T-Mobile is preparing to activate the eSIM feature for the 5G Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series in the United States. Though physical SIM cards are far from obsolete, eSIM adoption is gradually increasing in countries such as the United States.
Only the most recent Apple iPhone models and Google Pixel units in the United States support eSIM technology, which allows users to connect to their carriers’ networks. Apple’s iPhones have had dual SIM functionality with a nano-SIM and an eSIM since the iPhone XS.
This means that instead of using a physical SIM card that is inserted into the appropriate slot on a phone, the user’s carrier activates a wireless chip mounted on the handset’s motherboard. Since the SIM tray can be built out of the device, using an eSIM has the advantage of allowing a device to be physically smaller.
If you have two lines, or if you’re traveling and need a physical slot for an international SIM, it could be very useful, and the fact that it is more convenient because you don’t have to insert and remove physical SIM cards. Even though the system has been around for a long time, it is still not as widely used as physical SIMs in the United States, due to the fact that only a few phones support it.
However, it isn’t a major thing right now, many phones in the United States still lack eSIM support due to carriers, despite the fact that some of them have eSIM hardware.
Thanks to this update, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first phone in North America to support eSIM. iPhones and Google’s Pixel phones are the only other choices in the US for ditching physical SIM cards.
Many other versions, such as the Galaxy S21, can theoretically use digital SIMs, but subscribers must first have the feature activated by their carriers.
Although there is no news on whether eSIM support would be available for the Galaxy S21, it would seem reasonable to assume that it would be for this year’s first flagship season. The update will fix some bugs and boost security in addition to allowing the eSIM function to be enabled.
An eSIM Card Manager will be added to the OneUI settings menu once the update is complete, allowing users to move networks more easily.
T-Mobile first introduced eSIM support for the iPhone in 2018, and the feature has since been enabled for Pixel users. If you haven’t yet enabled an eSIM for your phone number, visit T-Mobile’s page for guidance.
Let’s say you want to switch networks when on the go, and you want to go from Big Red to Team Magenta. Instead of struggling to get a new Team Magenta SIM card, you can swap carriers with eSIM by pressing a few buttons on your screen. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.