- U.S. users of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can now use eSIM.
- However, they must run the One UI 4.0 beta.
- Operator activation needs to scan the QR code.
US users of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can now take advantage of eSIM support, but only if they must register to get the Samsung beta update.
This option was launched with the first beta version of One UI 4.0 in the US and Europe, saying Android Center. eSIM allows people to activate phone services without a physical SIM card, which is especially convenient when traveling internationally. Samsung’s method does require scanning operator QR codes, which may prevent some prepaid plans.
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For some time, eSIM was mentioned in the official Galaxy S21 FAQ. It is not clear why Samsung has not adopted it for so long. In fact, Google’s Pixel phones have been equipped with eSIM since 2017.
One possible factor is cost — Although eSIM support is relatively cheap to implement, it still adds to the bill of materials for the mobile phone, and most mobile phone buyers can use a traditional SIM card. In fact, the first SIM card dates back to 1991, which means that this technology is cheap and ubiquitous.