How eSIMs Can Save You Time And Money

Peter Steven Ho
7 min readMar 8, 2022

It’s easier than you think.

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The time has come to dust off my travel shoes and head abroad once again. After a lengthy lockdown, it would be nice to spend a while in another time zone. It’s not a holiday as you might expect but a relocation. There’ll certainly be a few stops along the way and plans to go exploring once I settle in.

The problem I find once I leave home is staying in touch with my clients, as well as family and friends. Plus there’s the problem of keeping up with my writing schedule and engaging with my audience.

Of course, if I was really desperate, I can always use a public Wi-Fi network, but it’s unreliable and slow, especially when it’s routed through a VPN. And no … doing away with the VPN is not an option.

The most convenient solution to work on the move is to hotspot or share my cellular data across to my computer, which can be expensive. But I’m going to show you how to do it without costing a small fortune.

Minimum requirement

Now in order for any of my advice to work, you must have an unlocked GSM phone that takes a hard SIM and an eSIM (embedded SIM). Here are some of the popular dual SIM phones that are on the market:

  • Apple iPhone XS, SE or newer models
  • Samsung Galaxy S20, S21, Z Flip, Note 20, Fold, Z Fold 2 or newer models
  • Google Pixel 2, 3, 3XL, 3a, 3XL, 4, 4XL, 4a and 5

For a comprehensive list of suitable phones, click here.

The key attribute is to ensure that the phone is unlocked, because locked phones won’t work with either a hard SIM or an eSIM from another carrier.

Hard SIM — primary service

When I’m at home, I’m very much in favour of using a prepaid service and I’ve been a prepaid consumer for more than a decade.

Since customer turnover is high for prepaid services, it’s become a very competitive market with generous deals for data, text and talk time. Being able to switch anytime to a different carrier without penalty for a better deal is what I like most about being a prepaid consumer.

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Peter Steven Ho

BSc (Hons), LLB. Freelance writer in Technology, Science and Travel. Come join me on a journey of discovery.