What is a travel eSIM? - What you need to know!

What is a travel eSIM? - What you need to know!

When you go abroad today, having the ability to stream to social media, access messaging platforms like Whatsapp or to be able to download email on the go is critical. However, the cost of roaming on your phone abroad can deliver eye-watering bills when you return home. Many travelers today look towards companies like Dataroam to provide them with temporary, affordable connectivity while visiting Europe. 

Until recently, this would have been delivered in the form of a traditional SIM card, which could be installed into your phone when you arrive at your destination. Today, however, there is a new, easier way of getting connected while abroad - eSIM! Through this article, we will explore the benefits of eSIM and why you should consider it when organising the connectivity for your next European adventure. 

What is a travel eSIM? 

A travel eSIM, or embedded SIM, is a digital or electronic SIM card that is integrated into compatible devices such as smartphones. Unlike traditional physical SIM cards that need to be inserted into a device, eSIMs are installed onto the device by scanning a QR code which will apply the international network to your device. eSIMs are super easy to install and can allow you to be up and running in a few minutes so you can start using your data as soon as you arrive. 

What mobile phones support travel eSIMs? 

eSIM-compatible phones are now the norm, with the latest iPhone moving to being eSIM only in the US. Did you know however that eSIM-compatible phones have been around for a number of years. To make it easy for you to identify whether your phone is eSIM compatible, we have pulled a list together of all eSIM-ready phones.


Apple eSIM-compatible phones

Samsung Phone

Samsung eSIM-compatible phones

Google Phone

Google eSIM-compatible phones

Huawei Phone

Huawei eSIM-compatible phones

Sony Phone

Other eSIM-compatible phones


What are the benefits of using a travel eSIM?

Travel eSIMs have been specifically developed to cater to the needs of travelers who require access to mobile network services while traveling internationally, without having to physically swap out their SIM cards. These eSIMs offer users the flexibility to switch between different mobile carriers or data plans remotely through software activation. This is usually achieved by scanning QR codes or downloading profiles provided by mobile network operators, making the process fast, easy, and hassle-free.

One of the significant advantages of travel eSIMs is that they enable users to access mobile network services in different countries or regions without worrying about high roaming charges. Additionally, they provide the convenience of remotely managing multiple mobile numbers and plans, making them an ideal solution for frequent travelers who need to stay connected while on the move.

  • Global Connectivity: Travel eSIMs offer the convenience of supporting multiple carriers, providing access to mobile networks across various countries without the need for country-specific SIM cards.
  • Cost Savings: Travelers can potentially save on roaming charges by switching to local carrier plans or purchasing short-term data packages in the countries they visit, thereby avoiding hefty charges.
  • Flexibility: eSIMs allow users to manage multiple mobile network profiles simultaneously on a single device, providing flexibility in choosing the most suitable plans or carriers based on their needs and preferences. 
  • Compatibility: Although support for eSIMs varies by device and carrier, an increasing number of newer smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices are equipped with eSIM functionality, ensuring broad compatibility across a range of devices.

Where can I buy a Travel eSIM for Europe?

Dataroam is a leading provider of eSIMs for travelers to Europe from Canada, United States and Mexico. Our eSIMs provide seamless and hassle-free connectivity. With Dataroam's eSIMs, users can enjoy:

  1. Instant Activation: Effortlessly activate the eSIM by scanning a QR code, allowing for immediate access to data services upon arrival in Europe. No physical SIM card swaps or lengthy setup processes required.
  2. Flexible Data Plans: Choose from a range of data plans tailored to different European destinations, durations of stay, and data needs. Whether it's for a short trip or an extended vacation, our eSIM plans offer flexibility to match your usage requirements.
  3. Wide Network Coverage: Benefit from comprehensive network coverage across multiple European countries. Stay connected in major cities, rural areas, and popular tourist destinations without worrying about connectivity issues.
  4. Cost-Effective Solutions: Avoid exorbitant roaming charges and unpredictable fees. Dataroam's eSIMs offer cost-effective alternatives, allowing travelers to stay connected without the fear of returning home to hefty phone bills.
  5. User-Friendly Experience: Our user-friendly interface and clear instructions make activating and managing the eSIM a straightforward process, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.
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