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eSIM, what is it and what to do if your iPhone does not allow the physical card

Starting with iPhone 14 , all new versions of its device that Apple sells in the United States will no longer have a physical SIM card . This measure does not yet apply to everyone, but it can be a problem for users who purchase a phone in this market to use it in their country. So here we explain how to fix it.

What is an eSIM?

Electronic or virtual SIM cards are the way in which companies are replacing the physical SIM integrated in the mobile phone, as they allow you to obtain the same benefits, such as accessing a data plan and calls from an operator, only in this time it would be through the scanning of a QR code, provided by the telecommunications company.

Although it can be difficult to get used to the lack of an element that has been present in cell phones since their inception, this technology has a benefit for security and that is that if the device is stolen, it is not possible to remove the SIM card and locate it it may be an easier job.

How to hire an eSIM in Mexico?

Smartphone companies are promoting the electronic SIM as the future of the industry and although its pace of adoption is not as fast, it is constant. According to data from Statista, in 2021 there will be 3.8 billion registered smartphone users worldwide and it is expected that by 2025 half will use an eSIM.

In Mexico, the companies that offer this service to their clients are Telcel, AT&T and Movistar , although with some limitations regarding the form of payment, which users must take into account.

In order to contract the service with Telcel, it is necessary to go to an authorized service center to be able to activate the virtual card. In this case, it can only be purchased if a Max Unlimited Plan is paid.

AT&T is the second option, however, in order to activate it you need to have an AT&T Simple Plan, while with Movistar you can use it through a plan or through prepayment.

How to set up an eSIM on the new iPhone 14 in Mexico?

If you are one of the people who decided to buy their new iPhone 14 in the United States and now you don’t know what to do to be able to use it in Mexico, these are the steps you must follow.

First, you must go to one of the service centers of the aforementioned companies and request a virtual SIM. There you will be given a QR code, which you must scan from a specific site, not from the camera.

To do this, you must go to Settings. Then press the “Cellular data” option. In that menu it will be necessary to click on “Add data plan” and that is when the code is scanned. It is worth mentioning that the iPhone 14 will be able to host up to eight eSIMs at the same time.

Once the plan has been confirmed, only certain information needs to be added, such as whether it is your primary or secondary line, in addition to the eSIM being the default option. To activate it, you must dial a phone that is provided by each operator, which sends you a message with your phone number.

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