1.2 billion eSIMs installed worldwide

Little by little, eSIMs are spreading around the world. There are a total of 1.2 billion built into devices today, according to Juniper Research, which expects an increase to 3.4 billion in 2025.

Apple plays a major role in the democratization of these electronic chips which replace or support plastic SIM cards. The iPhone XS were almost the first smartphones to integrate an eSIM – the Pixel 2 preceded them, but they have not sold as many units … Since the launch of the iPhone SE 2020, all Apple phones benefit of an eSIM.

Some high-end Android smartphones integrate an eSIM, but they remain in the minority. Manufacturers still favor the dual Nano-SIM slot (which is what Apple does for iPhones sold in China for regulatory reasons).

On the far right, an eSIM from the manufacturer Infineon. Image AnandTech.

In iPhones and cellular iPads, the eSIM acts as a second SIM, in addition to the slot for the Nano-SIM card. But in the Apple Watch, as in other 4G connected watches, it is obviously the only chip dedicated to the cellular connection.

In France, Orange took charge of the iPhone’s eSIM in 2019. SFR, Bouygues and Free Mobile only got started last year – at the very end of the year for the troublemaker. Improvements remain to be made both on the side of Apple (to manage dual SIM in 5G, for example, which will happen with iOS 14.5), and on the side of operators, to simplify the procedures. Regarding the Apple Watch eSIM, Bouygues and Free Mobile still do not support it.

In a survey conducted last year in our columns, you were 31% to say that you take advantage of your iPhone’s eSIM.


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