Despite the belief that it would be ready for the iPhone XS and iPhone XR launches, support for eSIM technology was non-existent in the United States when Apple made its latest phones available. eSIMs are required by users who want to be able to use two phone numbers from one iPhone, and AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint all failed to get their ducks in a row in time for the big launch.
Now it looks like at least one of them is getting a little closer, with Verizon said to be ready to launch in December.
According to an internal Verizon memo that 9to5Mac was able to obtain, the company believes that it will have dual SIM activations for both eSIM and physical SIMs ready by early October.
Currently, the iPhone does not support high-speed Verizon service when used in a Dual SIM configuration, dropping down to the 2G CDMA network rather than LTE. This was especially problematic in certain geographies where Verizon has switched to offering LTE-only coverage.
As a result of these limitations, Verizon said it would not be activating service on any eSIM nor officially support Dual SIM activations.
At the launch last month, Verizon said they believed the software limitations would be resolved quickly with Apple’s cooperation. This latest memo indicates that it will stick to its promise and deliver eSIM and Dual SIM to iPhone XS and iPhone XR customers before the end of the year.
It’s believed that the December timeframe will tie in with Apple also releasing iOS 12.1.1, and update that will apparently make carrier support for eSIM an easier proposition for US networks. While this is good news for Verizon, customers of other US-based carriers are still in the dark.
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