Google announced its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones today at an event. During said event, the company went into detail surrounding many key areas of the devices. However, one pretty significant feature of the new smartphones wasn’t mentioned and later published in a blog post, and that’s eSIM support.
Inside the new Pixels, Google built in an eSIM similar to what’s in the new Apple Watch Series 3. This allows for users to activate their devices on various carriers without having to insert a physical SIM card. “This means you no longer need to go to a store to get a SIM card for wireless service, wait a few days for your card to arrive in the mail, or fumble around with a bent paper clip to coax your SIM card into a tiny slot,” said Joy Xi, product manager at Project Fi.Starting with Project Fi, Google will be testing the eSIM in the Pixel 2s to see how well they work. If things are off to a good start, the company may expand the feature’s capabilities to other carriers.
Starting with Project Fi, Google will be testing the eSIM in the Pixel 2s to see how well they work. If things are off to a good start, the company may expand the feature’s capabilities to other carriers. Of course, there’s still a standard SIM slot on the side of both phones, but using an eSIM may prove to provide a quicker, easier, less painful experience while switching carriers.
For now, we’re piloting eSIM on the newest Pixel devices with Project Fi. We look forward to sharing what we learn and working together with industry partners to encourage more widespread adoption.
Normally, the case with eSIM cards is to provide a simpler way to activate your device on a carrier. However, devices like the Apple Watch or iPad have proven to have difficulties activating on networks using the technology so it remains unclear if Google was able to pull the feature off for a smartphone. More testing likely needs to be conducted first so expect more on this subject in the near future.
If you wanna try out the new eSIM, you’ll need to purchase either a Pixel 2 or 2 XL and sign up for Project Fi.