Since a few years ago, eSIM support has grown, with Google and Apple leading the charge. Verizon is launching support for BYOD users this week so they can use an eSIM to activate their service on Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and iPhone devices without having to wait for a physical delivery.
A ESIM CAN NOW BE USED WITH VERIZON’S BYOD PROGRAM. Over the past few years, Verizon has significantly streamlined the procedure for adding unlocked cellphones to its network, but the program still required an actual SIM card. That typically involved either waiting for a SIM to arrive in the mail or buying one from a nearby shop.
Accessing your cellular network without a physical card is simple with eSIM. While networks like Google Fi and Visible have extensively promoted the technology, other traditional carriers have taken a little longer to implement it.
The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program now supports eSIM from the beginning of service, part of Verizon’s significant expansion of its eSIM offering this week. The new feature was introduced by Verizon’s George Koroneos in an tweet , and it is currently operational on the company’s website.
If your device qualifies for eSIM activation, you can check for compatibility using On Verizons website and an option will appear stating:
Avoid waiting for an actual SIM by activating this device right away.
To identify the eSIM on this smartphone, enter its IMEI number. Then, after placing your order, you can activate it.
WHICH TECHNOLOGIES ARE COMPATIBLE? Verizon doesn’t provide a comprehensive list of devices that enable eSIM activation on the BYOD program, but we’ve put together a tentative list of approved devices.
Pixel 6 Pro Google Pixel 6 Google Pixel 5 by Google In-Wave 5G Google Pixel 4a Alpha Google Pixel Apple iPhone 11/Pro iPhone 12/Pro/Mini from Apple iPhone 13/Pro/Mini from Apple S21 Galaxy Samsung Apple iPhone 6 Plus Galaxy S21 Ultra from Samsung Future Pixel and iPhone devices should have support, and it seems likely that the Galaxy S22 series will as well in the future. Given that these handsets support eSIM much as the S21 series, it is unclear why Verizon BYOD eSIM is not supported by Samsung’s most recent flagship series or the company’s foldables.
In any event, it is encouraging to witness this improvement. As far like we know, existing service cannot be converted to an eSIM, as Verizon’s Visible carrier does.