Updated: Aug 14
Ladies and gentlemen, put down your magnifying glasses and squint no more at the tiny slots on your smartphones. Yes, we're talking about those pesky little things called SIM cards. You know, the ones that always seem to slip out of their designated tray at the most inconvenient times. Well, fear not, my fellow wanderlusts and digi-nomads! There's a new sheriff in town, and its name is eSIM. That's right, no more physical cards to fumble with. With eSIMs, you can switch carriers with a few taps on your phone, just like changing your Facebook status. It's like having a virtual SIM card that never gets lost, never gets stuck, and never runs out of credit. So, pack your bags, book your flights, and let's dive into the world of eSIMs, where the only thing you need to worry about is which emoji to use when you post your travel pics on Instagram.
Why eSIMs are the latest and greatest travel hack
Looking to stay connected while globe-trotting without the headache of dealing with physical SIM cards? Say hello to eSIMs! With just a few clicks and an eSIM plan from providers like Airalo, you can install your eSIM and connect to a local network without even leaving the comfort of your home (or the airport lounge). Here are even more reasons to switch to eSIMs for your travels:
Instant Connection: Forget the stress of switching to a new physical SIM every time you cross a border. With an eSIM, you can simply download a new plan and start using it right away.
Flexibility: eSIMs allow you to easily switch between different calling or data plans depending on where you are, giving you more options to find the best plan for your needs.
It's cheaper: Say goodbye to those exorbitant international roaming fees. eSIM plans are usually much cheaper, and there are no surprise charges to worry about.
It's more secure: With an eSIM, you don't have to worry about losing or damaging your physical SIM. It's all stored virtually, so it's always safe and sound.
No foreign number change: Keep your digits while globetrotting and avoid the hassle of getting a new number in every new country.
Regional SIM: Instead of juggling different physical SIM cards as you travel, you can purchase a regional or even global eSIM to cover all your destinations.
Environmentally friendly: Ditching the physical SIM cards means less waste and pollution. Plus, updates and purchases can be done remotely, cutting down on packaging and transportation.
Stay connected: No more struggling to find the right local service provider. Keep your traditional SIM and switch carriers virtually once you hit your destination.
Save time: Activating an eSIM is quick and easy, meaning you can connect to the internet as soon as you arrive. No more wasting precious vacation time searching for a local SIM vendor.
I'm sold. How do I get one?
First, let's check if you're compatible
The majority of new smartphones feature the ability to use eSIMs. The steps to activate an eSIM may differ according to the type of device.
Here's a couple easy ways to check if your phone supports SIM cards:
Browse Airalo's list of eSIM-compatible devices (it's updated regularly to include new models)
Do a quick Google-ing
For more information, you can also browse the following:
If you're running iOS, follow the steps in this article.
If you have a Samsung or Android phone, check here.
If your device is running Windows, check here.
We're good. Let's gooo!
Great! We're excited to announce our new eSIM partner, Airalo, enabling digital nomads and frequent travelers to connect easily in over 200 worldwide destinations.
To find an eSIM, simply go to any upcoming trip page in the Overlap app and find a link to download your eSIM in advance of your trip. You can also follow this link. Your phone must be unlocked and eSIM-compatible, and activations may vary depending on your device. Airalo's website and app (available on iOS and Android) offer a range of eSIM options to choose from.
We're thrilled to partner with Airalo to provide our community of digital nomads and frequent travelers with an easy and efficient way to stay connected while on the go.