What is an eSIM?

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What is an eSIM?

We’re entering a whole new digital era, and this is one little update you’re going to want to keep up with…Introducing the eSIM! Don’t know what it is? Don’t worry because we’re here to tell all!

What Is An eSIM?

Ok, let’s get down to basics; an eSIM is the new way to get mobile data while you’re away. It’s out with the old (physically buying and changing to a local SIM card while you’re on holiday or frantically finding WIFI spots) and in with the new (using a digital eSIM, activated by a simple QR code, a feature that’s ALREADY built into your phone). With standard network data roaming charges hiking up, this new tech keeps you on the grid while travelling without coming back to a crazy bill. Plus, you won’t need to learn how to ask for the WIFI password in the local lingo (BIG WIN)!

How Does An eSIM Work?

Most new smart phones are eSIM ready but to be on the safe side, we recommend checking the list of compatible devices here first: Check Your Device

eSIMs are all about data so the first thing you need to do is pick a data plan (there’s a whole range of options from 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, 10GB, etc). There’s no hidden costs as prices are super low and set for the data package you want and the duration of your holiday.

This next bit is even easier… To start using your data package abroad, all you need to do is activate the eSIM on your phone by scanning a QR code. Here’s how to do it: eSIM Set Up

You’re all set up and ready to go! Remember, the eSIM only covers roaming data so you can use all the essential apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Instagram, and Messenger. For calls and SMS, you can still use your primary number– just make sure you turn the eSIM on for roaming data only.

eSIMs are all about data so the first thing you need to do is pick a data plan (there’s a whole range of options from 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, 10GB, etc). There’s no hidden costs as prices are super low and set for the data package you want and the duration of your holiday.

This next bit is even easier… To start using your data package abroad, all you need to do is activate the eSIM on your phone by scanning a QR code. Here’s how to do it: eSIM Set Up

You’re all set up and ready to go! Remember, the eSIM only covers roaming data so you can use all the essential apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Instagram, and Messenger. For calls and SMS, you can still use your primary number– just make sure you turn the eSIM on for roaming data only.

eSIM vs. Sim Card

Apart from getting with the times, there are actually some pretty big pros’ for picking an eSIM over a SIM card, so let’s get into it…

The activation is instant, you can start using data from the moment you step off the plane!

You get to keep your number – yep, no more doubling up in peoples contact list.

It’s SUPER cheap! The rates are low AND it’s all pre-paid before you go.

eSIM is all over-the-air (OTA) so you don’t have to worry about switching out your actual SIM card (we all know how frustratingly fiddly that is).

It’s quick and simple, there’s no faff of finding a SIM card shop at the airport.

Need a little more data? No problem. You can top top-up easily at any time or buy another data package!

Where Can I Get An eSIM?

Ah welcome to the future of travel- it’s pretty good here! Find SUPER low priced eSIM data packages for a range of destinations, including multi-destination packages for bigger groups, here:  eSIM Data Packages

PERK ALERT: Get 10% off your data packaging using our discount code*: TravelRepublic10

*Valid on all eSIM data plans booked before 31 Jun ‘23

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