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I can’t believe how actually convenient it is to get a new eSIM while traveling

I can’t believe how actually convenient it is to get a new eSIM while traveling

Whenever I plan a trip to a new country, the first thing I research are prepaid SIMs. Messaging family, urgent work matters, on-the-spot research, all of these require some form of connectivity and I'd much rather have my own SIM than use free, unprotected Wi-Fi access points. During my recent trip to Brussels, I thought I wouldn't need to bother with that because of EU data roaming regulations. I was mistaken, and as a result, I had to scramble for a last-minute solution. That's how I found Mobimatter and GlobaleSIM, and my experience with them was excellent.

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Samsung is finally rolling out eSIM support to Galaxy phones in the US — here are the models so far

Samsung is finally rolling out eSIM support to Galaxy phones in the US — here are the models so far

Although plenty of devices in the US technically have eSIMs, only Apple's iPhone and Google's Pixel series allow users to connect to networks using the digital cards included in their phones. Many of Samsung's recent flagships also have eSIMs built-in, but without the backing of US carriers, the feature has gone unused. Thankfully, that's finally changing, as T-Mobile is the first carrier to add support for eSIM on Samsung devices running on its network, starting with the Galaxy Note20 series.

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Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G dual SIM support has been improved in March update

Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G dual SIM support has been improved in March update

Monday's feature drop for the Pixel phones included a fun nugget that wasn't in the official changelog: it appears you can now use both a physical SIM card and an eSIM on 5G networks at the same time. Previously users who had both installed and operational were limited to LTE speeds, even if their carrier had 5G service in the area.

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Montblanc's stupid-expensive Summit 2+ Wear OS watch comes to Verizon for $1,170

Montblanc's stupid-expensive Summit 2+ Wear OS watch comes to Verizon for $1,170

Luxury watch brand Montblanc announced its Summit 2+ smartwatch back in March. The Wear OS watch is now available to order from Verizon for an eye-boggling $1,170. It doesn't offer much that really stands out except for two things: built-in LTE connectivity and a price tag that's higher than anybody should probably pay.

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Pixel 4 December update adds official support for T-Mobile eSIM

Pixel 4 December update adds official support for T-Mobile eSIM

The Pixel 2 was the first of Google's devices to support the eSIM standard, which allows you to switch carriers without inserting a physical SIM card. Now that the Pixel 4 is sold on all major carriers, more networks can be activated using eSIM — including T-Mobile.

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AT&T adds eSIM support for the Pixel 4 to coincide with the phone's launch

AT&T adds eSIM support for the Pixel 4 to coincide with the phone's launch

Starting with the Pixel 2 from 2017, Google has been embedding an eSIM into all of its Pixel phones. Although eSIM has been touted for its many virtues — changing one's carrier remotely without a physical SIM card and enablement of the dual-SIM dual-standby feature — its adoption rate from US carriers has been very slow and limited to select devices. After skipping over the Pixel 3 phones last year, AT&T has added the Pixel 4 to the list of supported eSIM devices.

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'Simjacker' exploit can compromise vulnerable phones with just an SMS message

'Simjacker' exploit can compromise vulnerable phones with just an SMS message

Yesterday, security researchers at AdaptiveMobile Security revealed the existence of a new exploit they call "Simjacker," which they say allows for remote surveillance from targeted phones (among other potential actions) using nothing more than a malicious SMS. They even claim that the exploit has been actively used over the last two years by "a highly sophisticated threat actor in multiple countries." It all sounds like a pretty big deal, and unfortunately for concerned consumers, the researchers leave plenty of unanswered questions.

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[Update: Not working in Beta 4] Android Q brings half-baked dual-SIM support to the Pixel 3

[Update: Not working in Beta 4] Android Q brings half-baked dual-SIM support to the Pixel 3

Google has embedded eSIM capability into its Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 handsets, so users could choose between using a physical chip or a virtual one. Unfortunately, the option was limited to registering one or the other on the network, but not both at the same time. With Android Q, the company is bringing (limited) dual-SIM support to its latest flagship, so you can simultaneously connect both the physical and eSIM to the cell towers.

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Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, and others will soon support the Pixel 3's eSIM

Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, and others will soon support the Pixel 3's eSIM

The Pixel 2 was one of the first smartphones with eSIM — a feature that allows devices to connect to cellular networks without inserting a physical SIM card. The Pixel 2 and 3 both have eSIM, but it's only used for Google Fi. That will soon change, as multiple carriers are working to support the feature.

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eSIM support coming to Chrome OS, may work with Project Fi

eSIM support coming to Chrome OS, may work with Project Fi

Chromebooks with built-in SIM cards used to be relatively common, but they've fallen out of style in recent years. As Chromebooks become more and more functional offline, the need for always-on cellular connectivity seemingly isn't as important as it used to be. According to recent code commits, it looks like Google might be bringing back cellular support in a big way.

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