The 5G SA-compatible eSIM features on Oppo's latest flagship 5G smartphone, the Oppo Find X3 Pro, and is promised to "bring new possibilities for smart devices in the 5G era."
Before iOS 14.5, it was not possible to use 5G data connectivity on an iPhone 12 when using both the eSIM and a second physical SIM, but as you can see from the attached image, iOS 14.5 has solved this problem.
Australia's biggest telco, Telstra has announced eSIM activation for all its MVNOs through Telstra Wholesale after a successful trial with two MVNO partners" in what is an Australian first in this space, with MVNOs to offer the service "in the next few months".
More than six billion eSIM-capable devices will be shipped over the next five years, the technology research firm Counterpoint Research has forecast, adding that this would include those using both eUICC and iUICC technologies.
Not everyone has dozens of gigabytes on their mobile plan to burn through each month, and unless you're on Vodafone's new Infinite mobile phone plans in Australia with 2mbps, 10mbps or 25mbps speeds after using your monthly data allocation, free WiFi is more available than ever.
Telstra has updated its mobile app, giving customers who have eSIMs the ability to manage them from the app without having to visit a store or requiring an eSIM activation card.
About two billion eSIM-based devices will ship globally by 2025, up from 364 million in 2018, the analyst company Counterpoint Research says, adding that most of these devices would have a hardware chip-based eSIM solution until 2025, after which there would be more integrated SIM-based solutions adopted.
The mobile operators trade body, GSM Association, has found that significant progress has been made by Chinese mobile vendors, operators and manufacturers in adopting remote SIM provisioning and eSIM technologies.
Telstra says it will allow consumers who have Windows 10-based devices with an eSIM to connect to its mobile network without any other hardware.
British SIM software provider Truphone says its eSIM connectivity will be available on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones.
Mobile virtual network operator Boost Mobile claims telecommunications carriers in Australia are holding back on supporting eSIMs as they may well end up losing customers.
Australia's second biggest telco Singtel Optus says it plans to support the dual SIM functionality provided through an eSIM in some of the latest iPhone models "in the future".
If you want to use two SIMs in your new iPhone XS, XS Max or XR, then unless you have a select Chinese model with two physical SIM slots, you'll need to wait for the eSIM to go live.
Anyone who knows me understands that I am not a moronic cult member who eagerly lines up to spend his (or his parents) hard-earned money each time Apple makes a new product announcement. That said, one feature mentioned in today’s announcement of the new iPhone XS and XR phones has made me seriously consider upgrading.
Transatel, the IoT enabler and service provider for Microsoft's Surface Pro with LTE advanced, promises "out-of-the-box, global cellular connectivity" directly upon opening the device "for the first time".
The LTE e-SIM in the Apple Watch 3 is up and running, and I received a demo at the Telstra Store across from Apple’s flagship Sydney store.
Optus has announced “Optus Number Share” for Apple Watch Series 3 owners, and has shared the “new offers on its value-packed premium handset plans".
Telstra was first to give details on its eSIM plans, with Optus being the other telco offering LTE Apple Watch Series 3 at launch, and Vodafone later this year.
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