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Travel eSIM deals

What is a travel eSIM?

An eSIM, or embedded SIM, is a non-removable SIM card built into your smartphone. While it may seem limiting compared to removable SIM cards when travelling or switching carriers, eSIM technology actually simplifies the process.

Which phones are eSIMs compatible with?

Most popular smartphones have the option for an eSIM, examples of phones that are eSIM compatible include:

  • iPhone 13,14 and 15 series
  • Samsung Galaxy S21, S22, S23 and S24 series
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Flip 5
  • Google Pixel 6,7 and 8

A full list of eSIM compatible phones can be found here.

Popular eSIM destinations

Using an eSIM abroad is a simple and cost-effective way to travel. It means you can enjoy internet connectivity and make calls and texts without worrying about handling a physical SIM card.

Mexico

From £0.33 per day

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USA

From £0.33 per day

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UAE

From £0.33 per day

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Turkey

From £0.33 per day

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Canada

From £0.33 per day

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What are the benefits of using eSIM for travel?

  • Enhanced security

    eSIM technology offers an added layer of security compared to physical SIM cards. Since the eSIM is embedded within your device and cannot be physically removed, it provides increased protection against unauthorised access if your iPhone is lost or stolen. Even if someone gains possession of your device, they won't be able to remove the eSIM to gain access to your network services or sensitive information.

  • Convenience and accessibility

    With an eSIM, the hassle of obtaining, carrying, and swapping physical SIM cards is eliminated. Gone are the days of needing to keep track of multiple SIM cards or waiting for them to be delivered through the mail before you can travel. Instead, an eSIM allows you to activate your service directly on your device, providing instant network access without needing physical SIM card handling.

  • Dual eSIM capability

    Certain iPhone models allow you to have two active eSIMs simultaneously. This means you can have separate eSIMs for different purposes or locations. For example, you could have one eSIM configured for your home location and another for the place you're visiting, removing the need for physical SIM card swapping.


  • Flexible activation

    With the flexibility offered by eSIM technology, switching between your stored eSIMs is a breeze. By simply changing the selection in your device's settings, you can easily toggle between your active eSIM profiles. This feature proves particularly useful for frequent travellers or individuals who regularly visit specific locations, as it allows for quick and convenient access to network services based on their current needs or location.

  • How to activate your international eSIM

    1

    Make sure your device is eSIM compatible

    The first and most important step in activating your eSIM is to make sure that your current device is actually eSIM compatible. You can check this on your phone settings.

    2

    Purchase and activate your eSIM

    After buying your eSIM, you can activate it, by going to Settings→Cellular→Add Cellular Plan. Then scan the QR code provided by your provider or enter the eSIM details manually.

    3

    Switch between your physical SIM and eSIM

    If, when purchasing an eSIM, you already have a physical SIM card in your device, you can switch plans by, going to Setting→Cellular and tapping on your desired plan.

    How to top up your travel eSIM

    Topping up your travel eSIM is quick and straightforward. All you need to do is go to your service provider’s app (all data plans require you to download the app), and from there, you can easily add credit to your account.

    Top up my travel eSIM

    Which UK providers offer travel eSIMs?

    eSIMs have been part of the consumer market since 2016, but it wasn’t until Apple launched the iPhone 14 (which was eSIM only in the US) that it started getting the recognition it deserved. 

    However, not all UK networks support eSIMs at the moment. The good news is that most of the major networks, including O2, Three, EE, and Vodafone, offer this service. Some smaller networks, like Lycamobile and Giffgaff, also offer eSIMs.


    Find out more about our most popular travel eSIM destinations

    • USA eSIM: With our USA eSIM bundles, discover the best of America, from the bustling cities to the national parks. Enjoy uninterrupted connectivity and high-speed internet across the entire country.
    • Turkey eSIM: Enjoy Turkey's rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes without worrying about connectivity. Compare our range of Turkey eSIM bundles that provide reliable internet access from Istanbul to Cappadocia and beyond.
    • Dubai eSIM: Experience the luxury and innovation of Dubai with our Dubai eSIM bundles. Stay connected easily, whether visiting the Burj Khalifa or shopping in its many malls.

    FAQs

    Can an eSIM be used on multiple devices?

    No. An eSIM can only be installed once on a single device.

    Can I buy multiple travel eSIMs for my whole family?

    Yes, it is possible to buy multiple travel eSIMs for your whole family. You can purchase eSIMs for other people under your account, but only one at a time. You can share it with someone by sending them the details via your account. You can also take a screenshot of the QR code and send it to them, 

    It is important to note that people you share the eSIMs with will not be able to check data usage, top up, or manage their eSIMs. This means all these actions will have to be done under your account.


    What happens if I accidentally delete my eSIM?

    If you accidentally delete your eSIM, there’s no need to worry. All you have to do is contact your carrier and have them send you a new QR code. Once you have the new QR code, simply scan it to reactivate your eSIM. 

    Do I have to activate data roaming on my device?

    Not all smartphones have data roaming automatically active, so if you would like to use mobile data whilst travelling abroad, you need to ensure that this setting is activated from your device’s settings.

    To activate on an Android device:

    • Go to ‘Settings‘ and tap on ‘Connections‘
    • Tap on ‘Mobile Networks‘
    • Then, tap on the switch to activate ‘Data Roaming‘

    To activate data roaming from an iOS device:

    • Go to the ‘Settings‘ app, tap on ‘Mobile Data‘ and then tap on ‘Mobile Data Options‘
    • Finally, tap on the switch to activate ‘Data Roaming‘

    If data roaming is switched on and you still can’t use mobile data whilst abroad, you will need to check whether you are connected to the correct service provider.


    How can I check how much data I have left?

    To check how much data you have left on your travel eSIM, go to Settings, then Connections, and tap ‘Data Usage’. This will display the remaining data. 

    Can I keep my WhatsApp number?

    Yes, you can use your existing WhatsApp account with an eSIM. When setting up the new eSIM, you won’t be required to change your phone number. You can change your WhatsApp account phone number, but remember to have a backup to recover your chats.

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    Written by Archie Burkinshaw, Content Writer
    Published - 31 May 2024
    Updated - 9 July 2024