T-Mobile previews eSIM activation app for iPhone ahead of December launch

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in iPhone edited December 6
In preparation of a wide public launch expected before the end of the year, T-Mobile on Thursday previewed eSIM activation app for iPhone that will allow iPhone XS and XR owners to configure a second line on their device without visiting a retail store.

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T-Mobile's eSIM app for iPhone.


T-Mobile showed off the standalone iOS app to PCMag, offering a sneak peek at how the carrier intends to handle Apple's Dual SIM, Dual Standby solution.

As detailed by the publication, the app activates a prepaid service line on a host iPhone by walking users through a simple setup process. Subscribers are asked to provide an email address -- ostensibly linked to their T-Mobile account -- for authentication and verification of services. The app proceeds to check device compatibility before provisioning the onboard eSIM and assigning a secondary phone number.

The app is currently restricted to prepaid plans, as most users will likely add a roaming or secondary line to their eSIM instead of a primary plan, the report said.

The streamlined activation experience stands in stark contrast to systems in use by competing carriers like AT&T, which require customers to scan a QR code at a brick-and-mortar store. It should be noted, however, that AT&T's eSIM support extends to both prepaid and postpaid plans.

T-Mobile plans to distribute the app to personnel for training on Friday ahead of a public debut later this month. An exact launch timeline was not provided, though sources familiar with the company's plans claim the carrier will enable eSIM support by the end of the year, the report said.

AT&T was the first U.S. carrier to activate eSIM compatibility for iPhone when it rolled out support on Wednesday, enabled by the release of iOS 12.1.1.

Introduced with the latest iPhone XS and XR models in September, dual-SIM technology enables the use of two phone numbers and two subscription plans on a single device. Popular in Asia, the tech allows users to save on roaming charges during international travel or maintain separate business and personal lines without extra hardware.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    Really hope they let us visitors to the US activate the tourist plan via eSIM!
    libertyforall
  • Reply 2 of 11
    Any idea on how you would switch out your primary plan T Mobile physical sim for an esim version, so the sim slot is free for an overseas sim card?
    edited December 6 indiekidukSoundJudgmentmuadibebonobob
  • Reply 3 of 11
    It’s about time.
  • Reply 4 of 11
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 1,900member
    TO me it makes more sense to move your calling plan from the SIM to the ESIM. That way when you travel someplace else in the world, you can then just pop in a SIM and away you go. For others, it may not matter. If it's your phone, the SIM can be your number, and the eSIM your work number.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    muadibemuadibe Posts: 125member
    Any idea on how you would switch out your primary plan T Mobile physical sim for an esim version, so the sim slot is free for an overseas sim card?
    It would make sense for this to be the standard setup. eSIM should be the primary number.  
  • Reply 6 of 11
    How dumb, just roll it into your EXISTING APP, why do we need yet ANOTHER app?!  *rolls eyes*
  • Reply 7 of 11
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,930member
    jbdragon said:
    TO me it makes more sense to move your calling plan from the SIM to the ESIM. That way when you travel someplace else in the world, you can then just pop in a SIM and away you go. For others, it may not matter. If it's your phone, the SIM can be your number, and the eSIM your work number.
    Most work numbers are subscribed under corporate account and you don’t own that account. ATT won’t activate it. Besides, corporations prefer physical SIM for managing services...
  • Reply 8 of 11
    WayneMHKWayneMHK Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    All I want to do is put my personal t-mobile number, which I've had since they were voicestream, to an esim, and it appears that is not an option. Looks like I chose the wrong carrier. Thanks, t-mobile.
    bshank
  • Reply 9 of 11
    WayneMHK said:
    All I want to do is put my personal t-mobile number, which I've had since they were voicestream, to an esim, and it appears that is not an option. Looks like I chose the wrong carrier. Thanks, t-mobile.
    Same boat here.... T-mo you dropped the ball on this one
    bshank
  • Reply 10 of 11
    I guess we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out if we can have the primary line provisioned to an esim. 

    It it might just mean you have to go into a store to swap it over as the app doesn’t support that option for launch. 

    Fingers Crossed. 
    bshank
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Have a search online over on Reddit there is a thread on how to do a sim swap on T Mobile, done mine last night all up and running with t mobile on my esim and a UK three physical SIM card in tray. 

    Key is to just ask for a sim swap and provide the EID number only. 

    I used the the chat app in the t mobile iOS app. 
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