When Apple announced the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, it also announced that they would support eSIM, allowing users to have two lines connected to their iPhones at the same time.
However, launch time came and went and a software update was needed to add the feature, and even then carriers were slow to catch on. That seems to now be easing, with Apple updating its own support documents to say that eSIM support is now available across 24 different countries and 45 carriers.
That’s quite an improvement on the previous ten countries, and available carriers.
According to Apple, the new list of supported countries and carriers includes the following additions:
- Canada – Fido, Lucky Mobile, Rogers
- Croatia – Hrvatski Telekom
- Denmark – 3
- Estonia – Telia
- Finland – Telia
- Hong Kong – 1O1O, csl, China Mobile Hong Kong, SmarTone, 3
- Kuwait – Ooredoo
- Norway – Telenor
- Poland – Orange
- Qatar – Ooredoo, Vodafone
- Singapore – M1
- Spain – Movistar, Orange, Vodafone Spain
- Sweden – 3, Tele2
- Switzerland – Sunrise, Swisscom
- Taiwan – APT
- Thailand – AIS, dtac, True Move H
- United Arab Emirates – du, Etisalat, Virgin Mobile
- United States – Verizon, AT&T
It’s likely that additional carriers are adding support more quickly than Apple can update its support documents, so if your carrier is not listed it may well be worth checking with the company’s customer support representatives before making any decisions. If your carrier is indeed live, Apple describes eSIM as:
Your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR can have two cellular plans, one on a nano-SIM card and the other on an eSIM. Find out which wireless carriers in your country or region offer cellular plans on an eSIM, either activated by QR code or in an app. If your iPhone is unlocked, you can also use eSIM plans offered by other carriers
If eSIM support is available in your region and supported by your carrier, you can get started with enabling eSIM support on your brand new iPhone by heading over to our guide here: Enable eSIM With Dual-SIM Support On iPhone XS / Max / XR, Here’s How.
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