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Switch existing service to e-SIM

Nick_uy
Novice

Can we switch an existing physical SIM to an e-SIM?

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Hey @marciano - that sort of depends on how soon the eSIM rollout can get to a phase where existing customers can also take advantage of eSIM.

The only way you could do that currently is if you purchased one unlocked and brought it as a new BYOD device onto Visible.

Thankfully there are there are plans to enable eSIM for existing customers down the road and while we don't have an exact ETA - how cool would it be to get it right in time for iPhone 13?!?!? 😏😎

 

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Starfox
Novice III

And maybe get with the times and use QR code eSIM provisioning like the rest of the world. One can only hope.

 

— Starfox

snappyapple632
Novice III

I hope that they eventually allow us to do this.

ubar
Novice

I am still waiting for my number to be ported in from Google Fi... It has been 48 hours since I've started the process...

marciano
Novice III

This triggers a question of mine:

I am currently rocking an iPhone 7 Plus with a physical SIM.  If I upgrade to iPhone 13, could I have the option to use an eSIM rather than the physical one?

Hey @marciano - that sort of depends on how soon the eSIM rollout can get to a phase where existing customers can also take advantage of eSIM.

The only way you could do that currently is if you purchased one unlocked and brought it as a new BYOD device onto Visible.

Thankfully there are there are plans to enable eSIM for existing customers down the road and while we don't have an exact ETA - how cool would it be to get it right in time for iPhone 13?!?!? 😏😎

 

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Thanks for the info, FrugalFamily!  Much appreciated!

I don't pay too much attention to the tech stuff.  It's not my field.  But what are the advantages of using eSIM rather than a physical one, if any?

Anytime @marciano! In the wireless world - eSIM can be viewed as the successor of the nano sim, which is what most phones currently have.

Tech companies & manufacturers are constantly trying to find ways to make hardware smaller and more efficient as real estate on phones and smart devices become more valuable.

The eSIM takes up 15% less space than the nano SIM and is embedded (hence the 'e' in eSIM) and is soldered directly on to the circuit board.

This technology for instance makes it possible to have cellular service on devices like smart watches where space is really limited.

Another thing to consider is that with it being soldered there's no assembly, tray, ejector spring etc... again saving a lot of space.

What this means is that people no longer have to go into a store to get a sim and activate it - like with Visible activation is all done through an app.

Because there is no SIM card to take in and out of your phone anymore - it may be more difficult when you want to lend your phone to a family member.

Previously you could just swap out compatible sims in the tray - now you'll have to reregister your eSIM between carriers every time you mad the swap - maybe this will be something that will become smoother in the future as the technology develops.

One upside is that since the SIM is 'baked in' - anyone stealing your phone would have a harder time popping out a SIM and disabling cellular tracking.

Hope this helps - many phones in the US like the current iPhone 12 for instance have dual SIM support - one soldered eSIM and a nano SIM tray.

Who knows, with Visible now supporting eSIM we may just get an Apple Watch plan sooner than we think! 🙏🤞🙏