The iPhone 13, a smartphone with dual eSIM devices support 

Over time, eSIM resistance has slowly turned into acceptance. Apple initiated the trend in 2011 when it was granted a patent to create a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) platform that allowed network providers to place bids for rights to provide their services to Apple's customers. In 2014, Apple released the Apple SIM, its own SIM card, which was integrated into the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 tablets to allow customers to select their network operators dynamically and directly from the device. 

In doing so, Apple successfully disrupted the way we use SIM cards and end customers have become aware of the advantages of freely selecting their networks. 

Nowadays, although smartphone users are generally excited by their phone's camera capability, screen resolution and battery life, more and more end users are recognizing the advantage of being able to freely select your network, prompting major smartphone manufacturers to integrate the technology in their offer. 

This trend is embodied by the recent arrival of the iPhone 13.   

eSIM Smartphones 

Apple iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro Max 
Apple iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 12 Mini 
Apple iPhone SE (2020) 
Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max 
Apple iPhone XS, XS Max 
Apple iPhone XR 
  

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G 
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G 
Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra 
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE 
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Ultra 5g 
Samsung Note 20+ 
Samsung Fold 
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 
Samsung Galaxy Fold   
 

Google Pixel 5 
Google Pixel 4, 4XL, 4a, 4a 5G 
Google Pixel 3, 3XL, 3a 
Google Pixel 2 
  

Oppo Find X3 Pro 
Motorola Razr 2019 
Microsoft Surface Duo 
Huawei P40 and P40 Pro 
Nuu Mobile X5 


Today, MNOs and MVNOs realize eSIM requires a change of strategy towards digital-first, to cater to the needs to exigent digital-savy customers looking for a fully digitalized and seamless experience with their operator. We've assembled all the components to create extraordinary digital journeys around eSIM for Service Providers, in our eSIM digital platform eSIM-as-a-Service. Discover more about it here. 

 

  

eSIM Wearables   

Wearable technologies have experienced major progresses as major companies unveil plans to develop product lines and expand current capabilities. Discover what are the current device available in the market:   

Apple Watch Series 7 
Apple Watch SE 
Apple Watch Series 6 
Apple Watch Series 5 
Apple Watch Series 4 
Apple Watch Series 3 
  

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 LTE 
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic LTE 
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 
Samsung Galaxy Watch 
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier LTE 
Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE 
Samsung Gear S2 3G 
Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G 
  

Huawei Watch 3 
Huawei Watch 3 Pro 
Huawei Watch 2 Pro 
Huawei Watch 2 
  

Oppo Watch 
Oppo Watch 3 
Oppo Watch 3 Pro 
  

TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE 
TicWatch Pro 3 LTE 
  

Nubia Alpha 
Montblanc Summit 2+ 
Mi Watch 
Xiaomi Wear 3100 
  

Discover our article on eSIM-equipped wearables here.  

  

eSIM Tablets & PCs 

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 
Apple iPad Pro 11 
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 
Apple iPad 10.2 
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 
Apple iPad Air 
Apple iPad Air 
Apple iPad mini 2019 
Apple iPad mini 4 
Apple iPad mini 3 
Samsung Galaxy Book 
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 
  

Microsoft Surface Pro X 
Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ 
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 LTE 
Microsoft Surface Go 2 
Microsoft Surface Go 
Microsoft Surface Neo 
  

Acer Swift 7 
Acer Swift 3 
Acer TravelMate P2 
Acer TravelMate Spin P4 
Acer TravelMate P6 
  

Asus NovoGo TP370QL 
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP401NA 
Asus Transformer Mini T103 
  

HP Elite x2 G2, G3 
HP Envy x2 
HP EliteBook G4, G5 Notebook PC 
HP Probook G3, G4, G5 Notebook PC 
HP Spectre Folio 13 
HP Zbook G4, G5 Mobile Workstation 
HP Zbook Studio G5 
HP mt32 Mobile Thin Client 
  

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 2 in 1 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano 
Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable 
Lenovo Flex 5G 
Lenovo Yoga C630 
Lenovo Miix 630 
Lenovo Yoga 520 
Lenovo Yoga 720 
  

Dell Latitude 7210 2-in-1 
Dell Latitude 9410 
Dell Latitude 7310 z
Dell Latitude 7410 
Dell Latitude 9510 
Dell Latitude 5410 
Dell Latitude 5411 
Dell Latitude 5511 
 

Mainstream adoption of eSIM technology in smarthpones is happening. The question is no longer whether it will happen, but when it will happen. Operators don't typically disclose their expectations, but there are a few execptions. 

For example, Orange expects eSIM ot reach almost 100% of the Belgian market by 2030. We forecast that by 2023, more than 500 million smartphone connections will use eSIM. Hence, operators who refuse to embrace the eSIM service will miss out on this slice of the market that will represent 10% of the total market. 

Over the coming years, OEMs are likely to shift their focus towards eSIM-only-devices. Once this prediction bears its fruits, operators who are lagging behind in terms of eSIM implementation will lose a part of the market share. Hence, operators who plan on waiting until 2023 or later to reconsider their plans will lag behind. Implementing eSIM and integrating it into operator business processes (especially customer-facing processes) takes time, so the journey needs to start as early as possible. 

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