Does Samsung make eSIM phones? Back in the day, a SIM card was as big as a credit card. No, really. And now, having gone through Mini-SIM, Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM, we have reached the realm of the eSIM.
But what exactly is an eSIM, and are there any Samsung eSIM phones? Don't worry, we'll explain exactly what's going on. And once you're done, why not check out our guide on how to transfer photos from a Samsung phone to a computer wirelessly? Don't say we don't look after you.
Do Samsung Phones Support eSIMs?
We do like answering easy questions. Yes, Samsung Phones do support eSIMs. They aren't available on every handset, so it's important that you check which model you have before destroying your old SIM card.
Many, if not all, will be Dual SIM. In other words, they will still retain the physical SIM slot for a card, while also being compatible with an eSIM.
But which models of Samsung phones are compatible with an eSIM? Let's have a look.
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Which Samsung Devices Are Compatible With eSIMs?
Below, we'll provide a list of all the Samsung Phones that have eSIM functionality. But first, a disclaimer: eSIMs require a wireless service plan, which often depends on whether or not your network provider offers one of these. Availability may also vary between countries, so while a device may technically be eSIM compatible, it is possible that where you live won't let you use one.
With all that being said, here are the relevant handsets that can (potentially) make use of an eSIM:
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy Note20
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S22
- Samsung Galaxy S22+
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy S20+
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G Fold
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Does Samsung A50, A51, and A52 support eSIM?
Unfortunately, Samsung A50, A51, and A52 phones don't support eSIM. Nano-SIM is the only option for these smartphones. The Samsung phones that currently support eSIM are listed above.
What Is An eSIM?
After all this, you may still be wondering what an eSIM actually is, and how it works. And it actually has nothing to do with witchcraft.
An eSIM (the e stands for 'embedded') works in the same way as a traditional SIM, in that it stores the data that's needed to enable your device to use your mobile network. Unlike a conventional SIM though, this is downloaded onto your device, rather than being a physical card that you insert into your phone.
An eSIM is a small chip built into the phone, and the information stored on it can be overwritten, which would allow you to change the mobile network very quickly and easily.
It has the potential to be extremely advantageous for travellers, because in theory at least, you could add a roaming eSIM to your handset, but still be able to access your main number. This is possible with phones that have Dual SIM trays. But a lot of phones can only house one SIM card, meaning you have to keep swapping the SIM if you need to use a specific number.
Now you know what an eSIM is, and you also know which Samsung devices are compatible. As you will have noticed, there are plenty of them, and we can only imagine that more devices will be added to this list as newer devices start to incorporate this, and older phones become obsolete.