eSims, what is your experience.

chodo

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We spent April in Vietnam and used Airalo for various e-sims. The first e-sim we purchased was valid for 10 days, so once that expired we purchased another from them. The same e-sim wasn't available so we got a 7 day'er. Once that expired, we purchased a regional e-sim (Asia) that lasted 10 days from them. The customer service was reasonably prompt (no longer than 20 mins at the worst to respond to us via chat). Note that you need to be on wifi in order to start using the e-sim. One thing, and this isn't Airalo's fault, but you follow the instructions on how to set it up and you have this niggling feeling that your Telstra (or Oz sim) is being used for data, when it's not. So I spent the first few days checking my Telstra account to make sure I wasn't bleeding roaming data. Another thing to note, its that each of the e-sims we purchased required slightly different setup instructions and settings. It worked fine for Googling and using maps and booking flights etc. We didn't use it for streaming or anything data intensive. Ended up going with Airalo because they're based in Singapore and I figured communication would be decent - which it was. They charge in USD. If you use my code GREG7286 we will both get a USD $3 credit.
 

rhett

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Just used one for a USA trip. Installed a T-Mobile app on iPhone in Australia, paid for a 30 day eSIM on it (in Australia), and it was ready for use the moment I landed in USA, with data and ability to make/receive calls from a US #. Quite happy with it. Telstra also has free text/calls over VoWIFI while overseas too which reduced need for use of the eSIM.
 

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I am interested in the concept of eSims but have no experience with them.
The notion of running my local sim plus having an international sim for phone use while in USA and EU could be handy.
What have members experience been? TIA
I have had an Esim in my phone for a while now and love it.! When we've landed in Europe, we just pop the local sim in and you can use that for data. I guess my only comment is that with Telstras International Roaming plan (mind you we are talking 2019) nearly all calls to home were free and in most cases hotels/ships etc had wifi included so not really needed. Haven't been to the USA/Canada since 2015 so haven't used the option there. Hoping to head to Europe in October so will be interesting to see how it is 3 years down the track.
 
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Rideshare apps and Esim/dual sim
Using prepaid sims overseas can cause a "phone number in use" problem because that phone number has been recycled by the phone company but is still logged by rideshare companies as still in use

Esim and dual sims should be good in this regard.

Which should be the ESim - the prepaid international one or the Home number??
Ive heard that some providers require attendance at a store to get an ESim - such as ATT and ESim sometimes don't play well with prepaid
 
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Which should be the ESim - the prepaid international one or the Home number??
IMHO using the eSIM for roaming because of the ease of obtaining and loading plans on the fly makes the most sense.

But I can see why those who already have a collection of physical sims that they use OS might prefer switching their home carrier to eSIM.
 

Corespec

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I am interested in the concept of eSims but have no experience with them.
The notion of running my local sim plus having an international sim for phone use while in USA and EU could be handy.
What have members experience been? TIA
The eSIM is built into your phone and my iPhone 12 is permanently running on the eSIM without fault. I have a Telstra SIM to give me better coverage when I am in the country and when I find I don't have Vodafone coverage I turn on my Telstra service which often gives me reception. You could do the same by using a second SIM when overseas. I don't bother as I use Vodafone Roaming so I don't have to worry.
 

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I'm using an esim from Globalsim in Europe right now. It's data only and working really well. Locks in fast each country and good service and speed.
Unfortunately rideshares etc. Often need a number for verification and for those I've either just not used it or bit the bullet and switched to my regular Aus sim for verification
 

theblank

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I am interested in the concept of eSims but have no experience with them.
The notion of running my local sim plus having an international sim for phone use while in USA and EU could be handy.
What have members experience been? TIA
the wife who is a compete nuffy on phones except for taking selfies, managed to use one just fine for a month by herself. she had to flip back and forth couple of times to receive a TXT message (prefer to have AU sim disabled while roaming just in case)

It works, so dont worry about it and do it.
 
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