The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the primary telephones to return geared up with eSIM expertise, however solely subscribers of Venture Fi will have the ability to benefit from it.
Google’s Pixel 2 occasion was stuffed with bulletins, and though we had a fairly good concept of what to anticipate going into the occasion, Google nonetheless managed to sneak in a number of surprises right here and there – certainly one of which being eSIM help.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL help the standard nanoSIM expertise that we have seen on smartphones for years, however along with this, they’re going to additionally come geared up with a brand new expertise referred to as eSIM. Somewhat than utilizing a standard card, eSIM means that you can hook up with your provider’s community and repair proper out of the field with none bodily card required. This expertise has beforehand been obtainable on devices like smartwatches and tablets, however that is the primary time it is appeared on a smartphone.
Till different carriers undertake the brand new tech, solely Venture Fi subscribers can use the Pixel 2’s eSIM tech.
This new tech is undoubtedly cool, however solely a small group of individuals will have the ability to use it at first. In the meanwhile, the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL’s eSIM performance will likely be restricted to subscribers on Venture Fi. There’s nothing Google can actually do about this till different carriers undertake eSIM tech for their very own networks, however both method, it is insanely cool that we’re one step nearer in the direction of a future the place bodily SIM playing cards are a factor of the previous.
Assuming you are on Venture Fi and preordered your Pixel 2, setup needs to be useless easy while you lastly obtain your new telephone. There will likely be an possibility to make use of the Pixel 2 SIM-free throughout the setup course of, and so long as you are linked to a Wi-Fi community, it should not take lengthy in any respect to get your service working.
For these of us that are not on Fi, we’ll need to resort to utilizing the Pixel 2’s nanoSIM tray (for now). Which will nicely change sooner or later:
For now, we’re piloting eSIM on the most recent Pixel gadgets with Venture Fi. We look ahead to sharing what we study and dealing along with trade companions to encourage extra widespread adoption.