The Benefits of eSIMS & Why You Need to Get Yours with Globe


Say hello to the future of mobile technology



We know what SIM cards are, but what do they really do?


Subscriber Identity Module cards have long been connecting us to our mobile devices and our cellular networks with unique mobile numbers. Time-tested and reliable, to say that they’re an everyday essential is an understatement. Despite the regular SIM card’s importance in the day-to-day, there’s a new player on the scene: the embedded SIM (eSIM). The technology was first introduced in 2013 by GSM Alliance (GSMA), the association of mobile networks and has ultimately laid the framework for eSIMs globally.


The first manufacturer to launch a device sporting an eSIM was Samsung with its Gear S2 3F in 2016. The tech didn’t catch on as quickly, though—not until Apple used the eSIM in its Apple Watch Series 3 release.


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eSIMs aim to replace the traditional removable SIMs, opening more opportunities for mobile network operators and manufacturers. As its “embedded” name suggests, these are soldered into a device’s mainboard.


Let’s take a deep dive to know more about eSIMs, their advantage, and why they’re more than worthy of your attention.


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eSIMs are rewritable

The eSIM retains the functionality of traditional SIMs, but eliminates the limitations of the physical card. For it to work, you have to choose an eSIM-compatible operator.


If you ever find yourself wanting to swap networks, you can make one simple phone call to your telecom customer support center and they’ll rewrite your eSIM to work with a new phone number, eliminating the delay in switching networks. Connecting your eSIM compatible devices to a mobile account can be done faster.


They’re more secure

GSMA continues to work with mobile network operators (MNOs) and other stakeholders to strengthen its security parameters, encryption, and transportation of operator credentials.


But what if your eSIM device gets stolen? Simple—remotely deactivate it as soon as it’s powered on and is registered on a new network by using SIM provisioning (over-the-air updates). The virtual eSIM makes it harder for people to take advantage of a lost or stolen device.


eSIMs help save data storage space

Traditional SIM cards can accommodate data storage of 8KB to 256KB. With such limited space, your device can carry only more than 250 contacts. The eSIM grants a little more wiggle room for storage and increases the number of device connections by extending reach via the cloud. For instance, eSIMs enable multiple active phone numbers and data plans for the latest iPhones.


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Brands have begun incorporating eSIMs into their devices

Wearable devices such as Apple Watch Series 3, Samsung Gear S2 and S3 are already eSIM-enabled in select markets. Apple’s latest handsets are also equipped with the new technology. Google has also rolled out its Pixel 2 supporting the new technology. However, it was only released in the US to kickstart the company’s Project Fi.


It eliminates the need for physical SIM cards

The significant advantage of the eSIM is that it removes the need for individual SIMs. With eSIMs, you no longer have to jump from one SIM card to another each time you need to change networks. You can also upgrade devices in a breeze by registering your new device with your cellular network provider.


Also, eSIMs eliminate the need for a SIM card slot. That’s right—it’s officially time to say goodbye to the hassle of pushing your sim tray open. Moreover, this allows for slimmer and more compact devices. Manufacturers can free up space for other useful components that improve the device’s features. It also helps improve IP ratings and dust resistance. Headphone jacks are removed for the same reason: to make room for more advanced technology.


The eSIM will take over the future

We’ll be upfront: adopting the eSIM can be a challenge. Majority of customers are still using regular SIM cards and it won’t be easy to convince them to make the shift, so it’s going to take some time before the eSIM takes over the mainstream.


Despite this and with the rise of 5G networks, there will be big changes in mobile and internet connectivity. The eSIM will play a significant role in maximizing the cutting-edge network technology, as it will allow devices to optimize 5G’s processing power with its impressive speed and unparalleled connectivity.


How can you get your hands on an eSIM?

It won’t be long until you find yourself in the market looking to shop for eSIM-enabled gadgets. At present, there are only 10 other countries who offer eSIM support including the United States, Canada, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Globe Telecom is proud to be the first to introduce the eSIM technology in the Philippines. This move consistently aligns with the its commitment to supporting environmental sustainability efforts by limiting the use of plastics in SIM activation.


Consumers can now take advantage of the full power of the eSIM with the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Although eSIM-enabled devices are only available through Globe Postpaid plans, this will surely transform the digital lifestyle of Filipinos. Experience the eSIM technology first and be part of the next generation with Globe Postpaid.



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