Images show T-Mobile’s new eSIM app for iPhone XS and XR


One of the major new features of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR is dual SIM with eSIM, which lets you activate a second line onto your phone without needing a physical SIM card. The major U.S. carriers didn’t support the feature at first, but they’re slowly adopting it, and today we’re getting our first look at T-Mobile’s implementation.

Images that show T-Mobile’s eSIM app have made their way online today. Shared by PCMag, we can see that the app will allow you to activate a new prepaid line of service on your iPhone’s eSIM using the app, which means you shouldn’t have go into a store or anything like that.

T-Mobile is reportedly sending this app to its employees for training tomorrow, December 7, and it’s said that T-Mo is planning to launch it by the end of 2018. It’ll only support adding prepaid lines to the iPhone’s eSIM, at least to start.

AT&T began supporting the new iPhones’ eSIM feature this week and it’s expected that Verizon will as well, so it’s good to hear that T-Mobile is planning to roll out support soon. As I mentioned before, dual SIM support with eSIM is a major new feature of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, allowing you to add a second line to your iPhone for business, testing, or whatever other reason. And today’s images show that T-Mo will make it super easy for customers to add a secondary T-Mobile line to their iPhone.

Source: PCMag

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  • alfonzso

    I don’t want to add a secondary line or a prepaid line. I want my postpaid T-Mobile to be the eSIM so I can have the SIM tray available for my foreign SIM cards. If that’s not happening, that will be it for my on Magenta.

    • Lord Kensington

      Terrorist SIM cards are not supported.

      • alfonzso

        Yes they are. SIM is a SIM is a SIM…no matter who uses it.

      • Duke of Albany

        While it’s a bit of a stretch, I do agree with you that the very worst American tourists can behave almost as poorly as actual terrorists in terms of the damage and chaos that they leave in their wake.

    • (J²)

      Apple never officially announced that this feature would allow you to configure your primary service with your esim. In fact, it was advertised the other way around.

      But, either configuration should be possible and I’d also like to do the same.

      That aside, let’s wait and see how this plays out, I don’t think it’s fair at this point that we criticize a carrier of a feature that wasn’t exactly available or fully articulated at launch.

      • Nearmsp

        The competition is offering it for all of their customers (AT&T and Verizon). There is no reason for T-mobile to restrict this to prepaid customers. For me, I will have to continue to carry two phones on my frequent overseas visits. The intent of T-mobile is to facilitate international visitors to connect easily on prepaid basis to T-mobile, while continuing to encourage US customers traveling overseas to buy T-mobile data plans. An esim connected to T-mobile will make it very likely customers will be free to buy local SIM. Good strategy, but leads to customer dissatisfaction.

        • it probably limits the amount of support they’ll have to deal with as the learn and deal with any bugs

        • Nearmsp

          If Verizon and AT&T can do for every customer, there is no reason T-Mobile needs a crutch.

  • sraj49

    Verizon has started supporting e-sim as of today for pixel 3 and pixel 3xl. When will t-mobile extend support for these phones.

  • Red

    First paragraph: “slowing adopting it” should be “slowly adopting it”. Sorry, it’s a reflex.

    • Alex Wagner

      Fixed. Thanks!

  • James Smith

    What a crock. No postpaid support?
    Gotta keep that sim fee gravy train going.

  • Nearmsp

    So AT&T and Verizon are doing this for all of their customers. T-mobile is doing the uncarrier thing by restricting this only to prepaid customers. Shame on T-mobile, their CTO and Legere . Ban the merger of T-mobile and Sprint.

    • NapoPeb

      This has nothing to do with their CTO (Nelville is a nice chap, unlike his arsehole boss). CTO owns the network, not internal process to support eSIM.

    • alfonzso

      Agree! I wouldn’t mind getting Sprint’s coverage added to T-Mo, but the way things are going I’d rather Sprint stay on as a 4th carrier. Otherwise, the oligopoly will be too strong.

  • Nionx

    So digital is still the better way to go then….

  • Sharti24
  • alfonzso

    Both Apple and T-Mobile are to blame here. Apple for being typical limitation-loving Apple (I’m kicking myself for always expecting more from them) and T-Mobile for putting their own damn spin on everything. I’ve been with T-Mobile since the Voicestream days (22+ years) and used to hate Verizon. However, Verizon is looking better and better for each day that goes. Legere should just stick to his slow-cooker.