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e-SIM. SIM no more

By: traelkom | 06-09-2016 18:56

e-SIM will become reality very soon. My suggestion is that giffgaff support and develop this technology with phone manufactureres.

I think its in giffgaff's interest in doing it.


by: prescilla_g giffgaff Staffer
on: 20-09-2017 16:40

Hey there @traelkom,

Thanks for bringing this idea about e-SIMs to giffgaff - a very relevant subject which is something we're also thinking about.

We're looking into it now - keep your eyes peeled for further updates.

It's great to see forward and future thinking; keep up those bright ideas.


by: prescilla_g giffgaff Staffer
on: 20-09-2017 16:40

Shoutout to @3l3ctronica who suggested the same idea:

"Apple on Monday released the new iPhone 8's along with the glorious iPhone X (10) along with the new Apple Watch3 which now has cellular capability. So now you can make and receive calls very a the Apple Watch3 without needing your iPhone to be connected to the watch. In order to achieve this Apple have implemented the eSIM, something that is already in the marketplace in the Samsung Gear3.

As it stands EE is the only provider in the UK who will be offering this new type of SIM, which from my point of view, is incredibly frustrating and a right pain in the proverbial. If you want to make a phone call on your new AppleWatch3 you're forced into taking up a contract with EE, which after I was treated by the former guise, Orange, I refuse to give them a single penny yet alone £'s each month for a contract.

Apple have shot themselves in the foot in my opinion and after sending multiple tweets to all other UK Cellular providers, none of them can tell me when they'll be able to offer the new eSIM as they don't know. So, let's get GiffGaff onto the same bandwagon as EE and get them to offer this new kind of electronic SiM and sooner rather than later. I'm sure I'm not the only person who is incredibly annoyed at how things currently stand.

Many thanks, Michael"

by: ekazali
on: 21-09-2017 19:00

Agree 100%!! The Apple Watch 3 is an amazing device it can even help detect potential heart/heath issues in a person & alert them of the need to see a doctor much earlier than they might have otherwise. Indeed this has already happend in a few instances around the globe. In one instance it even helped a person trapped in car after a serious accident, where he made a call to the emergency services via his watch as he could not reach his phone due to being trapped. It saved his life. You can't put a price on that!! Come on Giffgaff let's be innovators not followers & get where technology is going ASAP please! e-SIM is the way forward!!

Many thanks, Ergun

by: sigbaldi
on: 08-09-2019 05:27

O2 Currently supports eSim technology.

What is holding Giffgaff from implementing the same?

Is there a way we can help?

In 2 days Apple will announce more devices, perhaps completely ditching physical sims.

Based on past experience we can expect them in shops in 12 days.

Is our network going to be obsolete?

by: sigbaldi
on: 15-06-2019 07:57

Looks like yesterday O2 released their eSim, is this now enabling GiffGaff to do the same?

by: rosco1956_1
on: 04-11-2018 15:58

I would really like an Esim available on giffgaff so I can have two profiles personal and professional and be able to keep them sep

by: icelighter
on: 04-10-2017 20:57

It’s good to know that giffgaff are at least looking into implementing the e-SIM (Apple SIM). This in turn would allow the use of the cellular capabilities of the Series 3 Apple Watch, and that interests me a great deal.

Please do implement it. I don’t want to go to EE!

by: robertcurry
on: 24-09-2019 09:06

Come on GiffGaff,

I really want the eSim feature, two years approximately since we were told "watch this space".

I really don't want to jump ship but O2, Voda and EE (and probably 3) all have this feature.

Award winning network run by customers, please give us what we want!

by: chainsawdude
on: 26-09-2019 18:15

Unfortunately I think it's only EE.

I hope your right and O2 have started to support esim, I'm sure that will help giffgaff.

by: johnwynne78
on: 24-06-2019 18:41

hurry up please. I just got an Apple Watch 4 and I want to use it to its full. Come on O2 /Giffgaff you will loose customers if you don’t get on this new tech

by: hedge30
on: 01-03-2019 12:54

I agree with this comment post I have a smart watch with embedded sim but no network will accept it

I love to e sim happen

by: as7861
on: 09-11-2018 21:20


You were correct this has evolved into widely used tech. In the new iPhones for example.

So I reckon this would be a really good idea to implement. Also it has benefits of saving on plastic :)

In addition, the new iPhone has e sim and physical sim capability which both can be used. So you can use work sim and giffgaff sim if you have too hehe :P

by: persco
on: 03-07-2020 07:37

a very popular idea. Not only just up to giffgaff to implement this though. Apple with the proprietary software isn’t easy to deal with. Hopefully it is sorted soon. It’s been a while