Samsung Gear S2 Classic smartwatch was the company’s first gadget to accept eSIM in 2016, while eSIM has been around for a while. There is still no simple way to move an eSIM between phones because its handling and control on Android-powered devices are so drastically different. By releasing a new tool later this year, Google intends to change that.
Google declared that an eSIM transfer tool will be coming to Android later this year during the ongoing MWC 2023 event. A newer version of Android (Android 14), which will be launched in Q4 2023, is said to be included with it. It implies that Galaxy phones running One UI 6.0 can be found with this capability.
Users can simply and securely move an eSIM from one device to another thanks to a functionality that is based on a GSMA standard.
Deutsche Telekom will be the first carrier to deploy Android’s eSIM transfer feature, according to a Google announcement. This means users won’t need to sign up for a new eSIM every time they switch devices and wait a few hours for it to activate. eSIM transfer across iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches is already available from Apple.
All smartphones may lose their actual SIM card slots once this functionality is completely implemented worldwide and all carriers begin to support it, much like replaceable batteries and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
In the US, Apple already offers the iPhone 14 series without a physical SIM card port.
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