We are proud to announce that Consumer Cellular will be eSIM compatible! This is just one of the latest innovations allowing us to offer the latest devices, including iPhone 14. For those who might not be familiar, an eSIM is a small chip embedded in your smartphone that will eventually take the place of the removable plastic card, also known as a SIM card.

You cannot remove an eSIM and put it into another phone, but, in reality, it’s much easier to switch networks with an eSIM. Instead of needing to order a new SIM card, waiting for it to arrive, then inserting it into your phone, you can switch to a different network with a simple phone call or online. The hassle-free activation will only take 15 minutes or less!

You also won’t need to hunt for a SIM’ ejector tool’ to remove the old SIM from your phone. As we mentioned, an eSIM will eventually eliminate the need for a physical SIM card and its tray. This extra space could potentially mean smartphone manufacturers will use this space to increase battery size or add more features.
FAQs about eSIM

How do you use eSIM?

You can download the eSIM to your device over Wi-Fi.

Is my phone eSIM compatible?

Many of the latest mobile phones from all major manufacturers are eSIM compatible. If you are unsure, you can use our IMEI checker to find out. Please note the phone must also be unlocked.

What if my device is not eSiM compatible?

You will need a physical SIM card if your device is not eSIM compatible. See our Bring Your Own Phone page to order online. You can also use the Store Finder to find a retailer near you.

How do I set up an eSIM?

If you purchased an eSIM compatible iPhone, your iPhone wouldn’t arrive with a SIM card installed. To activate your iPhone, turn it on, connect to a Wi-Fi network, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Otherwise, if you need to set up an eSIM, you can also scan the QR code we provided.

  1. Open the Camera app and scan your QR code.
  2. When the Cellular Plan Detected notification appears, tap it.
  3. Tap Continue, at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap Add Cellular Plan.

Since eSIM is new for almost everyone, we expect there to be questions about it. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call. As always, our 100% U.S. based customer support team is here to help; give us a call at (888) 583-0087.

20 Thoughts on "WHAT IS ESIM?"

  1. Frank Shaut says

    How do I download esim ?

    reply to Frank

    • Hi Frank, thanks for your question. You’ll want to use your camera to scan the Q code that is for the eSIM and then follow the prompts to get it set up. If you need any help with this process, give us a call at 800-686-4460 or chat with one of our live agents on our website here to follow up.

      reply to Jacob

  2. James Dickson says

    After paying another $36 (as we have EVERY MONTH for about 5 years, our phone service was completely cut off, WITHOUT ADVISING US that as of 9/20/2022, our phone service will be cut off – OR – we must buy a more advanced phone!!! WHAT A WAY TO TREAT YOUR CUSTOMERS!!! Consumer Cellular took our money, then CUT OFF OUR PHONE SERVICE in the middle of making hospital arrangements for my wife. This is OUR ONLY PHONE. Now we have NO PHONE SERVICE, but CC took our money. LEGAL???

    reply to James

    • Hi James, thanks for your post. We recently updated our network so that phones that aren’t compatible with our VoLTE network or are 3G do need to be replaced otherwise the network will stop working on it. I apologize for the trouble that this causes, but if you have received this message, I would recommend replacing the phone as soon as possible.

      reply to Jacob

  3. BF says

    James – numerous announcements were made for well over 6+ months alerting people that needed to upgrade. I don’t see how you could have missed it.

    reply to BF

  4. Ken says

    Hi, Just confirming, will you support the Apple Watch Ultra with it’s eSim?

    reply to Ken

  5. Karen Martn says

    I am new to CC. Can I add names to our phones. Friends are only seeing the number when we call them and NOT our names. We have 2 phones me and my husband. Hope you can assist.

    reply to Karen

  6. Bob Wagner says

    Quite certain Consumer Cellular notified you of the upcoming change. In fact I saw the notice, even though it didn’t apply to me, in my statement many, many months
    before it happened. You simply ignored it or forgot about it as you needed to know what type of service your phone was running on – 3G -, which was discontinued by ALL carriers not just CC. This was your fault not CC’s because you failed to check on it.

    reply to Bob

  7. Alonzo Salgado says

    How can we get a sim card for a phone purchased at target in Odessa, Texas we were informed they no longer carry your phones

    reply to Alonzo

  8. Katrina says

    I am currently using straight talk. I would like to switch to your company as well as purchase a new phone but I don’t want to lose everything on my phone. Would it be possible to switch? Thanks.

    reply to Katrina

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Katrina, if you transfer your number from StraightTalk to our service with a new phone, any information you had on your old phone will remain there.

      reply to Nicole

  9. Jerry says

    Apple Watch on Consumer Cellular

    You have seen multiple requests for Apple Watch support over a couple of years. I am certain that more people want this than have been willing/able to get that message to Consumer Cellular. The standard reply is “We will pass the request along to the appropriate department.” I think at this time we, your loyal customers, deserve an explanation as to why Consumer Cellular is not supporting the Apple Watch. This blog post states that Consumer Cellular will be supporting the eSim in iPhone 14. Surely now Apple Watch can get support?

    To all Consumer Cellular customers: May I suggest to get Consumer Cellular’s attention (and the search engines so everyone can find this) that everyone replies to this with the phrase:

    Apple Watch on Consumer Cellular.

    Hopefully Consumer Cellular will hear our demand once and for all and give their customers the respect they deserve instead of “We will pass the request on to the appropriate department.”

    Thank you,

    reply to Jerry

    • Hi Jerry, we understand this is frustrating. Apple Watch compatibility is something that is on our radar and we are planning on having compatibility for it in the future. We don’t currently have a date for this though and will let our customers know as soon as that changes. We appreciate your patience during this time.

      reply to Jacob

  10. Joyce Smith says

    Apple Watch on Consumer Cellular, let’s hope it is sooner than later. I need a new phone with a long lasting battery & must have my I watch connected as well. I need my medical devices all connected. I will be standing in line, ready to come back to CC.
    Thanks, JMS

    reply to Joyce

  11. Sue says

    Is it true that on 11-07-22 consumer cellular customers will be on Verizon?

    reply to Sue

  12. Ken says

    Hi, I was told on your other site that the new Apple Watch with ESim is supporteded by y’all.
    Are you now saying that it is not??

    reply to Ken

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