GigSky Announces eSIM Support for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    GigSky, a company that offers pay-as-you-go cellular data plans in more than 190 countries around the world, today announced that it now supports the eSIM in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

    eSIM-based GigSky data plans are available on Apple's new devices through the latest version of the GigSky World Mobile Data app, which was updated today.


    Adding a GigSky data plan when traveling can be done by downloading the app on an iPhone XR, XS Max, or XS running iOS 12.1 or later. GigSky says that built-in data connectivity will activate the eSIM with a cellular data only plan with no need to acquire a GigSky physical SIM card.

    GigSky offers data bundles from 300MB to 5GB, which span from one day to 30 days. Pricing in select regions in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean starts at $10 for 300MB of data. For other countries not included in these regional plans, pricing and data caps vary.

    GigSky is one of the only ways for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max customers to use the eSIM on the new iPhones at the current time.

    Apple implemented eSIM support in the recent iOS 12.1 update, but no U.S. carriers support it at this time. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are working to implement support later this year.

    In other countries, eSIM functionality is available from various carriers, with Apple providing a list of all the carriers around the world that support the eSIM at the current time.

    Article Link: GigSky Announces eSIM Support for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR
  2. DrJohnnyN Suspended


    Jan 27, 2010
  3. egodspeed macrumors newbie


    Dec 1, 2012
    TruPhone also supports the ESIM. TruPhone and GigSky seem like small timers in comparison and even use the US carrier networks as a MVNO. So, the MVNOs know how to "ESIM" and the big timers don't? I don't get it. It's almost embarrassing how slow the US carriers are moving to get their support out there.

    Verizon/Sprint/AT&T/T-Mobile? Hello? Are you there?
  4. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
  5. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    I am not a native english speaker but this wording sounds kinda funny?? Shouldn't it say "the only way"?
  6. yyjerseyian macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2009
    In Apple's eSIM support document, GigSky is listed at available at a later day this year presumbaly they haven't updated their document to reflect GigSky's eSIM availability yet. Also, Truphone was listed available (already)
  7. egodspeed macrumors newbie


    Dec 1, 2012
    No. It's written correctly.
  8. NomadicTy macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2007
    Since 98% of the calls I get in my cell now are robocalls, scams, etc, someone should just offer all data plans. But with more reasonable pricing that Gigsky.
  9. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    hm ok thx. :)
  10. DJMarty macrumors newbie


    Jul 15, 2016
    They are getting owned on this....
  11. NomadicTy macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2007
    By the way, anybody what kind of speeds one get with Gigsky? I'm planning to go to Chile in two weeks.

    I was kind of upset T-Mobile haven't come up with their support for eSIM, but maybe I'll keep T-Mo in physical sim and just Gigsky for (faster) data in Chile... Still Gigsky prices are like US data pricing -- basically ripoffs when compared to overseas.
  12. chillenandy321 macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2013
    Orlando, Florida
    I second this on data speeds :)
  13. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Eh, not really. They’re probably just figuring out a way to add extra fees to accounts that request eSIMs. Once they bring the eSIM functionality to the table, there is a 99% chance they will be owning their customers yet again.
  14. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    It would only say "the only way" if it was the only way. Since you can access esim through TruPhone, GigSky isn't the only way... just one them.
  15. rotax macrumors regular

    May 17, 2010
    AT&T's International Passport prices are over double that of GigSky.
  16. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    When I go to Europe, this is what I'll use from now on. Spent 2 weeks in Bermuda and Verizon charged me $5 per day to use the data I already paid for. They charge $2 a day in Canada and I think $3 in Europe.
  17. diego.caraballo macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2013
    I recently contacted and they are in talks with Apple to offer eSim support.
    Tep is the cheaper one, it costs 8.95/day for unlimited internet. Right now they offer the service with a hotspot,
    but having the eSIM version will be a killer one.
    (If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs)
  18. Khedron macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2013
    Pricing in select regions in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean starts at $10 for 300MB


    Those prices are ridiculous. Even Apple is put to shame by those margins.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 7, 2018 ---
    If you had a proper dual SIM phone just buy a local SIM and get data for 10 times cheaper
  19. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    The least GigSky can do is match T-Mobile's International Pass ($5/day for 512 MB). Considering GigSky only offers data, these plans are at least 2x overpriced.
  20. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    But the difference is I can go to another country, connect to WiFi and sign up for one of these plans, whereas, if I head out without already having signed up with T-Mobile, I either have to go get a local SIM which isn't always convenient, I roam with my existing carrier, or SOL.

    It's always a battle of value vs convenience.

    I have been very satisfied with the AT&T "Day Pass" at $10/day unlimited calls, text, and data (LTE where available) from my domestic bucket (which is unlimited). I used to pay for a separate line at $120 [with tax] that has unlimited international roaming data, but unless I was traveling more than 12 days a month, it wasn't worth it anymore.
  21. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    This is much better than Verizons $10/day to use your data abroad. My recent trip to Paris was $70 instead of the $15-20 for this.
  22. Breaking Good macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2012
    In all fairness (and since I came to Sprint's defense on this previously) Sprint needs to step this up also.

    Sprint shouldn't get a pass just because they haven't announced their intentions (or don't have any intentions) in regards to implementing eSIM technology.

    eSIM technology will make it easier for consumers to switch between cellular providers which will which will help to increase competition.

    I say all this as somone who supports the T-Mo/Sprint merger.

    Of course, the cellular carriers have a huge incentive to NOT implement eSIM technology because it will increase compeition. So it would be great if Apple would show the "courage" (see that I did there) to eliminate the SIM tray in the next iPhone.
  23. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I believe the delay is due to all of them working up new pricing schemes and packages involving the eSIM. They want some way to extract more money from customers. I don't buy their current song and dance excuse.
  24. cjake macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
  25. BearsFan34 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2007
    Chicagoland, IL
    This is very likely what I'll do next time I travel internationally. In a foreign country, tired from a long flight, and just needing data--buying a SIM at the airport is what I've done.

    Yes. I know it's outrageously expensive that way. Sure, I can pre-load maps/navigation before landing. Then Uber/cab/hired car to the hotel & find a store on the way. Again, traveler fatigue.

    Personally, I feel better knowing I can de-plane and instantly (after customs) put a local SIM in my phone and get data. I've not found an international cell carrier that I can contact from the 'States and arrange for them to send me a SIM I'll pay for ahead of time (if you know of one in the UK/Europe, @ me).

    This option seems like the best. No physical SIM swapping; pay online for just the data I want, all electronically done. If it works as advertised, I'm in.

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