🇬🇧 United Kingdom eSIMs
How To Order an eSIM for the UK
Compare eSIMs for the United Kingdom
Compare and find the most suitable travel eSIM for your needs and purchase it directly with the provider.
Receive eSIM via email/app
You will receive the eSIM profile within a few minutes in a separate e-mail or you can directly access it in the provider’s app.
Scan the eSIM QR code in the mail with the camera function of your smartphone and follow the instructions on the screen. The profile will be set up automatically.
Free roaming abroad
You can now use the eSIM in the UK!
Why Choose an eSIM?
The UK eSIM works digitally only, so fewer resources are used than with the classic SIM card.
The new eSIM can easily be digitally uploaded to your smartphone. It’s quick and saves the environment.
Your eSIM profile is sent easily and conveniently by email. This means you will receive your digital eSIM much faster than a physical SIM Card by post.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most eSIMs are activated as soon as they are installed on the smartphone. Some eSIMs are activated as soon as you have made the purchase. Please check the activation process carefully with the individual e SIM providers.
Yes! Few eSIMs include phone numbers and credit for making calls & sending SMS. Our eSIM comparison tables include the information. You can filter the table by selecting “Yes” under the Phone Number filter.
We have a list of e sim compatible smartphones available here.
Most eSIM providers send the eSIMs right after you have successfully made your purchase via email or in your account in the provider’s app.
eSIMs support 4G LTE or even 5G in selected countries. Though in remote areas, you might experience a drop in internet speed. It might not be the eSIM’s fault, rather that the network has not been expanded to that area yet.
Yes, an eSIM only works if you turn on roaming on your smartphone. Make sure to select the eSIM as your Primary Card, so that Data, Phone Calls & SMS (if applicable) work.
You might consider it lost. Only a few providers have eSIMs that can be installed multiple times. Contact the customer support to see if they can send you a replacement eSIM.
It depends! Certain eSIMs can only be installed a single time and the QR Code is non-functional afterwards. Other eSIMs can be installed multiple times and switched over to other smartphones.
Some eSIMs do allow top-ups! If the eSIM cannot be extended or a topup is not possible, you can simply purchase a new eSIM.
You can use the camera of your smartphone to scan the QR Code. You will see a popup that prompts you to install the virtual SIM Card. Alternatively, you can install them manually by entering the SMDP+ address and the activation code in the settings menu.
- You must have a smartphone that is compatible with eSIMs.
- You must be connected to a stable Wi-Fi network
Please check with the provider. Each provider has their own USSD / GSM Codes available that provide you with the option to see the remaining data balance. You can get a data consumption estimation by looking at the Data Consumption inside your smartphone's settings.
Yes, but only if your smartphone supports the Dual-SIM functionality and is compatible with eSIMs. Make sure that you have setup Primary SIM Card & Secondary SIM Card correctly, do avoid any unwanted charges or fees.
first time I use an eSIM
Amazing experience. It’s first time I use an eSIM and I’m impressed by how easy and flexible this is. [O2]
Great coverage throughout my holiday
Great coverage throughout my holiday Germany! was a bit worried that the data might not have been enough but no problem at all! [Airalo]
loved the easy connectivity!
loved the easy connectivity! [Airalo]