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Is Apple’s eSIM Support the Beginning of the End for the Traditional Removeable SIM Card?

by Phil Sealy | 4Q 2018 | IN-5266

It was always a case of when, rather than if, Apple would extend support of eSIM beyond its cellular-enabled smartwatches and select range of cellular-enabled tablets into its range of handsets. That when arrived on September 12, 2018, when it announced its XR, XS, and XS Max range of handsets, all of which include dual SIM support via a traditional removable SIM card slot, alongside an eSIM, with the exception of China where dual SIM functionality will be delivered via two traditional removable SIM card slots. September 2018 can now be considered a significant milestone in the development and deployment of the eSIM, moving the eSIM smartphone market from one that was solely occupied by Google and its Pixel 2 device, shipping a few million devices a year, towards, potentially, the hundreds of millions.

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