T-Mobile Netherlands has become the first Dutch mobile operator to offer eSIM for its iPhone and iPad users.
eSIM stands for 'embedded sim', an electronically built-in sim card that is installed in devices such as smartphones and tablets. eSIM makes, among other things, a 'dual sim' functionality possible for devices including the iPhone.
With the 'dual sim', customers use different subscriptions on one device, without changing their SIM card. This makes it easier to use one mobile phone for both business and private use. Until recently, this 'dual sim' functionality was only possible on mobile phones in which two separate SIM cards are placed next to each other. Apple is changing that with eSIM in its newest iPhones and makes it possible to be accessible on two numbers simultaneously without an additional separate SIM card. T-Mobile is the first Dutch provider to support eSIM on Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
T-Mobile is currently experimenting with the Apple Watch Cellular. An Apple Watch Cellular makes independent use of the mobile network possible; a connection to an iPhone is no longer necessary. With the introduction of eSIM, T-Mobile is taking a first step in the technological support that is necessary for the Apple Watch Cellular.