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macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Mar 18, 2010
I want to upgrade my work phone to an iPhone 14, but it is not possible to switch the account to an esim. It needs to stay physical for now. I also would like the option to drop in local sims on my travels.

I am sure that esims will proliferate in the future, but I like the fast ability to switch physical sims.

I will be travelling in the next few months to a place where they sell international version of iPhone.

Are there any limitations to bringing an one back with me?

I understand that warranty replacement would probably be a esim model, but are there any other considerations?


macrumors 6502a
Mar 8, 2004
American living in Canada
I live in Canada so have a sim tray in mine. I debated going across the border to get one without but decided it would be useful. Glad I did since my Canadian carrier requires me to pay up each time I want a new QR Code for an eSim so I'm happy to still use my physical sim. Going to the US this fall it has been really handy using the eSim with T-mobile since it's so much cheaper than roaming with my Canadian carrier with my 14 pro. I might suggest getting the Canadian model since the wireless spectrums are essentially the same. The Canadian one doesn't have the 5mm spectrum but I hear that's not used much anyway.


macrumors 6502
Oct 9, 2003
I bought a Canadian iPhone 14 Pro to be able to use a SIM card, which is more flexible for international travel. I’m on AT&T, and I get 5G without any problems. However, since the Canadian models don’t support mmWave frequencies, I’m not sure if I would get 5G+. AT&T doesn’t even offer that where I live, so it doesn’t affect me.
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