E-Sim deals?

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Hi - does anyone know of some decent e-sim contracts? I currently have 2 numbers. Bought an iPhone 13 to enable both numbers on the same phone... Unfortunately I cannot seem to find an e-sim contract for sensible money. Anyone found any good deals?

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  • tinker411
    tinker411 Posts: 115 Forumite
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    Depends what you mean by good deal and what usage you have in mind.

    For unlimited calls/texts/data the cheapest esim offer I've found is:

    https://www.esim.net/UK

    which runs on O2. Disclaimer - no idea what they're like as an operation though, for customer support etc.
  • k_man
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    edited 12 July 2022 at 12:32PM
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    Lots of data only roaming eSIMs (useful for emergency/backup alternate network provider access, or international)
    E.g. list of providers from:

    Esimdb.com
    Esims.io

    But for a UK mobile number, only ones I could find at anything like reasonable found via

    Both are 4G for £6

    Vodafone basics (12 month)
    https://www.vodafone.co.uk/shop/bundles-and-sims/sim-only-deals/basics/c/

    Virgin (30 day)
    https://www.virginmedia.com/mobile/sim-only/pay-monthly-sim?contractDuration=30&tariffID=1312778870

    I didn't however choose either (so can't confirm these tariffs definitely prove eSIM) as I have an Android phone, and WiFi calling support on Android is poor from both these


  • WantsItAll4Free
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    Thanks for your replies. I'm looking at the O2 and Virgin options now.

    Yes it is for a UK mobile. I suppose I wanted reasonable data (10 GB more than adequate) unlimited calls/texts and EU roaming.

    Bit surprised about this - not the market choice we're used to!
  • WantsItAll4Free
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    For anyone else interested on here - I've tried Virgin today and they aren't offering e-sims yet. They say it'll come online at some point....!
  • k_man
    k_man Posts: 1,636 Forumite
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    Shame about Virgin, as the 30 day contract was appealing.
  • MiserlyMartin
    MiserlyMartin Posts: 2,236 Forumite
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    edited 21 April 2023 at 8:54PM
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    Lyca Mobile are doing a deal on the website now where you get this on an e-sim (or actual sim):
    6GB Data
    £1.00 /30 Days

    • plans-item-icon 1000 UK Minutes
    • plans-item-icon EU Roaming
    • plans-item-icon eSIM available
    • plans-item-icon 5G at no extra cost :smile:
    If you do auto renew you get the £1 deal for 2 more months then it goes up to £5

    Its a pity you can't seem to get the MSE 1p deal on an e-sim. Has anyone tried contacting them to see if they will offer it (say you lost your sim or something?)
  • d123
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    Lyca Mobile are doing a deal on the website now where you get this on an e-sim (or actual sim):
    6GB Data
    £1.00 /30 Days

    • plans-item-icon 1000 UK Minutes
    • plans-item-icon EU Roaming
    • plans-item-icon eSIM available
    • plans-item-icon 5G at no extra cost :smile:
    If you do auto renew you get the £1 deal for 2 more months then it goes up to £5

    Its a pity you can't seem to get the MSE 1p deal on an e-sim. Has anyone tried contacting them to see if they will offer it (say you lost your sim or something?)
    Yes, no need to contact them, just order the 1p deal on a physical sim and then once you have it active order an eSim from their site and do a sim swap.


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  • savergrant
    savergrant Posts: 1,097 Forumite
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    According to their website you should be able to sim swap onto an esim in your account
    "How to swap physical SIM with eSIM

    To swap a physical SIM with an eSIM, you can follow these steps:

    1. Check if your device is compatible with eSIM.
    2. Login to my account section; make a request to swap your physical SIM with an eSIM.
    3. You will provided with a QR code that you can scan using the device you want to install the eSIM on. The QR code will be displayed in my account section or sent to you via email.
    4. On your device, go to the settings and select "Mobile Data" or "Cellular Data".
    5. Look for the option to add a new plan or scan a QR code to activate an eSIM.
    6. Scan the QR code provided by your carrier using your device's camera.
    7. Follow the instructions to activate the eSIM.
    8. Once the eSIM is activated, your current plan will be transferred to the eSIM and your physical SIM will be deactivated."
  • lincoln_dj
    lincoln_dj Posts: 47 Forumite
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    edited 23 August 2023 at 2:02PM
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    this is something I'm looking for at the minute. Starting a new job with a lot of travel (worldwide), so i'll be using a lot of physical local SIMs for the data. 
    I did get a good deal with three via fonehouse (cashback deal) but when the sim arrived and I called them to swap for an e-SIM they said they don't do them, so I returned it.

    So far, Lyca Mobile seems the best, either on PAYG or various length contracts (30-day to 6-months).

    I need at least 50gB data, plus as many roaming countries as possible, Lyca have free roaming in most of the EU 👍
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