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Why you should use an eSIM for your travels

It is really a lot more convenient!

· 3 min read

Trying to decide on the best option for staying connected on your next trip, and still not convinced why you should use an eSIM over getting a local SIM or roaming? Let's break down some of the reasons why a travel eSIM should be your answer to staying connected on your next trip!

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What is an eSIM?

A quick summary for those who still haven't fully grasped what an eSIM is, eSIMs are essentially virtual SIM cards. They perform similar functions to the physical SIM cards that we are all used to, except instead of a physical card, it is just a chip that is embedded in your device. To use an eSIM, instead of inserting a physical SIM card into your device, what you need to do instead is to download and install an eSIM profile.

Now that we have that out of the way, let's take a look at why you should use an eSIM on your next trip!

1. Global Connectivity, No Physical Swapping

One of the primary advantages of eSIM technology is its ability to provide global connectivity without the need for physical SIM card swapping. Say goodbye to fumbling with multiple SIM cards.

Traditionally, to get a local SIM card, you will have to go through the hassle of queuing at the telco counters or ordering the SIM card in advance, and you will have to swap out your physical SIM card. You will have to find a pin to eject your SIM tray, put in the new SIM card, and make sure you don't lose your original SIM card!

With an eSIM, all you need to do is to install your eSIM profile, and in just a few taps on your device, you can seamlessly switch between mobile carriers and data plans! This is especially useful if you will be traveling across multiple countries.

2. Keep Your Primary Line Active

If you have a phone that supports dual-physical SIMs, you would probably have always enjoyed the benefit of being able to keep your primary line active while you travel.

Traditionally, with a single SIM card slot, if you wanted to keep your primary line active and stay connected while traveling, your options are limited largely to getting an external device for connectivity or to switch on international roaming. With dual-SIMs, you have another option which is much more convenient.

With a dual-SIM device, you no longer have to compromise on keeping your line active, you don't have to pay high roaming charges, and you don't need to bring along another device. Simply use your second SIM slot for a data SIM to get connectivity at a cheaper rate, while keeping your primary SIM active in your first SIM slot.

But, if your phone does not have two physical SIM card slots (basically, if you are using an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy Flip), using an eSIM will still allow you to enjoy the benefit of a dual SIM! Install an eSIM for your data and connectivity needs, all while using your only SIM card slot for your primary line.

3. Cost-Effective Roaming

International roaming charges have been a notorious pain point for most travelers. Travel eSIMs offer a solution to this problem by allowing users to choose from a variety of local data plans at their destination.

This not only minimizes costs but also provides the flexibility to select the most suitable plan based on data requirements and budget constraints. The ability to switch plans at any time ensures that you can stay connected without breaking the bank.

4. Remote Activation and Management

eSIM technology enables remote activation and management of mobile plans. This means that users can activate an eSIM and manage their plans directly from their device, eliminating the need to visit a physical store, or to talk to anyone, ever.

With travel eSIMs, you can very easily buy your eSIM online. You will receive the installation kit, which typically includes a QR code. Scan the QR code on your device to install the eSIM, activate the data plan, and you are good to go!

This convenience is especially valuable in unfamiliar destinations where language barriers or local regulations may complicate the process of obtaining a traditional SIM card.

Still have doubts? Here are some FAQs regarding the use of eSIMs:

Do eSIMs have worse signal than physical SIMs?

No, the signal strength is not dependent on the type of SIM card that you use. Whether you use an eSIM or a physical SIM, there is inherently no difference in signal strength. Instead, signal strength is largely dependent on other factors such as network provider and device type.

Do eSIMs use more battery than physical SIMs?

No, they don't! Using an eSIM does not use more battery than physical SIMs.

Are eSIMs safe? Can I be tracked if I used an eSIM?

Yes, eSIMs are safe. In fact, they could be safer than using a physical SIM - especially in the aspect of physical security. Unlike a physical SIM card, an eSIM cannot be stolen (unless they steal your entire phone). And, eSIMs are in no way more susceptible to tracking than physical SIMs.

Can I use my eSIM as a hotspot?

eSIM technology doesn't stop you from tethering your data. However, whether you can use your eSIM data plan as a hotspot depends on your provider. With Nomad's eSIMs, you will be able to use your eSIM as a hotspot.