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How does eSIM work on iPhone 14?

If you want to switch from Android to iOS don't worry, we tell you everything you need to know about eSIMs and their use on iPhone 14.

Brenda Beltrán

August 3, 2023

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Although the eSIM is something that we have been talking about for some time. We understand that it’s still considered a technology that is still being implemented and is just beginning to be heard. So, if you are an iPhone user or want to switch from Android to iOS due to the launch of iPhone 14 and you have never heard of eSIM, you may have many doubts.

But don’t worry; we’ll tell you everything you need to know about eSIMs and their use on iPhone 14.

iPhone 14. Source: Apple Co

What is an eSIM card?

But then, what is an eSIM card? This is a SIM card that works digitally. That is, you don’t need to buy a physical chip to use. It has the same features and functionalities as a standard SIM card. However, it’s incompatible with many cell phones.

And so, how does the eSIM work? You buy this card online or directly through an app with your trusted operator, and they will send you a QR code or pin that will allow you to download and install your eSIM on your cell phone. This is on the chip we talked about earlier.

Will iPhone 14 work with eSIM only?

Let’s start with the main topic, will the iPhone 14 only have eSIM? Yes and no, because it’ll depend on the country you are in since not all models will work with just the eSIM.

The iPhone 14 models that Apple will offer for the US will be activated exclusively with eSIM. That is, they are incompatible with the traditional SIM card. To explain, we are talking about the models A2650, A2651, A2649, and A2632. These can be activated in the United States with any of the following operators: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

The rest of the models for the other countries will have the possibility of using eSIM and nano-SIM.

iPhone 14 pro and iPhone 14 pro-Max will also have dual eSIM technology (as well as nano-SIM and eSIM). However, they are incompatible with existing micro-SIM cards. Of course, except for the United States where they can only be activated with eSIM.

Local operators offering eSIM

If you have already decided to buy an iPhone 14 and want to switch to eSIM so that you can use a SIM card in your country, here we detail the operators that offer the eSIM service and the countries where they are available.

Movistar

This is one of the operators with the greatest coverage in LATAM and Spain. So, if you are a customer of this company, you’ll be happy to know that it already has the eSIM service in several countries, among which we find: Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, and Spain.

AT&T

AT&T is one of the main operators in North America and one of the largest out there. So, of course, it should always be at the forefront, so yes, indeed if you are a user of this operator, you can buy a prepaid eSIM USA or eSIM Mexico with them. This is in Mexico and the United States.

VIVO

If you are in Brazil and want to buy an eSIM for everyday use, you can do so with VIVO, as it offers this service there.

Vodafone

As one of the main operators in Europe, with Vodafone, you can use eSIM if you live in Spain, Australia, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, Albania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Turkey, Italy, or the United Kingdom. You can also connect to many of these destinations with Holafly’s eSIM for Europe travel. For people getting an eSIM for Portugal, there are other carriers offering one, like NOS.

In other countries such as Peru, Puerto Rico, or Paraguay, the acquisition of eSIM is not yet available with a local operator. However, as it is something that becomes more popular every day due to its ease of use, they will likely begin to implement it very soon.

Dual SIM on iPhone 14

All iPhone 14 models have the possibility of becoming dual SIM devices, either eSIM + nano SIM or dual eSIM (in Pro models). So, if you already have a SIM card and the model with access to nano SIM will be distributed in your country, you shouldn’t have any problem. Moreover, you can also use an eSIM at the same time on your cell phone or just one of the two, whichever suits you best.

Similarly, if you are in the USA, you can use double eSIM in any version of your iPhone 14.

What happens if I buy an iPhone 14 in the US and return to my home country?

In case you buy your iPhone 14 in the United States, you should be able to use it without too much hassle in your country as long as one of the local operators offers eSIM and the bands that the cell phone connects to are available in your country.