5 reasons why you need an eSIM

It's the same as a physical SIM, except better and safer!

Authored by Jim Li, Growth PM for Nomad

January 14, 2021

Read Time: 5 mins

Faster, lighter and more powerful than a physical SIM Card. This is eSIM.

You're probably wondering "What is an eSIM". There's usually a lengthy technical explanation here but allow me to break it down simply for you like I did for Multi-SIMs.

Essentially an eSIM is a virtual SIM card you can typically use on your phone and certain wearables. The e stands for embedded because it functions using a tiny chip that's already built into your phone. Otherwise it has all functions of a regular SIM card; connecting you to a carrier that provides you with data, calls, the whole shebang.

What might surprise you though is the first phone to debut with eSIM capabilities. Nope it's not Apple or Samsung but Google's Pixel 2. Of course the big 2 quickly followed suit with the latest line of iPhone 11s and Samsung Galaxy S20s sporting eSIM compatibility. Not to be outdone, the Motorola Razr (2019) is the first phone shipped with eSIM only.


What's the big deal then?

Here's 4 reasons why an eSIM is sometimes better than a physical one.


1. Toggle easily between 2 phone lines

If your phone supports both a physical SIM card and an eSIM you can use two separate phone lines on one phone. It works great as a secondary line but its true potential may lie with travel.

When the world opens up again, instead of buying a tourist SIM card to use abroad, just scan and use an eSIM! There's eSIM support in nearly every country these days and it'll save you the heartache of misplacing your original SIM card (like I do every time... Lost mine in Bangkok once #truestory).

2. Paving the way for smaller device

Having to build in a dedicated slot for a SIM card takes up valuable hardware space in a phone. An eSIM chipset takes up only a fraction of the space which allows for phone manufacturers to get creative with future phone designs.

Physical eSIM takes up space in your phone

3. Virtually Indestructible

With more phones being shipped with eSIM functions, this piece of technology is basically future proof. Physical SIM cards also experience the wear and tear of prolonged usage but an eSIM will last as long as your phone does since it's completely virtual.

4. Better for you and the environment

With more phones being shipped with eSIM functions, this piece of technology is basically future proof. Physical SIM cards also experience the wear and tear of prolonged usage but an eSIM will last as long as your phone does since it's completely virtual.

eSIM is better for the environment


5. Keep you safe from pandemic

It's also the safest option for you to get a brand new data plan during this pandemic since the experience is 100% digital. Circles.Life has just launched our new eSIMs and the entire journey from sign up to SIM activation is done online.

Zero queues and no wait times! Go from scanning SafeEntry to scanning a QR code to activate your eSIM