I’m writing this article with the intention of talking to you, the early adopter. You’re someone who is plugged into the world of technology, and in many respects, you’re ahead of the curve in almost everything you read, watch and consume.

You probably knew about crypto, and the way it’s revolutionizing financial transactions. You probably heard about NFTs not too long ago, and their value for digitizing commodities. So what’s next?

I’d like to present you with an idea, a novel concept if you will - making your phone truly digital.

Wireless technology is becoming more prevalent in headphones and charging options, but what if we could do the same with a SIM card? With Airalo’s eSIM, we can.

Welcome to eSIM

So you might be asking, what's an eSIM? Is it any different than a physical SIM?

To answer the burning question in your head, eSIM stands for an "embedded" SIM card. eSIM technology is fairly novel in most phones, but many new phones that support dual SIM trays, typically are built for eSIM support.

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Like a physical SIM card, an eSIM functions exactly the same. With an eSIM, you can:

  • Use your mobile network for local data
  • Cellular service to call, contact and remain connected to other phones and devices
  • Connect, screen, scan, store, search, activate, and download data to your device
  • Keep your number while still being able to switch your phone line
  • Never have to worry about being hit with roaming charges
  • Download and pay for a plan that makes sense for your data needs
  • Activate your eSIM plan with a QR Code instead of inserting a chip
  • Tap the Airalo app to switch your data plan to a local, continental or international plan
  • Max usage by subscribing to shorter plans all the way to longer plans (based on need)

The eSIM solution is changing the very way we use the digital space.

Imagine, if you will, you're in a remote village in southern Italy. You have an eSIM compatible phone, and you're able to capture the stunning scenery around you.

In this remote location, you have continuous access to the internet, without having to worry about needing to swap, transfer, or store a SIM card. No need for switching between carriers either, as Airalo's coverage and services are consistent among our networks.

One minute you can tap your screen and live stream your day to your story. The next minute you could quickly sign a business document and send a comprehensive business plan to your boss. If you then needed to chat with your boss, you can contact them via your mobile number, and be on a phone call in minutes.

A connected device that seamlessly integrates travel connectivity through a digital interface is revolutionary and taking network service to the max through eSIM.

What it means to be an early adopter

An early adopter is fundamentally someone who sees the market differently. Social and technological disruption is going hand in hand. Large changes in how social media and social technologies are being integrated change how every person interacts with tech.

It's also changing our expectations of how influence, opinion, and education should occur. As an example, 24hr home delivery is now the new normal, and anything less is a disservice to us as the customers.

We want more from products, and we expect convenience at each point of interaction. We tend to adopt these expectations of increasing innovations the more digital and removed the process becomes.

Consider how influential the internet has become and how readily available information is. Our degree of knowledge on any given subject is far more substantial than anyone living prior to the internet - simply because we can look it up. We have more access than ever before to new ideas, marketing, categories, feedback, and social groups. The internet, as a byproduct of technology, allows us to adopt new paths for running a business, escalating our status, and showing our leadership through online innovation.

While risks don't stop early adopters from finding research and a like-minded group on a new product or service, restrictions do stop word of mouth and new technology from adoption.

Why eSIM in a new trend

The reason I'm stating all this is that phone technology has been innovating around new products and functions that tend to move away from physical restrictions.

Wireless and digital are typical examples of this new cellular category.

We started with wireless headphones. As wireless headphones first started to appear, the average consumer didn't think their status, price, or functionality made adopting this new product worth it.

However, once these headphones passed through early adopters, early majority late, late majority, and laggards, to full market adoption - wireless headphones are now the norm.

In fact, wireless headphones are so much so the norm that most new phones don't spend the resources to support headphone jacks.

The influence of wireless headphones and their mass-market adopted status now means the average phone company/manufacturer won't even bother with traditional wired headphones. Wireless headphones are typically included now as a free product when purchasing a new phone (At least in the case with the Apple iPhone).

The same can be said for wireless charging. As soon as the average customer spoke and made wireless headphones the new product and the new normal, knowledge of this new technology is starting to become standard in most new phones.

As an example, most phones now have built-in wireless charging functionality. While not every phone is fully free of cords, customers have clearly indicated that the digital and wireless form is the way the world is going.

So, is eSIM the same? Absolutely.

The market is shifting away from third-party accessories to make your phone or device function faster. As phones become more advanced, our screen resolution becomes clearer, internal resources more efficient, and design becomes thinner and more user-friendly.

Let's face it, a SIM tray is no more different than a charging port or a headphone jack. Looking at the average phone, customers appear to really want a hands-free experience.

You don't need extensive research to see that when a company releases a new phone, various ports are slowly disappearing - to the point of a fully portless experience in the distant future.

A SIM tray, in the long term, is a counter-productive product that stops phones from becoming a hands-free new product. As we adopt this new technology, the SIM tray will be a product/feature no phone company will prioritize.

Why? Since eSIMs exist and function the same as traditional SIM cards, except virtually, why make space for a tray when SIMs can be embedded into the device.

Driven by FOMO? It's not too late

My advice? Don't miss out. If you haven't heard about eSIMs, now is the time. This new technology is slowly becoming the norm, and full market adoption is inevitable. Being a part of the education and social media feedback allows you to form some of the first thoughts on what type of innovations should take place and how these new products can become part of the market.

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