We are in another vista in mobile technology, thanks to corporations like Apple which has introduced the e-SIM technology into its latest products , iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. There is no doubt that in the near future, mobile operators around the world might do away with the physical SIM cards altogether. But what is e-SIM and how does it stack up against the physical SIM cards? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this latest technology.
The iPhone XS and XS Max feature dual SIM capabilities which requires two physical SIM Cards for the China market and single physical and single e-SIM for the other countries of the world. However, if you are in most other countries, you will need to wait longer before accessing the benefits of the e-SIM capability as only 10 countries in the world currently have networks that offer e-SIMs. Even in those countries, it is not all the operators that offer e-SIM support. This is an obvious disadvantage of the new technology as operators around the world are going to need sometime to come up to speed with the new technology.
Several advantages abound as far as e-SIMs are concerned and the first is that after buying a new phone, there will no longer be any need to open a SIM tray to insert e-SIM. Hence, you will be saved from going through the hassle of cutting a SIM card to a micro or nano size with the danger of physical damage to your SIM. This moment will arrive when mobile phone makers inevitably stop making phones with receptacles for physical SIM cards.
e-SIMs are particularly good for international travelers as they will no longer need to get a physical SIM cards when they are in another country in order to continue to communicate to their contacts. This also eliminates the need for them to roam their local lines, thereby saving money, time and stress.
Most operators have never liked the idea of e-SIMs. This is is because it affords a subscriber the ability to jettison an operator in record time. In other words, you can simply delete an operator from your phone and add another operator. It simply makes network porting very easy.
Meanwhile e-SIMs also carry other headaches for a subscriber. Since the SIM card is embedded in your phone, you can no longer simply pop out your SIM and put it in another phone when your battery is flat or when your phone is unexpectedly damaged.Market forces will sure determine when e-SIMs will take hold in the technology world.