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How to get a (prepaid) eSIM in Ireland

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How to get a (prepaid) eSIM in Ireland
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How to get a (prepaid) eSIM in Ireland

Embedded SIM cards (or eSIMs) are set to replace those fiddly plastic SIMs. With the new iPhone 14 and iPhone Pro, Apple is already hailing the end of the plastic SIM cards, at least in the USA. The latest Apple devices sold on the US market don’t have a SIM tray at all.

That means it’s time to learn about this new technology. Read on to find out all you need to know about eSIMs in Ireland.

What is an eSIM?

An What is an eSIM is a virtual chip that’s fully integrated into your device. That means less plastic waste and less hassle swapping SIMs when travelling or changing providers. You can even have multiple eSIMs on your phone at one time. Up to five on an iPhone.

Soon, eSIMs will find their way into all kinds of devices, even cars. The ability to connect to ultra-fast 5G networks digitally is paving the way for new smart tech.

How to get a prepaid eSIM in Ireland

Vodafone offers prepaid eSIMs in Ireland as well as bill pay. Just choose the plan you want and check eSIM when prompted.

Currently, there aren’t any other eSIM providers in Ireland. But one of the great things about eSIMs is that they’re virtual. You don’t need to get them from a shop or have them delivered. The eSIM just needs to be recognised by the network.

If you’re visiting or just want to try it out, you can buy a European eSIM in Ireland online. For example, French network operator Orange offers travel eSIMs that work in Ireland.

The Orange eSIM comes with a French phone number, but you can use it just for data. You can use it for 30 days before you need to complete a “Know Your Customer” process. The eSIM is valid for six months.

What phones do prepaid eSIMs work with?

It’s best to double check online, but here are some of the most common eSIM phones:

  • iPhone XS or later
  • Google Pixel 3 or later
  • Huawei P40, Huawei Mate 40 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 or later, plus Samsung Galaxy Z range, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy

How to activate an eSIM

To activate your eSIM, first make sure your phone is connected to the internet. Then follow these steps for Apple or Samsung devices:

  • Apple: Settings > Mobile Data >Add Data Plan
  • Samsung: Settings > Connections > SIM card manager > Add mobile plan
  • Scan the QR code or enter details manually using the activation code
  • Follow the instructions on screen

How to top up a prepaid eSIM

Topping up a prepaid eSIM is done the same way as topping up a regular prepaid SIM. The best and quickest way is with Recharge.com, so go ahead and install the Recharge.com app now. It’s available on App Store and Google Play Store.

If you’re already using a Vodafone prepaid eSIM, just buy a regular Vodafone top up and apply it normally.

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Recharge Editorial Team