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An eSIM is a digital version of a SIM card that makes activation quick & easy as long as your phone is compatible. Get premium wireless for $15/month with eSIM today.

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An eSIM, short for "embedded SIM," is built directly into your phone. It stores your account info & phone number like a SIM card, but allows for a faster, more convenient activation.  Check out these other eSIM benefits:

What is an esim

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    Verify your unlocked phone is eSIM-compatible. If it isn't, no worries. You can still join Mint Mobile with a physical SIM card. Check phone.

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    Once you've verified that your phone is compatible, pick your plan and choose “eSIM Delivery” at checkout.

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    Activate your plan and install your eSIM in the Mint Mobile app or by scanning the QR code sent to your email (we'll walk you through it).


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What is eSIM?

An eSIM, or an eSIM card, short for "embedded SIM," is a digital version of a physical SIM card, built directly into your phone. It’s a newer technological advancement that allows for faster, secure activation. It stores your account info & phone number, like a physical SIM card, but with enhanced convenience and security. It is also programmable remotely via software that’s built into eSIM-compatible phones. This software makes it easier to switch carriers, or maintain active wireless plans with multiple carriers simultaneously.

Are there disadvantages to eSIM?

Because eSIM is a newer technology, not all phones are eSIM compatible. Similarly, not all wireless networks support eSIM yet. Switching phones can also be a bit more complicated with eSIM compared to a physical SIM card. With eSIM, there will be a few extra steps for installation compared to swapping a physical SIM card from one phone to another.

Is eSIM better than a physical SIM card?

Both are great options, it just depends on what you’re looking for. If you have an unlocked, eSIM-compatible phone, you can switch to Mint in minutes instead of waiting for a physical SIM card to arrive in the mail. You can also purchase a new eSIM-compatible phone directly from us. With "dual SIM," you can have two active lines on one phone, plus more stored eSIM lines. With a SIM card, you can just have one line (or two, if you have a physical SIM card and an eSIM). This feature allows you to have a personal line and a work line on the same phone. An eSIM takes up less physical space on your phone since it doesn’t need a SIM card and its tray, so eSIM-compatible phones are also typically slimmer. Plus, eSIMs are more environmentally friendly than a SIM card because they don’t have to be created and mailed.

How do I get my eSIM?

There are a few ways to get an eSIM. If you decide to join Mint, you can get an eSIM as long as your phone is eSIM-compatible. Or, you can purchase an eSIM-compatible phone through us. When you purchase your plan, you’ll select eSIM as your preferred SIM type. Then, after you finish checking out, your eSIM activation code will be sent via email. After that, you’ll follow the directions in our activation guide that will walk you through downloading the Mint Mobile app, activating your plan and installing your eSIM. If you’re a current Mint subscriber who wants to switch from a physical SIM card to an eSIM, read more here.

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