Apple released a new support page explaining several “options and benefits” for utilizing eSIMs while travelling abroad in response to complaints from some customers regarding the elimination of the SIM card tray on all iPhone 14 models sold in the United States.
Since an eSIM cannot be taken out of a lost or stolen iPhone, Apple claims it is more secure than a conventional SIM. According to Apple, eSIMs do away with the need to buy, carry, and exchange physical SIM cards or wait for them to come in the mail.
According to the support page, the iPhone 13 and newer can have two eSIMs active at once, while the iPhone XS and newer can store eight or more eSIMs.
The support guide notes that this “may, for example, comprise one eSIM for your house and another eSIM for the place you’re visiting.” Simply by altering your settings in Settings, you can switch which of your saved eSIMs is active.
Customers wishing to acquire an eSIM from a local carrier while travelling overseas, roam internationally with their current carrier, or buy a prepaid data eSIM from a global service provider can find information in the support document.
According to Apple, users can use an unlocked iPhone 14 model purchased in the United States to activate it with more than 400 carriers that accept eSIM in 100 markets worldwide. According to Apple, numerous international service providers also provide prepaid eSIM data plans for extended use in various nations.
Some people have voiced worries about eSIM availability when using an eSIM-only iPhone 14 model from the United States while travelling abroad.
Austin Mann, a travel photographer, said in his review of the iPhone 14 Pro camera that he was “a bit concerned about the practicality of an eSIM-only approach for travelers with US iPhones who frequently visit the developing world,” adding that he typically buys a local SIM card in countries where he travels to make communication with people within the country easier and less expensive. Even though Mann expects to travel to East Africa next summer and would be happy to get rid of his collection of real SIM cards, he claims he hasn’t been able to find out how to do so.
The support guide is unlikely to make unhappy customers happy, but it is a useful tool for eSIM technology usage.