Testimonials : “released, issued, finally the dual-SIM” on iPhone with the eSIM

Since last month, Orange and Sosh are finally compatible with the eSIM of the iPhone XS and XR, thus paving the way for the simultaneous use of a second SIM card in these models. What is it ? It was the matter of our call to witness to which you have been a quarantine to respond.

Have two SIM at the same time in the same phone, it is also recent on iPhone that old on Android. The Platypus has left the iPhone there are several years of this for the ” comfort “ provided by the dual-SIM on Android (dual SIM with two cards traditional on Android, unlike the iPhone which operates a eSIM).

“Released, issued, finally the dual-SIM. Finally, after 12 years, I’m going to have to stop constantly to have two phones with me “, famous etienner76 , like others, is still attached to the iPhone despite its imperative need of double line. Have only one phone instead of two, he was asked to change a habit is to take notes on a phone in the other ear : ” Solution : AirPods. Bravo Apple for this wonderful invention “

Personal + pro

Several uses of the dual-SIM stand out of testimonials. The first, anything but surprising, it is the opportunity to have his personal line and business line in one phone. Jeremy352 and titeuf86, who are both of a liberal profession, were waiting for this with impatience.

“I am a physiotherapist liberal and I’m reluctant for many years to give my mobile number to patients (they have the number of the cabinet). So, I enabled the eSIM Sosh my iPhone XR and I’ve just ordered a SIM Free with a plan at 2 €/month for communicate with my patients,” says Jeremy352. ” Outside of these hours, simply deactivate the line pro and flawless “, abounds titeuf86.

Murtax, which will also use the dual SIM for his work, sees the network coverage additional as this will offer him :

My work requires me to be constantly in attendance, and residing in the island of Corsica, some areas are poorly served. I ordered a SIM SFR for a second package, this one will only be used to transfer call when I have no network on Orange. And vice-versa.

Let us recall in this connection that the iPhone can only connect to a single data network at once. You can’t “add up” at the same time the 4G network of Orange and SFR, for example.

The border

The dual-SIM is also useful for the border that have subscriptions in two different countries. Before you take advantage of the eSIM, LeoCristal had put in place a hack for not having an iPhone :

Being the border of luxembourg, I have my main SIM in French and a second in luxembourg. Prior to the eSIM, in addition to my iPhone XS I let it connect an old Android constantly turned on with an application that transferred me SMS and calls. But hey, there was always a lag, and then impossible to call via the number in luxembourg.

The support of the eSIM, by Orange has just simplified : it has switched its package Sosh on the embedded chip and put its nano-SIM card, POST in his iPhone. It is a book about a small tip : ” Don’t like the letters P (POST) and S (Sosh), which could be subject to confusion with primary and secondary, I finally opted for émojis flags representing the countries according to the line. “

JonasL takes advantage of the dual SIM since last November, because his swiss operator jumped to the not before Orange :

I use my plan at Sunrise (eSIM, CHF 45 per month, unlimited calls in Switzerland, 2 Gb) only for calls in Switzerland (primarily used in professional, therefore, reimbursed by work) and my package Orange (SIM classic, 100 Gb, unlimited in Europe including Switzerland) for data and calls in France (I’m there regularly) and in other countries (primarily used in private). Very convenient, one has the impression to have a standard telephone in your pocket.

pyby85, which has a similar configuration, points out another advantage :

In Switzerland, if SIM Sosh, it can’t hang up a network in switzerland (it happens), or being too close to the border, it remains on “Orange F Edge”. In two clicks in the application “Settings”, it passes the data on the eSIM switzerland, which is already on 3G or 4G. To buy in a few seconds a ticket when the train arrives, it is much faster than going to scan the networks and then force them on a swiss network !


Beyond the border, the travellers are also of interest in the dual SIM. In addition to its eSIM Sosh, Gaetanmac has a nano-SIM Free Mobile that he uses when he moves outside of Europe. Free is indeed far above the competition with 25 Gb/month included in more than 65 destinations (North America, Brazil, Tunisia, China, Australia, India, etc.). This saves them to buy a local SIM every time.

Another solution might be to opt for a package international directly accessible from the eSIM. This is what kpouer and Caliao, who is canadian :

My line to TELUS with SIM physics. I use the eSIM from my iPhone when I want to have a data plan abroad. I juggle between GigSky, Ubigi and Truphone. The packages are really not expensive, just $ 30 CAD [20 €, ndr] for 5 Gb of data for a period of 30 days, depending on the promotions !

The dual-SIM so you will be always reachable on his number of French abroad by using a local package, but attention to costs is very high for the reception and emission of calls. For example, receive in China a call on his line Sosh costs 1,40 €/min (tariff sheet). It is best to do as Caliao : ” I turn off my line to TELUS when I am abroad, the costs of canadian carrier when it uses outside of Canada/Usa may be as high as 12 $/day. “


Although the dual SIM capability simplifies already the lives of iPhone owners, it still remains largely to be improved. Several users complain about not being able to use WhatsApp with two numbers, you should always stick to one. A problem which is may not be one for most of the users concerned, since there’s the second app WhatsApp Business to use the e-mail with a second number on the same phone, note philolilo.

Fredsp68 signals that define the line to be assigned to each contact takes time. In fact, the iPhone uses the same number that you used the last time you called this contact. If you have not called this contact, it is the default number that is used. On this subject, Fredsp68 find it a pity that a call from a number with a clickable link automatically cycles through the line by default, without asking which one to use.

Always in the management of the lines, titeuf86 and Ephaistos78 regret the lack of customization, like the ability to filter calls/SMS only perso or pro, and choosing a custom ringtone for each line.

SIM card large format to the eSIM. Image Of Deutsche Telekom.

MystR, he would like to be able to put a single line in airplane mode, which is not possible. Failing that, it is necessary to disable it in the settings — but not to remove the eSIM corresponding attention.

All of this should improve over the updates. iOS 13 also responds to a user request, such as the note LeoCristal : it becomes possible to use iMessage and FaceTime with two lines, and not just the main one.

Finally, the choice of Apple to an eSIM instead of a SIM card is traditional (except in China) as a second SIM also has some disadvantages at the present time.

“I live in Germany, and I use an eSIM since January with my operator (Blau, linked to Telefonica). The system works well, until the day that – quirk of the phone – black screen, impossible to turn it back on. In short, the moment where we would like to put his SIM chip in another phone to prevent her relatives. Except that here it is : more of chip ! “, tells the story of alouette22. ” By chance, the phone has stopped sulking the next morning. But I would have been able to stay a long time without be reachable otherwise. “

Lebnet puts in light the adoption still very partial to the eSIM around the world :

The countries proposing the eSIM are still too little present or already included in my package to Orange (USA for example). I often buy the local SIM card in advance via eBay to arrive on site and be directly operational.
In Dubai, during my last trip, an operator proposing the eSIM but just as complicated as a SIM physics : compulsory passage into the store with passport + 13€ cost of the SIM card.

This is only a matter of time before the eSIM — and, by extension, the dual-SIM on the iPhone — is also obvious that the small piece of plastic that you can slip for years in our phones. ” In two to four years, the first smartphones that have only eSIM should appear on the market. Maturing in 2030, all smartphones will be equipped with the eSIM “, believes Orange.