12 December 2018
Google has officially expanded the Pixel 3 eSIM support to carriers from around the world. It started offering eSIM capabilities with the Pixel 2 launch last year but it has been limited to Google Fi until now. But as per the latest announcement, it can now be used with different carriers available across different countries.
In an official blog post, Google said that eSIM support on Pixel 3 will work with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone in Germany. There is no exact date but it is said to start working "soon". Similarly, for the United States and the United Kingdom, it will be compatible with Sprint and EE respectively. It will be supported by Airtel and Reliance Jio for Indian users. Lastly, Truphone and Gigsky will offer the functionality for Pixel 3 users in various unnamed countries. The support is said to go live in all these regions in "coming months".
For the uninitiated ones, eSIM is a functionality where a user can take all the benefits of a carrier without having to go for a physical SIM card. All of the necessary SIM data is stored within the phone itself which saves the user from the hassle of buying a new SIM, taking out the SIM card slot, and then using it. This is definitely a boost for those who travel to various countries on regular basis.
Google further said that it will be building a program to help other Android OEMs release devices with eSIM capabilities. This program is likely to be a beneficial one as eSIMs can be used with different types of devices including tablets and smartwatches.