When Apple released iOS 12.1, it welcomed dual SIM support to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR.
Unfortunately, support from the smartphone lineups is one thing, but it’s only one piece of the bigger puzzle. In the United States, the four major wireless networks weren’t ready to support the feature right out of the gate. Verizon’s network was running into issues, as were folks who tried on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. But, each of the major networks did say that they planned on offering support for Apple’s eSIM technology before the end of this year.
And, sure enough, it looks like at least Verizon is planning on staying on that course. 9to5Mac is reporting on Wednesday, based on an internal document the publication was able to obtain, that Verizon is planning on rolling out support for the dual SIM technology in “early December”. That means Verizon will offer up activations for the physical SIM card, as well as Apple’s eSIM technology soon enough.
The issue for Verizon came down to network support. The newer iPhone models don’t support Verizon’s high-speed network connectivity while in dual SIM mode. As a result of that, folks who tried to use Verizon with the feature saw their connection drop to 2G, which is not great by any means. That led Verizon to holding off on dual SIM activations altogether. And for folks on AT&T, the big blue network discovered that the dual SIM functionality led to issues with Visual Voicemail, which is also less-than-ideal.
With Verizon set to support dual SIM and Apple’s eSIM technology, here is a quick guide on how to use both features.
There doesn’t appear to be a specific date for added support, so we’ll have to wait and see for a Verizon announcement in the near future.
Are you excited to have this feature supported on your device?