Will iPhone 15 work in the Philippines via eSIM?

Go digital with iPhone 15 and eSIM when the latest iOS flagship arrives later this year.

You probably heard of eSIM, the latest replacement for the old physical SIM that’s been around for years. If you’re buying the latest iPhone, you should know that it will likely arrive in the Philippines in two variants – one with a physical SIM tray and one without.

eSIM is a digital SIM that lets you activate a cellular plan from your carrier but without the tiny and easy-to-lose nano-SIM cards. Plus, a smartphone can use several eSIMs and more than phone numbers at a time.

According to Apple, you can install at least eight eSIMs on an iPhone and use two phone numbers simultaneously. But you need the following to enjoy these perks:

  • An iPhone (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or later).
  • A network carrier that supports eSIM.
  • A Wi-Fi network.

You can activate your eSIMs using the iPhone 15 in the Philippines through a carrier app or QR code. Both Globe Telecom and Smart Communications support eSIMs, however, there are limitations to who can avail them.

eSIMs are currently exclusive to postpaid subscribers and are not yet supported on Touch Mobile (TM) and Talk ‘N Text (TNT). This means you need to apply for a plan to migrate to the eSIM-enabled iPhone 15. Otherwise, you’ll have to stick to the other variant.

Should you upgrade to eSIM? eSIM have several benefits, including:

  • You can’t damage or lose an eSIM.
  • Your phone is less prone to unauthorized access.
  • You can store “profiles” since eSIMs let you keep more than one cellphone plan at once.

iPhone 15 is expected to arrive in stores in the US next weekend. The latest iPhone may arrive in other markets starting next month.


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