The iPhone XS' eSIM will only be supported in 10 countries worldwide

The iPhone XS' eSIM will only be supported in 10 countries worldwide
For the first time ever, we are about to get iPhones that actually support two SIM cards — two separate lines with their own phone numbers, data limits, and stats. While it may sound weird to some, there are parts of the world where owning two cards is a norm, either because it nets one a better deal when they combine different packages for calling and data, or because some carriers give away SIMs with basic lines as gifts towards bigger contracts, or other reasons.

In other words, if Apple wants to expand to more markets, the inclusion of Dual SIM was kind of inevitable. Yet, Apple had to do it in its own Apple way!

Instead of wasting space and making room for a larger tray and a second SIM card, Apple went the eSIM way. The only exclusion here being China — since eSIM tech isn't available in that country, it will get its own model, with a tray, which can hold two SIMs. The rest of the world will get the “fancy” version.

Well, “the rest of the world” is kind of an overstatement. Apparently, there aren't many carriers around that support eSIM just yet. Here is a full list of countries and service providers that can offer that service:

Austria

  • T-Mobile

Canada

  • Bell

Croatia

  • Hrvatski Telekom

Czech Republic

  • T-Mobile

Germany

  • Telekom
  • Vodafone

Hungary

  • Magyar Telekom

India

  • Airtel
  • Reliance Jio

Spain

  • Vodafone Spain

United Kingdom

  • EE

USA

  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon

source: Apple

Related phones

iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh

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9 Comments

1. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Okay! Since China will get 2 SIM slots, and two nano SIM slots wastes space, China is definitely getting either bigger IPhones or ones with, maybe, compromised hardware. So, Preslav, which one is it?

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1573; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

none.

9. trueheart99

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Guess what, maybe there are lots of space inside to fit full 2 size sim cards? But Apple just said suck it.

2. cncrim

Posts: 1513; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

More control Apple exserting once everyone get use to esim.

3. D34ever

Posts: 191; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

So is this a feature that the carrier has to flip the switch in the near future or is it already up and running? For example, if I'm with VZ right now, and I switch to TMO 2 months later, my iPhone Xr/s will work fully?

4. Rigmaster

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

No Japan? That's the only one I really expected that isn't hear. Others will come, but it will take time. Kind of like there are many cars, but not all places have roads to support driving.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Still half Locked to Apple selected carriers, freedom yeah! Snickers.

7. p51d007

Posts: 694; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Sim's are a PITA sometimes, but I don't like the idea of e-sim...just another way to lock the phone down.

8. trueheart99

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

well... you can always use the slot for an SD card if you have no eSim to use..... wait no? you can't do that? oh bugger.

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