eSIM: What you need to know


Updated 20 September 2019 to reflect the iPhone 11 launch

eSIM is the new standard for SIM cards. It means "embedded" or "electronic" SIM. By 2021, 630 million mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be shipped with embedded SIMs every year. Here's what you need to know about eSIM, including its benefits.

What you need to know about eSIM

eSIM will change the way people, businesses and devices connect to mobile networks. It's the new SIM standard being promoted by the GSM association. In the future, it'll be used across all network operators worldwide.

So what is an eSIM? It's a SIM card that's embedded in your mobile device. No plastic, no lag, no paperclips, no brainer. eSIMs are even smaller than nano SIMs. They're soldered onto a device's motherboard at the time of manufacturing.

Like a traditional SIM card, the eSIM stores the data needed for your device to connect to and use the Spark network. The functionality of an eSIM is the same as a physical SIM, without the hassle of physically swapping the SIM cards around. 

The eSIM profile allows the device to connect to the network operator to send and receive calls, SMS and access apps, without Bluetooth pairing to your smartphone. Every device that uses an eSIM will be a little bit different so check the instructions that come with your device.

On some eSIM–capable devices, you'll have greater flexibility in terms of managing your connection and using advanced features such as dual SIM capability (note, this feature isn't available with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G). This makes it a great option for travellers or for those who need one number for business and another number for personal use.

How do I get eSIM?

eSIM is available on:

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G
  • iPhone XR, XS and XS Max on iOS 12.1 and above
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max on iOS 13.1 and above

If you've got an existing SIM card connected to the Spark network, you'll need to visit us in store to be transferred over to eSIM. Find a Spark store

If you already have an eSIM capable device, you can buy a plan with eSIM online or visit a Spark store. Get a Spark plan with eSIM

We can't guarantee that eSIM will work on a device that wasn’t bought from Spark.

Buy an eSIM–enabled device from Spark

  • Get your Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G online and in Spark stores. Buy online now
  • Buy your eSIM–enabled iPhone online and in Spark stores. Buy online now

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