The bodily SIM card’s days could be numbered within the US

This week, the tech world turned its consideration to Apple because it introduced the most recent entries for its smartwatch lineup and — in fact — the iPhone. Whereas the iPhone 14 and 14 Professional are largely iterative updates, one large change is coming for US patrons: the bodily SIM tray is gone. It is a change that’ll solely have an effect on Apple prospects for now — a small portion of the viewers presently studying this website — but it surely’s possible only a matter of time earlier than extra producers begin to observe swimsuit.


Primarily based on our feedback part, it is clear that eSIM is a controversial device. Some individuals could not be extra excited to ditch bodily SIM playing cards and trays. Others are taking a look at it with a way more vital, even cynical, eye, remembering the times of CDMA and different service restrictions that made it troublesome — if not outright inconceivable — to leap between networks. In principle, eSIM will not function like that, although it is exhausting to belief any of the massive three within the US. Vacationers additionally appear fearful, as not each nation presently helps eSIM. The identical goes for MVNOs within the US — your favourite low-cost community won’t connect with the iPhone 14 proper out of the gate.

For Android Police readers, it is in all probability nice information that it is apple taking the lead on this one. If Android OEMs are destined to observe its lead — and once more, I do suppose we’ll transfer to an eSIM-only world over the subsequent a number of years — it is Apple prospects who need to take care of these complications proper now. In case you’re eagerly awaiting the Pixel 7, subsequent yr’s Galaxy S23, otherwise you’re simply purchasing for a brand new Android cellphone already available on the market, you need not stress about bodily SIM playing cards proper now.

That stated, I am curious what number of have truly used eSIM, both presently or up to now, and what their expertise was with it. I’ve solely used it as soon as when establishing my accomplice’s cellphone for a summer season journey to Canada. An information-only eSIM was good, permitting for information whereas touring with out charging an arm and a leg for it. It was an excellent expertise — although admittedly on an iPhone — however I nonetheless have my issues in regards to the platform as an entire.

So, have you ever used eSIM, or are you utilizing it proper now? What did you suppose? For this ballot, I am holding issues easy: choose whether or not you’ve got used eSIM and whether or not your total expertise was good or bad. I perceive that not everybody’s reply could be so lower and dry, so be at liberty to elaborate within the feedback, even for those who have been merely detached.