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Should manufacturers transition to eSIM-only devices?

Smart integrated circuit cards. They link our mobile devices and phone numbers to a communication system so that we may make and receive calls, texts, and other messages. The problem is that those tiny chips have been there for decades and have only shrunk in size. As a result, many modern products only need eSIMs, or integrated SIM cards.

Although eSIM cards have been around for a while, they are quickly becoming the norm due to their widespread availability on Android Wear smartwatches and the expanding eSIM compatibility on Android smartphones. In reality, many modern gadgets work with both traditional SIM cards and eSIMs.

However, with the release of the iPhone 14, Apple is beginning to force eSIM upon U.S. consumers as the only viable SIM choice. As soon as Apple implements a new adjustment like this, it seems inevitable that other OEMs will follow suit. But in your opinion, is this a good idea for smartphone makers?

The carriers promote eSIM’s advantages, including its speedier activation, its greater accessibility when travelling, and its increased security in comparison to traditional SIM cards. Some customers, however, have complained that the technology is not worth the hassle it causes.

The author of Android Central, Andrew Myrick, had a less-than-stellar time porting his main phone number to the new iPhone 14 Pro Max. Unfortunately, after following the instructions given by Verizon to activate the number, he was left without service for around 24 hours.

Carriers don’t seem to be on the same page when it comes to eSIM on smartphones, despite their familiarity with eSIM on smartwatches. A quick look at Apple’s support website reveals that the company offers many activation and transfer options, some of which may not be supported by carriers.