an option offered by operators.

What are the smartphones compatible with ESIM ?

The first thing you need to consider before you even look at the prices with the operator of your choice is whether the phone you have (or the one you plan to buy) is compatible with ESIM. To help you, here are the main compatible smartphones capable of accomplishing this feat in 2023 (spoiler: these are often high -end models). Also note that few manufacturers integrate this option on a wide range of phones.

On Android

  • Fairphone 4;
  • Honor Magic 5 Pro, Honor Magic 4 Pro;
  • Google Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 7A, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 6A, Pixel 5, Pixel 4, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL;
  • Oppo Find X3 Pro, Find X5 Pro, Find N2 Flip; OnePlus 11;
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, Z Flip 3, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Z Fold, Z Fold 2, Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4;
  • Samsung Galaxy A54, Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, S21, S21 Plus, S21 Ultra, S22, S22 Plus, S22 Ultra, S23, S23 Plus, S23 Ultra;
  • Sony Xperia 10 III, Sony Xperia 10 IV, Sony Xperia 1 IV;
  • Vivo x90 pro;
  • Xiaomi 12t Pro.

On iOS (iPhone)

  • The iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max;
  • The iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone SE 2022.

Some tablets are also compatible. Remember that this is generally iPad, or Windows convertibles with Arm chip.

IPads offering an ESIM model

  • Ipad pro 11 inch (from the 1st generation)
  • Ipad pro 12.9 inches (from the 3rd generation)
  • iPad Air (from the 3rd generation)
  • iPad (from the 7th generation)
  • iPad Mini (from the 5th generation)

And connected watches ?

Some connected watches also offer ESIM compatibility. These are generally 4G versions sold more expensive than that offering only connectivity to the Internet via WiFi.

In general, your phone will serve as a 4G antenna for your connected watch. The use of an ESIM on a toceante is therefore reserved for those who would like to be able to use their watch in autonomy without smartphone coupled.

The demand is therefore too low for all operators to respond to it even if more and more manufacturers offer this option. Result, only Orange and SFR offer mobile packages for connected watches, while Bouygues and Free have their turn. The development of ESIM on smartphones should facilitate its deployment on other types of devices in the years to come.

Here are the latest models of 4G compatible connected watches:

  • Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Series 7 Cellular and Apple Watch SE (2022) Cellular, Apple Watch Ultra;
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic in their 4G version;
  • Huawei Watch 3;
  • Fossil gen 5 lte;
  • Oppo Watch 4G;
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro 3 Ultra.

Esim SFR, Orange, Bouygues and Free: which operators offer an ESIM ?

Today, all historical operators (SFR, Orange, Bouygues and Free) and their branches lowcost (Red by SFR, Sosh, B & You) offer ESIM mobile packages. The procedure is simple: when you subscribe to a new package, you just have to request the ESIM option to start the transfer.

The best packages without obligation

Prixtel 4G package
Oxygen 30 to 70 GB

30 GB – 70 GB in France

15 GB in Europe

Bouygues Telecom

B & YOU mobile package
40 GB

40 GB in France

14 GB in Europe

Red by SFR

Red 4G package
80 GB

80 GB in France

16 GB in Europe

Note that if you want to keep your current package, it is also possible to request a renewal of the SIM card to an ESIM. Most operators offer such a transfer.

How to activate the ESIM card on an Android or an iPhone ?

That’s it, you have just taken out a subscription to an operator for a package with ESIM or request the transfer from a SIM card. To activate it, nothing could be simpler. Your operator will provide you with a scanning QR code with your camera via the “SIM card manager” menu then “Adding a mobile package” (on Samsung).

Let us add that if you are a user of an iPhone, the maneuver is significantly the same, but you will have to go through the settings – Cellular data – Add a cell package.

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If the QR code does not work, your operator will also provide you with two codes to enter your phone manually.

Once the ESM is configured, you will have to type the PIN code, by default 0000. And there you are, you just have to restart the phone and ESIM will work.

Note that most of the time, operators will ask you to confirm activation on your customer area.

How to delete or transfer an ESIM ?

If you want to change your phone or just take out a new subscription, you could of course find how to deactivate your ESIM profile. Indeed, it is no longer enough to bring an extractor tool and remove the physical sim card.

Some operators like Orange asks you to first launch an ESIM to Esim renewal from their customer area and especially not to delete the profile on the old phone. Indeed, it must still be able to receive the confirmation SMS to secure the transaction.

Among other operators (Free, SFR or Bouygues), the procedure is simpler. You will need to delete ESIM from the old mobile and then scan the QR code again with the new mobile from the customer area.

To delete ESIM from the old mobile, you only have to go to the menus again where you have configured your ESIM: “SIM card manager” at Samsung and “Cellular data” on the Apple Apple. There, when you select the package to delete, the option is offered to you.

ESIM, how it works ? What a difference between Sim and Esim ?

The idea behind ESIM (not to be confused with the isim) is quite simple: rather than integrating a physical sim card, the user can activate a SIM already present in the device. This is the reason why it is impossible to add this option to a device that does not already have it, since it is a hardware functionality.

Let us add that ESIM takes up much less space than a classic nano. We go from a 12.3 x 8.8 mm format in nano to something around 6 x 5 mm.

The main difference between ESIM and classic SIM is therefore above all a question of occupied space in the phone, but also of installation procedure. In practice, a physical sim card changes with an extractor tool while you can change ESIM package without physical intervention on the phone, simply by installing the ESIM profile. This is the main difference.

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