Goodbye to physical chips in the iPhone 14 in the US: What are eSIMs?

In the US, the iPhone 14 will not have any physical chip slots, but will only accept eSIM .

During the presentation of the iPhone 14 , Apple has confirmed something that has been rumored for months: their cell phones will no longer have physical chips.

The replacement of the SIM cards will arrive for the United States, the eSIM , they are virtual “chips” that are not new, but that could gain presence due to the popularity of Apple in that market.

What is an eSIM chip?

eSIMs are virtual cards that can be activated even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi network. By not working with a physical chip, they would allow manufacturers to get rid of this slot and take advantage of the space for other components such as a larger battery.

eSIM allows the user to change a wireless provider, data or service plan through software instead of having to change a physical SIM card. In recent years, the  eSIM format has become more common in mainstream mobile devices.

Previously, Apple has supported eSIM alongside physical SIMs since the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, as well as cellular-capable iPads and Apple Watch .

Even, as CNET points out , last year’s iPhone 13 allowed multiple eSIMs to be enabled at once.

Are there eSIMs in Peru?

In Peru, for example, Claro has an  eSIM service , but for now limited to Apple Watch users .

Recently, the virtual operator Waoo announced the first eSIM plans in Peru for cell phones leasing the Entel network, but with LTE (4.5G) coverage.

On the internet you can find eSIMs from abroad that work in Peru for data, such as HolaFly, which delivers 6GB of data for 15 days for $44.