A major novelty in the introduction of the iPhone 14 was the welcome of the eSIM and the farewell to the SIM card tray that has accompanied Apple’s flagship phone since 2007.
Before delving into what the iPhone 14 eSIM is and if it will work in the Dominican Republic, an important point should be clarified. Initially, the US will be the only country where the iPhone 14 will be sold without a SIM tray. Despite the above, it is still the first step for the company in an ambitious strategy that covers more regions.
Apple has chosen to abandon SIM cards and adopt an eSIM to connect its upcoming mobile devices. What does this mean for the future of the iPhone, will there be eSIM services in the Dominican Republic? lets see.
What is an eSIM?
In case you don’t remember or you are under 30 years old, we tell you that before SIM cards existed, cell phones were connected through a technology called CDMA. With it, you can access the operator’s network from your cell phone, despite the lack of flexibility we know today.
Many claim that the eSIM is a throwback to CDMA. But Apple defends that it’s not about that. They state that an eSIM is a SIM card in a digital format. Thus, by simply reading the QR code, your device can access the data and call plan of the operator that provides this capability.
Thus, Apple makes it clear that you can purchase a contract with another operator without having to leave home to contract the service and then wait for the physical card.
Advantages and disadvantages
Like CDMA technology, an eSIM cannot be removed in any physical way. In fact, this can lead to many positive aspects, but also some disadvantages. One of them is the possibility that the eSIM will not be recovered after removing it from your mobile device, since not all operators allow you to reuse it. Of course, not all of them work this way, but this is something to consider when getting one.
Among its benefits, in addition to the convenience provided by the presence of a digital variable, we find a very important one. In the event of theft, the criminal will not be able to remove the SIM card from the iPhone due to its default nature. Therefore, locating it becomes more realistic, and it can help many users to recover their devices.
What will happen to the iPhone 14 in countries that do not have this technology?
iPhones are among the most frequently exported devices from the US to other countries in the world, either because they cannot be obtained officially or for some other reason.
In some of these areas, eSIM technology has not yet been introduced among the phone companies. So what will happen to users in these regions who want to get an iPhone 14 or 14 Pro imported from the US? The only way out will be to activate the roaming service, a rather old system that is somewhat rejected by tourists around the world.
Now, when we talk about getting the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro through the official route, the rest of the regions outside the US will be able to insert a SIM card in the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, as the model is marketed in these countries will keep the tray. In this way, Apple doesn’t seem to force the move to eSIM in a massive way around the world. However, they have already let out what they intend to do for the industry in the future.
Where to find an eSIM for iPhone 14 or 14 Pro?
There are some regions that have a high level of choice in this regard. For this reason, if you want to get the iPhone 14 or 14 Pro on your next trip to the US, you should consider the operators that offer this technology in your country.
The following information comes directly from website from Apple. In Iberian America it includes:
- Spain: Movistar, Orange, Pepphone, Truphone, Vodafone, Yoigo.
- Mexico: AT&T and Movistar.
- Argentina: Certainly, Movistar, personal.
- Colombia: Movistar.
- Chili pepper: Intel and Movistar.
Will the eSIM work in the Dominican Republic?
Since the announcement of the iPhone 14 and eSIM, many users on social networks have mentioned that the Claro operator has already enabled eSIM for the Dominican Republic.
– Wilkinmeta September 8, 2022
Active and functional eSim here in DR via GoogleFi pic.twitter.com/q0UDZS81RT
– LDO (@LuisDaniel21) September 9, 2022
In this regard, Claro has not released any information in this regard. and the website From Apple, which groups all operators by country that offer the eSIM service, the Dominican Republic does not have among its options. However, many tech professionals say that Apple can create versions with the SIM tray for several Latin American countries. In fact, we will have to wait.