I do not know much about them, but the next phone I am looking to purchase (Pixel 2XL) is rumoured to come with E-SIMs (non-removable carrier writable). I am wondering how (and if) these will work with PM?
For now it is just a rumour, but I am guessing that these will be used more and more in the future.
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I know that we don't have much information right now but so far E-SIM sounds like a terrible idea right now.
- This kills the ability of simply swapping sims in unlock phones when you need it (to test another phone or just use multiple phones, etc).
- This makes you more dependant on the service provider to activate the e-sim, and may be inefficient.
- This may give the service provider more control over your unlock phone. After December 1st when the provider are required to unlock the phones, this may give them another way to lock or be dependant of them.
- This will be difficult when you are travelling with your unlock phone and you need to get the e-sim support in a foregin country.
Agreed, completely valid concerns and IMHO, I think it would cause headaches in the BYOD world. I sure hope this isn't the direction the industry is going in, not unless theres a better explaination of how E-SIM would be handled by carriers - seems a bit restrictive.
Well I am glad I asked. This will influence my next phone decision for sure (I hope the rimour is not true and I can just pop in my current Nano SIM)
It probably wont implement any time soon. Too much disdvantages from esim for most current user, unless they use the same phone and/or provider for long time.
This was also discussed in a thread from Tuesday...
My understanding is that you'd "set up" the carrier on your phone and you can easily switch between them (like the image I posted in the thread above). The question remains, however, if the electronic SIM will work with all carriers, or just the big 3? I rather like the idea, because if I make a quick trip to the US, I don't need to look for my US SIM card... but instead just switch to the US carrier directly on my phone. Pretty slick if you ask me...