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iPhone 14 is eSIM only in the US

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Apple unveiled the iPhone 14 on Wednesday, and the US versions came with a surprise. Apple does not ship them with a physical SIM slot, but only opts for eSIM.

That means even switching to your shiny new iPhone 14 won’t be an easy process. You cannot take your SIM card out of your old phone and put it in your new one. You will probably need to talk to your provider to find out which method they use.

Some, like T-Mobile, make the process simple. You download their app on your iPhone 14, log in and guide you through installing the eSIM. Google Fi has a very similar signup process.

That is not always the case. Verizon needs you to call support or visit a store, according to one aggrieved Reddit user. US carriers have always made it difficult to do things like switch phones or carriers.

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Some carriers even tried to hinder the adoption of eSIM, leading to an antitrust investigation in 2018. At the time, GSMA, Verizon and AT&T were targeted by the Department of Justice, which alleged possible collusion.

The reason? The trade association GSMA has included a way to lock the eSIM to a particular network.

Yes, a new version of carrier locks. The same one that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) forced the carriers to unlock when a customer requests it.

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