AT&T flips switch on iPhone XS and XR eSIM support in US [u: Verizon rumored for Friday]

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in iPhone edited December 6
AT&T became the first major U.S. carrier to support Apple's eSIM technology with the rollout of iOS 12.1.1 on Wednesday, providing owners of iPhone XS and XR models access to two numbers on a single device.

eSIM
Apple's Dual SIM with eSIM solution.


According to a recently updated AT&T FAQ webpage, America's second-largest wireless carrier by subscribers now supports Apple's Dual SIM, Dual Standby solution. Compatible devices must be running the latest iOS 12.1.1 firmware, released earlier today, to take advantage of the feature.

Verizon and T-Mobile are also slated to integrate dual-SIM support for iPhone XS and XR. Neither company has offered an exact release date, though both expect to support the feature before the end of 2018.

In the U.S. and other countries outside of China, iPhone XS and XR rely on eSIM technology to keep both provisioned numbers active simultaneously. Due to local restrictions, Apple's is not able to market its eSIM in China, prompting the company to engineer a unique dual-SIM system that allows users to install two cards on one tray.

As noted in Apple's release notes, iOS 12.1.1 delivers eSIM support well beyond AT&T. A list of supporting carriers compiled by MacRumors includes Rogers and Fido in Canada. European carriers 3, Orange, Swisscom, Sunrise, Telenor and Telia are rolling out eSIM support in select countries, while the feature went live on a number of networks in Asia.

Introduced with the latest iPhones in September, dual-SIM technology enables the use of two phone numbers and two subscription plans on a single device. The solution allows users to save on roaming charges during international travel or maintain separate business and personal lines.

Update: An internal memo circulating amongst Verizon employees suggests the carrier is preparing to announce support for Apple's eSIM solution on Dec. 7, reports MacRumors.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    Despite Apple saying that AT&T now supports eSIM AT&T's tech support says they are still waiting for an update from Apple before they can activate...
  • Reply 2 of 8
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,930member
    Why so complicated? Apple should’ve just made a dual physical SIM model like the one for China market.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    Despite Apple saying that AT&T now supports eSIM AT&T's tech support says they are still waiting for an update from Apple before they can activate...
    What’s the hold up T-Mo?? Maybe i will move back to ATT
  • Reply 4 of 8
    fallenjt said:
    Why so complicated? Apple should’ve just made a dual physical SIM model like the one for China market.
    They did. For the Chinese market. I bought one in China through a friend traveling there. And they are also sold in Dubai without taxes. They work like a charm with my personal and business line together. 
    So the real question is: why not making the Chinese product available to everyone? Why force us to a product that is not ready for the market for the next months at least? 
  • Reply 5 of 8
    cgar15 said:
    fallenjt said:
    Why so complicated? Apple should’ve just made a dual physical SIM model like the one for China market.
    They did. For the Chinese market. I bought one in China through a friend traveling there. And they are also sold in Dubai without taxes. They work like a charm with my personal and business line together. 
    So the real question is: why not making the Chinese product available to everyone? Why force us to a product that is not ready for the market for the next months at least? 
    Because, as usual, this wasn't well thought-out, like several prior releases of previous products. The way this is done, they could have simply released a TRIPLE-SIM product, but providing the two physical SIM slot (which is brilliantly done with the SIMs sandwiched on top of each other), while STILL providing the eSIM solution -- and thus having just one hardwire configuration they could have shipped worldwide, instead of the current muddled mess.
    anantksundaram
  • Reply 6 of 8
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,606member
    cgar15 said:
    fallenjt said:
    Why so complicated? Apple should’ve just made a dual physical SIM model like the one for China market.
    They did. For the Chinese market. I bought one in China through a friend traveling there. And they are also sold in Dubai without taxes. They work like a charm with my personal and business line together. 
    So the real question is: why not making the Chinese product available to everyone? Why force us to a product that is not ready for the market for the next months at least? 
    Because, as usual, this wasn't well thought-out, like several prior releases of previous products. The way this is done, they could have simply released a TRIPLE-SIM product, but providing the two physical SIM slot (which is brilliantly done with the SIMs sandwiched on top of each other), while STILL providing the eSIM solution -- and thus having just one hardwire configuration they could have shipped worldwide, instead of the current muddled mess.
    Yeah Apple, why don't you try actually using all of the free space inside an iPhone, it's cavernous in there!
  • Reply 7 of 8
    Added 2nd line this morning at the local AT&T store. Went smoothly.
  • Reply 8 of 8
    fallenjt said:
    Why so complicated? Apple should’ve just made a dual physical SIM model like the one for China market.
    Because apple is trying to make SIM cards obsolete. Much like the 3.5 mm jack etc. 

    imagine not not having to ever use a SIM card again.  Go to another country? Scan a qr code or use an app. 


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