iPhone XR Is anyone else furious about the lack of eSIM support?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by GFLPraxis, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2008
    Zurich, Switzerland
    Well, for what it's worth I switched to Swisscom eSIM this week for my main contract. It was mostly painless, except that I am on a corporate plan and don't have access to our customer-portal, where the QR code which activates the eSIM is displayed. They sent it by email and walked me through it by phone (your physical SIM is deactivated the moment an eSIM is generated for the number).

    Why do this? I am on-call every couple of weeks and I'm going to put the on-call SIM of the on-call phone (a Pixel 3) into my XR, so I only have to carry one phone even when on-call.
    The on-call phone used to be a Galaxy Note 3 and I put that SIM via an adaptor into the phone that was the on-call phone before that, a trusty iPhone 3G (without S). Not sure if you can get an adaptor for the nano-SIMs, but I honestly wanted a phone with better battery life anyway...

    As a bonus, if I need to have a local SIM when on holiday, this is now possible, too.
  2. comptr macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2007
    Verizon offers eSIM, I have had it since December of last year. I just had to chat with CS and they were able to switch me to eSim.
  3. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    There are some signs in iOS that you’re right about that.

    But having said that, I have been using my main T-Mobile plan on an eSIM ever since the workaround became known, and it has performed flawlessly.
  4. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    I think that perhaps what iOS did not anticipate was that so many of us would want two plans that were active all of the time.

    For me, my cheap and speedy T-Mobile plan is working all of the time, and a cheap Verizon MVNO (Xfinity Mobile) is my backup for those very rare times that T-Mobile doesn't have coverage and Verizon does.

    But Xfinity Mobile does not support eSIM in any way, including Apple Watch.

    So T-Mobile cellular data plan ended up on the eSIM and Xfinity Mobile ended up as the physical SIM, all iOS proclivities notwithstanding.

  5. IPolo1106 macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2017
    Just to be clear you have T-Mobile physical sim and at&t es I’m?
    If this is correct how did you set this up because I have T-Mobile but at&t told me I had to gave my main line with them is that true?
  6. alphaswift macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2014
    Furious? No. A phone supporting or not supporting eSIM shouldn't make anyone furious.
  7. OBirder macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2015
    I took an unlocked phone and asked to get a prepaid plan on SIM card. I didn't mention T-Mobile and I didn't mention eSIM. I took the $0.25 plan and loaded $30. I gave them my phone and loaded the SIM and did the setup. They allowed me out of a list of 10 phone numbers which one I would like.

    At the end I asked them if I could buy 2 blue eSIM cards for $5 each.

    Once at home I setup the account with a PIN. Then I went into the chat and asked them if I could update the SIM on the account. I gave them the number from the blue card. I never mentioned the word "eSIM".

    A few days later I did the same with my wife's phone. Different people, but with the same result.

    AT&T has an App which will allow you to change your prepaid plan to your liking.

    So far it works very well.
  8. OBirder macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2015
    I have the exact same reason and should mention the T-Mobile international benefits. However since I found a way to get prepaid AT&T I used the same tactic, but kept T-Mobile on SIM and AT&T on eSIM. The AT&T prepaid costs me a little less than $9 a month per line (I only need it as backup in rare cases - mainly text message). For now with T-Mobile and AT&T prepaid I pay less what I paid before on an AT&T only postpaid plan with significant increased benefits.

    Love the Dual SIM setup!

    It has to be assumed that the MVNO providers will eventually follow with eSIM and then I may try a different eSIM provider. I would love to try a Verizon MVNO.

    But as someone mentioned, no need to be furious. I work with what's available now.
  9. an-other macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2011
    I still carry two phones. I was looking forward to eSim to consolidate to one. The lack of support at launch killed the momentum for me, so I'll be back in the queue to upgrade this September. Fingers crossed things will have advanced.
  10. sbuntin macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2011
    Portland OR
    Yes, I'm pissed. The eSIM (and the carriers' stated plans to support it) was a large part of my decision to purchase the XS. If TM can support it on pre-paid, then they can do it on post-paid too. In fact, they've proven it does work, as some people have had some success getting their account switched over to the eSIM by phrasing it as a "SIM swap". They just don't want to, for whatever reason.

    Perhaps they're delaying so they can rebrand the "SIM starter kit" as an activation fee, or IMEI activation fee, or something like that, so they can get their $25.

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