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What’s an eSIM?

An eSIM is a digital version of the SIM card you have in your smartphone. Order one online, download it onto your phone, and use it switch to local data plans abroad.

Keep your main number, without physically swapping SIMs. Then, back in the UK, switch back to your usual SIM in your settings.

Here’s how it works:

Download your eSIM online

Order and download an eSIM card online. Choose from over 200 international data bundles

Stay connected as you travel

Make calls, send and receive texts, and use local data rates for emails, social media and more

Save money on roaming charges

Switch to a local data plan abroad to avoid expensive data roaming

Check if your smartphone is compatible

Many smartphones, including iPhone, Google Pixel and Samsung, are now compatible with eSIMs. Here’s how to check yours:

  • If you have an iPhone

    • Go to Settings > General > About
    • If you can see ‘Digital SIM’ or ‘eSIM’ on the screen, you’re good to go
  • If you have an Android

    • Dial *#06# on your phone's keypad
    • If an EID number appears on screen, you can use an eSIM card

Order and download your eSIM card today

Discover the right eSIM card for your next travel adventure

Need some help?

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Call eSimChoice on: +44 (0) 203 151 6666

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Common questions about eSIM cards

  • An eSIM is a digital SIM card that allows you to switch to mobile plans from different network providers. It’s particularly useful if you’re travelling abroad, as you can switch to local data plans. They're often much cheaper than international roaming charges.

    And because eSIM cards are digital and built into your device, they also save you the hassle of buying and swapping physical SIM cards.

  • You can check if your smartphone supports eSIM cards before you order one.

    Here’s how:

    • For iPhone, go to Settings > General > About, and look for ‘Digital SIM’ or ‘eSIM’ on screen
    • For Android, dial *#06# on your phone's keypad and look for an EID number on screen
    • For Huawei, go to Settings > About Phone > Show EID, and look for EID information on screen
    • For Samsung, go to Settings > Connections > SIM Card Manager and look for ‘Add Mobile Plan’ on screen
  • Activating an eSIM card for travel is simple. Simply order and download an eSIM plan for the country you’re visiting. Once you get the activation QR code or details, go to your phone’s settings and add the eSIM as a new mobile plan.

    Switch to this plan once you arrive at your destination. You can then start using local data straight away, avoiding high roaming charges.

  • Yes, you can use your UK SIM card and an eSIM at the same time. This can be particularly useful when you’re travelling abroad. You can keep your UK number active for calls and texts, while using cheaper local data rates.

    This means you can browse the web, check your emails, stay connected on social media and much more, without having to pay expensive roaming fees.

  • Using an eSIM card when travelling abroad lets you access local data rates. These are often much cheaper than paying international roaming charges.

    You can order and download an eSIM card in minutes and activate it as soon as you reach your destination. You can then switch between different carriers and plans as you move from one country to another. This means there’s no need to carry and swap over multiple physical SIM cards. And you don’t need to look for local SIM cards when you arrive.

  • eSimChoice offers over 200 data bundles for international travellers. Simply choose the country you’re visiting, compare the different options available and find the plan that best suits you need.

    Once you’ve chosen your plan, you can order it online, download it onto your phone and follow the steps to activate it when you reach your destination.

  • An eSIM card from eSimChoice can last up to 30 days, depending on the plan you choose. When you buy an eSIM, you’ll see how long it’s valid for, so you can pick the one that best fits your trip.