Google turned out to be the first handset firm to support in-built eSIMs with its Google Fi (earlier Project Fi) network in 2017. Now, it is extending that even further with the declaration of various new carriers all over the world that will show support for this functionality.
Apart from Google Fi, Google is including support for EE in the UK, Sprint in the US, Gigsky & Truphone in various other countries, and Reliance & Airtel Jio in India over the coming couple of months. In Germany, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom will actually join Fi in providing the option to purchase a Pixel 3 handset with an eSIM for those suppliers sometime shortly.
Google’s declaration also cited a new initiative that the firm is operating on to make it simpler for Android hardware makers to develop eSIM-supported handsets—so the Pixel 3 may be the tip of the iceberg for eSIM.
On a related note, Verizon earlier claimed that it is on the edge of adding dual eSIM and SIM support after an early delay indicated that its network will not be capable of working with the iPhone XS Max, XS, and XR’s advertized dual SIM abilities. In an internal paper that was shown to the media, Verizon informs workers that it is now hoping to roll out support for dual SIM with a physical SIM and an eSIM couple together in December.
Apple earlier declared that T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T will all show support for dual SIMs. But Verizon users ran into a problem: you can only employ physical SIM card from Verizon for your main line, and if you exchange it over to your different line, the service gets demoted to a 2G network rather than LTE. As Verizon realized the secondary line will not be capable of support high-speed voice and data services, it held off on providing eSIM support, as well.
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