iOS 12.1 beta technically enables eSIM functionality for dual SIM iPhone XS

iOS 12.1 beta technically enables eSIM functionality for dual SIM iPhone XS
Dual SIM support is a better late than never addition to the capabilities of Apple’s newest iPhone generation, but unless you live in China, you can’t actually use the feature just yet on the freshly released XS and XS Max.

That’s because iPhone XS and XS Max units sold outside of the world’s largest handset market are unable to physically accommodate two SIM cards at once. Instead, they come with something called an eSIM, which is not an entirely new technology, but now that Apple is embracing it, everyone else will probably follow suit before long.

When the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR were formally unveiled, Apple vaguely mentioned dual SIM capabilities would be enabled by a “free software update later this fall.” As it turns out, said update is the 12.1 version of iOS, already confirmed to include the highly anticipated (and sometimes mocked) Group FaceTime feature.

Apart from that, the first public beta build appears to expand on your standard cellular settings to allow adding a plan. Accessing that menu will require scanning a QR code to actually activate the embedded SIM technology or entering a few details manually.

Either way, you’ll need to contact your carrier for information on steps to follow. Currently, Apple’s list of approved wireless service providers supporting the eSIM standard consists of only 14 names across 10 countries, with Sprint likely to also join the party soon enough.

Interestingly, Deutsche Telekom seems to have started granting access to dual SIM functionality for iOS 12.1 beta testers in Germany. Other networks could follow suit in the not-too-distant future, but alas, we have no dates to share. 

No iOS 12.1 public release date, and certainly no eSIM activation dates for any specific carriers. In fact, we can’t even be sure the final, stable version of iOS 12.1 will bring the dual SIM feature to the masses. These things are always in flux.

source: 9To5Mac

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  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
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  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)
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1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I still do understand the need to have two phone numbers in one phone

2. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I think you mean not understanding benefit dual. check this out it doesn't make a lot of sense in NA, but if you live any where else dual sim very useful. Sometime in US you wish you got 2 sims, Example let's said at your home Tmobile is awesome signal but no signal at work and vice versa. the thing is in NA they cram everything in one package so it make you pay more and expensive to have 2 phone number. That's not a case in China or india, you buy what best for you and best service in the area you common go throught.

3. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

The best way I have heard is that some carriers are mean to their customers and give better pricing when contacting the same carrier, but expensive when contacting cross carrier. Kinda like how companies in the US used to give you 1k minutes and calling in your carrier wouldn't count towards it (I remember having myFaves and all of them were non-Tmobile numbers). Now we have unlimited, so it doesn't matter, so we don't know how terrible it is.

4. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Thanks for making sense man!

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