Other Thanks to eSim, the XR/XS Just became data-only (eligible) devices!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gottafly, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. gottafly macrumors regular

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    I have not heard it mentioned yet, so I thought I might point out the fact that Apple’s newest line-up of iPhones are FINALLY eligible to serve as “data-only” eligible devices, just like the iPad cellular line-up, thanks to the implementation of eSim technology.

    This is due to the fact that the eSim allows for a new line to be added that serves as a data only line. (GigSky and many others). The eSim does NOT necessarily need to be activated as a PHONE line. (At least not on unlocked devices)

    This will have a number of implications, not the least of which is the ability to move to a less expensive data-only plan while still offering phone/sms functionality provided by the many VOIP and similar apps & services.

    This could also lead to increased competition for your cellular $$, and falling rates to go along with it. (T-mobile, are you listening?) Think “buy-as-you-go” data plans, rather than monthly voice&data plans...

    Anyway, I’m sure others will chime in w/ the pluses and minus’, but personally, I’m excited about the potential.
     
  2. JPack macrumors 68040

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    I don't see how this is related to eSIM.

    Plenty of people are using tablet data-only plans in their smartphones. Carriers roll out two-tiered pricing for data-only tablet plans vs. smartphone plans to maximize profit, not because of limitations with the technology.
     
  3. gottafly thread starter macrumors regular

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    “Plenty of people are using tablet data-only plans in their smartphones”....in their smartphones or in their iPhones (non-jailbroken)?

    And this now works in their 2018 iPhones via eSim or nano-sim, BTW.
     
  4. JPack macrumors 68040

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    Smartphones includes iPhones. This has been working for years.
     
  5. ImAnAgent macrumors regular

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    Another nice benefit is that phones can't be blacklisted anymore while using the eSim.
     
  6. Ffosse macrumors 68000

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  7. JPack macrumors 68040

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    That’s not true either. The phone still has an IMEI that can be blacklisted. Even if you didn’t know that, common sense would tell you carriers would never allow such a thing.

    This is quickly becoming the thread of untruths.
     
  8. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    Why would that be a benefit?
     
  9. timeconsumer macrumors 68000

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    It would be a benefit to those who buy a used iPhome from a seller who isn’t upfront about the device being blacklisted.
     
  10. ImAnAgent macrumors regular

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    Because the phone can still be used if you haven't paid off the phone.
     

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