With today’s latest release of iOS 12.1.1, even more carriers around the world are enabling eSIM support on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR, which allows for the dual-SIM functionality on these devices.
As reported on Apple’s website, the latest carriers that are supporting the newest eSIM feature includes AT&T in the U.S., Rogers and Fido in Canada, 3 in Denmark and Sweden, ORange in Poland and Spain, Telia in Estonia and Finland, Telenor in Norway, Swisscom and Sunrise in Switzerland, Vodafone in Qatar, and other select carriers around the world.
Within Asia, the newest eSIM feature can now be used with 1010, CSL, China Mobile, and SmarTone in Hong Kong, M1 in Singapore; Airtel and Reliance Jio in India, and AIS dtac, and including True Move in Thailand.
AT&T’s website also has confirmed that it will support eSIM in the latest iPhone’s as of iOS 12.1.1, while Apple’s website continues to state that Verizon and T-Mobile will offer the eSIM service “sometime later this year”. We have also heard from a few people that Verizon may also enable support on Friday, though this is strictly word of mouth of course.
It also seems that this rollout of eSIM functionality on iPhones is hit or miss at this point in time, as a MacRumors tipster claims that they have setup eSIM with T-Mobile on the newest 12.9″ iPad Pro, while others have had no luck at all. The ball is definitely rolling, though, so hopefully eSIM support is more widespread by the year’s end.
The eSIM or digital SIM, is a non-physical SIM card slot which pairs with the physical SIM card in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR to enable Dual-SIM dual standby, which is a feature which let’s iPhone users have two phone numbers available at once, which is useful for both travel or both person and work lines on a single phone.