T-Mobile Becomes Third U.S. Carrier to Offer eSIM Support on iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

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    T-Mobile today announced the launch of its new T-Mobile eSIM app (via VentureBeat), designed to allow iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max users to sign up for T-Mobile as a second carrier via the eSIM feature in the newest iPhones.

    U.S. customers who want to try T-Mobile, existing customers that want separate lines, and people traveling to the United States can add T-Mobile as a secondary prepaid line to any iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR using the new T-Mobile app.

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    T-Mobile is offering three different prepaid eSIM plans:


    [*]T-Mobile ONE Prepaid with unlimited voice, text, and data for $70; 30 day expiry
    [*]Simply Prepaid with unlimited voice, text, and 10GB of LTE data for $40; 30 day expiry
    [*]Tourist Plan with 1000 minutes, unlimited text, and 2GB of LTE data for $30; 21 day expiry

    Adding T-Mobile as a secondary carrier on a device is as simple as downloading the T-Mobile eSIM app, entering an email address, and following the activation steps within the app.

    At the current time, T-Mobile is only offering prepaid eSIM plans, but the carrier says it will also offer postpaid ongoing eSIM plans in the future. For those looking for an immediate postpaid solution to add an ongoing T-Mobile service plan as a secondary eSIM option to an iPhone, our forum members have outlined a possible solution that some users have been able to get working.

    The eSIM, or digital SIM, is designed to let new iPhone users activate a cellular plan from a carrier without the need to use a physical SIM card.

    With eSIM support, dual-SIM functionality is available on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, enabled through the existing physical SIM slot and the eSIM in all countries with the exception of China. In China, the new iPhones have two SIM card slots.

    T-Mobile is the third U.S. carrier to implement support for the eSIM, following Apple's activation of the feature in iOS 12.1. Verizon and AT&T both added eSIM support to their services last week.

    The T-Mobile eSIM app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: T-Mobile Becomes Third U.S. Carrier to Offer eSIM Support on iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR
     
  2. avatar77 macrumors member

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    Disappointed it's not yet available for postpaid. That absurd $25 SIM charge must be hard to quit.
     
  3. michael31986 macrumors 68040

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    Ugh can we get post paid. Seems no carrier does post paid yet.
     
  4. cmaier Suspended

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    So once you sign up, does it auto bill each month, and how do you quit?
     
  5. lyngo macrumors 6502a

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    I just did an EID switch through business chat and now my postpaid account is on my eSIM on my XR iPhone. Maybe this will help others.
     
  6. freezah macrumors member

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    Woohoo! Bravo T-Mobile, finally as a foreigner I won’t need to bring two phones nor change SIM cards at the airport when arriving US.
     
  7. ferric macrumors newbie

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    Got the app, says my phone is locked or incompatible. I already have a Verizon eSIM AMand bought the phone from Apple! I am overseas though so maybe that’s why.
     
  8. AngerDanger macrumors 601

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    I'd like to be the first to announce that AngerFi will be entirely compatible with T-Mobile devices. AngerFi will guarantee full bars everywhere. Making the switch is easy: send over your first $30 payment, wait 2–3 business days to receive a SignalEnhancer, and apply it directly to your device!

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  9. cmaier Suspended

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    You try too hard.
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    You already have a verizon esim. You can only have one esim at a time.
     
  10. catean macrumors 6502

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    This will make my life a lot easier next time when I will travel to US.
     
  11. itguy06 macrumors 6502a

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    I dono, for many the $40 10GB LTE and unlimited offer is hard to beat.
     
  12. gim macrumors 6502

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    Yes! This is incredibly comfortable for people who are traveling to the U.S.
    Really looking forward to using this
     
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    so wait, will it be possible to convert an existing T-Mobile ONE plan to ESIM?
     
  14. crawfish963 macrumors 6502a

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    Same here, took me a few reps to find one willing to do it. They asked if it was for eSIM and I denied knowing what eSIM was

    Once they activated, it worked in about 10 seconds. I have 2 postpaid accounts, both with TMO and both are working fine.
     
  15. Mr. C. macrumors newbie

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    Am I interpreting this correctly that an existing pre-paid plan/number (nano SIM) currently can’t be used with eSIM?
     
  16. joueboy macrumors 68000

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    I don't quite understand the implementation of eSIM, isn't supposed your original carrier should take that spot? Just so when you decide to travel just buy a regular SIM on your destination pop it in then you're good to go.
     
  17. cmaier Suspended

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    Or the reverse. When you get to your destination, just download an app or scan a QR-code, and you’re good to go.

    For years I’ve bought internet access for my iPad on-the-fly using the ipad’s esim. Much easier than having to stop by a store or machine to buy a sim.
     
  18. joueboy macrumors 68000

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    You make it should easy but that's not how the rest of the world works considering that even in the US it took them forever to support this, yes that's easy if you travel from US to Europe. But for some countries in Asia they're not that capable yet and you have to buy SIM cards off the street.
     
  19. cmaier Suspended

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    And in china apple supports two physical sims. But before long it will be that easy - iPhone will be the reason carriers will get on board. Huge potential customer base.
     
  20. justperry macrumors G3

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    I have said this many times here on this forum yet some don't understand the convenience of eSim.
    What's more convenient than registering with the provider even before you arrive in a country, as soon as you arrive you are connected, instead of buying a SIM card upon arrival, fiddling with SIM cards.
     
  21. catean macrumors 6502

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    Or you can use GigSky, TruPhone or Ubigi for data with your eSIM all around the globe, while maintaining your normal phone number for voice and text in the SIM card slot.
     
  22. justperry macrumors G3

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    Those prices, better get a local sim, much-MUCH cheaper provided you already have an eSim for your normal number...or the other way around.
     
  23. itpro82 macrumors newbie

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  24. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    I don't see why not all your doing really is swapping a physical SIM for one built into your phone. I don't think its rocket science I just think the carriers are trying to streamline the process.
     
  25. itpro82 macrumors newbie

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    Very much so. All you have to do it go the round about way with T-Mobile. AT&T has card they give you with QR code VZ does it on the app. What Most worried about why it taking so long for T-Mobile they are wanting to another carrier but yet they cant get eSIM up for Post Paid
     

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