Google introduced a ton of features to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but one of its astounding features is the ability to not use SIM of different carriers. Since the implementation of this technology on the device will happen gradually, therefore, Both devices still have a nano-SIM slot, but they also use eSIMs like that on the Apple Watch Series 3. For this feature to shine, your carrier should support this feature, the process is very simple and can be set up at the beginning. You just have to download a virtual SIM during the setup process to activate service. That’s definitely a welcome change for those who use single SIM phones or keep swapping their SIM among different smartphones.
During the recent launch event, Google gave away some information about the usage of the eSIM cards. As long as you’re a Project Fi subscriber, Google will use the devices’ built-in eSIMs to authenticate your cellular account. Prior to today, no smartphone has ever used the eSIM standard. The relatively new technology has typically been reserved for LTE-equipped tablets, smartwatches, and other cellular wearables.
“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,” writes Joy Xi, a product manager for Project Fi, in Google’s official blog post on the subject. “Getting wireless service with eSIM is as quick as connecting your phone to Wi-Fi.”
For now, users will need to insert a SIM cards for other carriers, also, it won’t be a surprise to see some carriers raising eyebrows on this feature. After all, this would let you easily activate or switch carriers without ordering a card or visiting a store. Apparently, it’s about making your device future proof.