How will eSIMs shape the future of travel?

In case you’re not up to speed, eSims have taken the global connectivity market by storm – and this is just the beginning. eSims, or an embedded SIM, are programmable chips built directly into devices which enables users to switch between mobile carriers and data plans with ease and flexibility.

There will be a growth of 77% in smartphone eSIM activations between 2023 and 2028*

So how will the technology shape the future for travellers around the world?

Flexibility – eSIMs eliminate the need for physical SIM cards, which allow for more flexibility. eSIM users can switch between carriers or plans without needing to swap SIM cards, which is particularly convenient for frequent travellers.

Reduced Waste – There is significantly reduced waste when using eSIMs, as there is no need to discard it when changing carriers or upgrading a device. The positive environmental impact aligns with the global goals of reducing electronic waste and mitigating carbon emissions.

Enhanced Security – The embedded nature of an eSIM means it cannot be cloned, replicated or removed. This makes for much easier tracking if a device is lost or stolen, as network providers can access the eSIM remotely.

Cost Savings – By selecting a local or international eSIM data plan to suit your needs and travel plans, you can avoid unexpected roaming charges. This can result in significant cost savings, particularly for regular travellers.

It’s no secret that eSIM technology offers a number of advantages beyond just being more convenient for users. It has the potential to streamline and enhance the way we connect and manage devices in an increasingly interconnected world.

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* From a report by Kaleido Intelligence