Before I went for a holiday to the Philippines last year, I saw an advertisement of a mobile network company offering an eSIM. I was curious so I did a bit of digging. The eSIM is a type of digital SIM that allows you to set-up your mobile network without inserting a physical SIM card into your phone. Great, isn’t it?
I was with Virgin mobile at that time. Unfortunately, they don’t offer eSIMs yet. The agent mentioned about 02 (Virgin and 02 have merged) offering that type of SIM. I can also change to 02 network without fuss and retain my number which was great. So, I told them they can go ahead and I want an eSIM. It took a few days to receive my eSIM.
Setting up the eSIM on my phone was easy. However, I faced some network issues which was sorted after a few days.
A week after I arrived in the Philippines, I went to the local Globe store to buy a SIM card. Unfortunately, Globe eSIMs are only available on postpaid plans so they can only offer me a physical SIM card. I then inserted the physical SIM card and both networks worked!
It’s been almost a year now since using and taking advantage of the dual SIM feature on my phone. It’s very handy to have a Philippine number which I can use when I go for a holiday. If you own a Philippine bank account, it’s useful because it can also receive OTPs. Make sure you activate the roaming feature so you can still use your Globe SIM abroad.
I also managed to set-up a GCash account which was very convenient when paying for Pag-IBIG, other bills or by just transferring money to another account.
To avoid deactivation of my Globe SIM card, I set-up an alarm every 50 days (as a safety net) to remind me to reload. I believe the minimum amount you can load is 5php. You can also send load using GCash which is very easy and convenient too!
NOTE: eSIM feature is available on iPhone models XS, XS Max, XR and later.