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Introducing the O2 eSIM

Posted on Oct 03, 2019.

For years, the mobile phone industry has been trying to find a way to produce SIM cards for multiple carriers in one device.

An eSIM is not a card that you can physically remove and replace with another carrier's SIM card. It's an embedded chip that stores all of your carrier profiles on it. You only need one eSIM chip per device, which means you'll never have to worry about carrying around multiple SIM cards again!

If you're tired of having to carry around multiple physical SIM cards for different carriers or if you want more flexibility in switching between service providers without having to swap out your SIM card then O2 eSIM may be the right solution for your needs. We offer low-cost plans from over 60 countries including unlimited data and text messaging as well as international calling options at very competitive rates.

Read on to discover everything you need to know about O2 eSIMS and how they can benefit you.

How do eSims work

Many networks currently don't offer eSIMs, even though some of the most in-demand smartphones on the market, such as the Apple iPhone 12 or the Google Pixel 3, are eSIM compatible devices. Thankfully, O2 offers eSIMs to those with or wanting eSIM-compatible phones.

O2 eSIMs are compatible with the iPhone XS, XR, XS Max, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL.

What's happening?

From 19th September 2019, O2 introduced eSIM packs to allow customers, and other with eSIM-capable devices, to use eSIMs.

Since Apple added eSIM capability to the 2018 iPhones, people have been eager to get their hands on an eSIM for their eSIM-compatible devices.

However, O2 understand that eSIMs aren't for everyone and that most customers with be happier using the standard SIM cards we're familiar with, so they will continue to offer regular plastic SIM cards but if a customer asks for an eSIM pack, they will provide it.

What's an eSIM?

An eSIM is a programmable chip that's soldered to a circuit board during the manufacturing process. An eSIM chip can store multiple eSIM profiles.

When an eSIM profile has been loaded onto the eSIM chip, it provides the same functionality as a plastic SIM card.

What's a dual-SIM device?

A dual-SIM device is simply a device that can take two SIMs rather than the usual one.

In a dual-SIM device, the SIMs could both be plastic, or one could be plastic and the second an eSIM.

Dual-SIM devices have been available for some time. Devices like the iPhones XS Max have two SIM slots and can take two plastic SIM cards.

More recently dual-SIM devices with a lot for a plastic SIM and an embedded eSIM, have become available.

Do you need a duel-SIM phone for your business?

A dual-SIM device is the perfect solution for businesses. With two SIMs, you can have one line dedicated to work and one line dedicated to personal use. You won’t have to worry about accidentally making calls on your company's dime or forgetting which number goes with which account. Plus, if you travel internationally, it’s easy to switch between local numbers without having to change plans or buy new phones!

Dual-SIM devices are great because they give you more control over how your phone works and what it does. They also make life easier in general by giving people the option of using two different numbers at once - so whether you're juggling family and work responsibilities or just want some privacy from time-to-time, this is a great way of managing your day-to-day life!

Contact an expert from our award winning team and we will connect your business with an incredible deal for your new dual sim business phone. Call us on 01482 420150

How do eSIM devices operate?

There are two ways in which eSIM devices operate:

Dual-SIM-Dual Standby mode (DS-DS):

  • Most Dual-SIM devices operate in a Dual-SIM-Dual-Standby mode (DS-DS) where both the plastic SIM and the eSIM can make or receive calls. When someone calls either number the phone will ring.

  • In DS-DS mode when one SIM is active, for example when making or taking a call, the other is not. Calls to the dormant SIM will go to voicemail until the other SIM is not being used.

  • The iPhone XS, XS Max and XR all operate in a Dual SIM-Dual Standby (DS-DS) mode.

Dual SIM-Single-Active mode (DS-SA):

  • Some Dual-SIM devices operate in a Dual-SIM-Single Active mode (DS-SA) where you MUST manually choose to use either the plastic SIM or the eSIM. This means only one SIM (mobile number) will be active within the device at any one time.

  • If someone calls the number linked to the active SIM the phone will ring, if the number associated with the inactive SIM is called it will go to voicemail as the SIM is not active, equivalent of phone being switched off.

  • The Pixel 3 and 3XL both operate in a Dual SIM-Single Active (DS-SA) mode.

What's in an eSIM pack?

  • A unique QR code.

  • A unique manual activation code that can be used if the QR code cannot be scanned.

  • A unique SIM Serial Number (SSN).

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Why choose The One point

Do you need a new business mobile plan?

The One Point is a leading provider of O2 business mobile services in the UK. We have been in the telecommunications industry for over 15 years and we know what it takes to provide excellent service to our customers. Our team of experts are here to help you choose the right device and tariff for your needs, so that you can get back to running your business with ease.

Desire: You deserve an easy-to-use phone that will keep up with all of your demands at work. With our range of devices, tariffs, and plans available, there is something for everyone – from small businesses who want a simple solution or big businesses looking for more complex solutions like data roaming or international calling packages. Whatever your requirements are, we have got you covered!

Start streamlining your workday and choosing us to deliver your new phone plan!

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Connect your business with an O2 eSIM, contact The One Point today on 01482 420150 and chat to our expert team.

At The One Point, we offer O2 eSIMs to customers with or wanting eSIM-compatible devices, so get in touch with a member of our award-winning team today on 01482 420 150 to get yours!

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