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eSIM.net goes live with first 5G eSIM

The world's first 5G eSIM offering currently works in nine countries, allowing users to connect to eSIM.net's service without a physical SIM card

|Jul 10|magazine5 min read

London-based mobile virtual network operator eSIM.net announced on Thursday that it was going live with the world’s first 5G eSIM. 

The online eSIM store's flagship product, the Pay As You Go eSIM plan, can now operate over the 5G network in nine countries throughout the world, with more destinations being added on a weekly basis.

Embedded SIM cards, or eSIMS, a type of programmable SIM card that is embedded directly into a devic. This means that there is no requirement to change physical SIM cards when switching providers, travelling abroad, etc. The technology has been hailed as the next step in smartphone connectivity and, over the past few years, has gained traction with adoption by big industry players like Apple. iPhones from the XS and XR generations onwards have - in addition to a standard nano SIM - contained eSIM functionality. The technology has been touted as improving both reliability and security, in addition to convenience.

eSIM.net's Pay As You Go plan is downloaded over the internet and helps its user connect to affordable mobile services in nearly every country worldwide. The 5G eSIM service currently works in China, Finland, Germany, Monaco, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. Elsewhere, the Pay As You Go plan utilises 4G or 3G technology to connect its user to data and voice services.

"It's exciting to be at the forefront of eSIM and 5G technology," James Ashby, eSIM.net's Product Manager said in a press release. "And being able to offer the fastest eSIM data service is a great place to be. The fact that our Pay As You Go product also includes a telephone number for voice and SMS is just another added bonus for our customers."

eSIM.net released their Pay As You Go eSIM service in early 2020, which was Europe's first to come powered with full mobile services and work on a Pay As You Go basis. The plan is purchased online with an initial $10 of credit and can then be topped up using eSIM.net's website or app.

"As new 5G destinations open up, we'll be the first to pass along this opportunity to our customers," James Ashby continued. "It'll be an interesting year ahead as we see more individuals using this technology in their daily lives. 5G routers are already being used in homes to speed-up broadband connections and there's sure to be a huge rise in the availability of 5G handsets in the next year."

The 5G eSIM service is only compatible with 5G-supported devices that also support eSIM, including selected Samsung S20 models. 

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