How To Use Dual SIM and eSIM on iPhone?
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Is it possible to have two phone numbers without having to carry two mobile phones? You have probably asked yourself this question too often. Indeed, it could be a real annoyance, but I want to reassure you because there is a very practical and comfortable solution.
I’m talking about the Dual SIM functionality, undoubtedly one of the most appreciated by mobile smartphone owners, perfect for those with two phone numbers. The Dual SIM is very popular especially among those who travel a lot abroad and who use the most suitable card based on the country in which they are located, thus avoiding the (sometimes disproportionate) costs of international roaming. If you are one of them too, I really recommend that you equip yourself with a smartphone with Dual SIM, so that you no longer have to worry.
How do you say? Do you have an iPhone and not an Android phone? No problem, because from 2018 the Cupertino giant has also decided to switch to Dual SIM, offering this feature on different models. However, the company of CEO Tim Cook does not provide two slots for two different SIMs, as is the case with Android smartphones.
What is an eSIM and how it works
If you’ve already done a search to see if there are really no iPhones with two physical support slots, you’ve probably already discovered the truth. If not, I’ll tell you: the only iPhones with this structure are those sold in the markets of Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, because there is no eSIM in these places.
If you are thinking of buying a dual-slot iPhone in China to use in Italy, stop right away: this is a useless move because the model is designed to work with the Chinese network. In our country, you would end up with a phone with precarious or even non-existent functionality.
Having said that, let’s come to us. The eSIM is nothing more than a digital SIM that provides you with two different phone plans. Fantastic isn’t it? Up to a certain point, because in Italy not all operators support this functionality, so the first thing you will have to do is find a manager that supports the eSIM.
Among these are TIM, Vodafone, and WindTre, while Very Mobile is the only low-cost operator that allows you to buy it online. All these managers provide eSIM plans that you can consult to choose the one that best suits your needs.
The digital SIM is already integrated into the device, but before proceeding, you must make sure that both operators do not prevent the possibility of setting the device with a different operator. The configuration on the iPhones is quite simple: all you have to do is go to the Settings menu and click on Cellular and then indicate the name of the two lines. Tap on Piano Label and choose one of the three modes of use.
iPhone with Dual SIM: all models
As I mentioned at the beginning, Apple offers Dual SIM (albeit with digital SIM, always better to remember) on different iPhone models. To be more precise, all the phones launched by the Cupertino giant from 2018 onwards guarantee support for this feature.
But what exactly are these models? I must first of all start with the latest iPhones launched by Apple, or the iPhone 12, presented in October last year. In addition to the many features and a high-level technical data sheet, the four models of iPhone 12 (iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and the “standard” model) allow you to have two cellular plans thanks to the eSIM.
The same goes for the iPhone 11, or the “iPhone by” presented by the Californian company in 2019. Dual-SIM functionality is therefore guaranteed on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Furthermore, you can also take advantage of the potential of the eSIM on other phones that Apple has released from 2018 onwards, namely iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and iPhone SE (second edition).
What Is Airplane Mode? How Does Airplane Mode Work?
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Today the smartphone has become an indispensable tool for everyday life; whether for professional, study, or leisure reasons, we now spend several hours every day glued to the screen of our mobile phones. It is clear that this is a symptom of a society in constant change and more and more technologically advanced; on the other hand, the smartphone is also used to deal with urgent situations and to help us in the most disparate daily operations.
It is above all the constant internet access and the constant receiving notifications that forces us to take a look at the phone more often than we should. However, it sometimes happens that you want to get away from your smartphone and relax or do other chores without distractions. This is only possible by deactivating all connections on our phone, using a quick command known as airplane mode.
How to Activate Airplane Mode
Simple enough, you just need to lower or raise the curtain (depending on the operating system) from the edge of the screen of your smartphone, and activate the airplane mode from the hotkeys by clicking on the airplane-shaped icon.
What is airplane mode and what is it for
In the previous introduction, I already mentioned the main goal or purpose of Airplane Mode: to be unreachable by anyone, regardless of whether it is a phone call or an internet-accessible messaging application.
In fact, through this function, all connections or signals on our device will be quickly disabled; consequently, we will not be able to make phone calls or receive calls, we will not be able to surf the internet and nor be contacted on WhatsApp, Telegram or Facebook.
Nothing takes away from being able to activate airplane mode (thus deactivating the mobile network) and enabling other connections such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Why is it called that?
This function, as can be seen from the name itself, was conceived in order to quickly deactivate all connections in those situations in which there is the most immediate need; an example case is a trip by plane, during which any signal must be disabled so as not to interfere with the communications between the cockpit and the ground crew.
Obviously, this is only the first type of use of this functionality, but the cases in question can be many. In fact, in everyday life, turning off all connections for a few hours can be an intelligent operation that can also solve some headaches. In fact, in the next paragraph, I will show you in detail when to use the airplane mode, giving practical examples of situations during which activating this function can be very useful.
Airplane mode: when to use it?
In the previous lines, I have therefore told you what airplane mode is and what it is for.
However, this explanation is not enough to describe the usefulness of this function, and above all, it does not give an idea of how many situations can be in which this method can be useful.
The example of the plane is in fact only the first of a series of cases in which it can be useful to disable all connections, but it is clear that unless you are lucky enough to travel every day, this does not represent a situation that can be check daily.
Improve the autonomy of the smartphone
One of the many examples that can be found, and probably the most obvious one, concerns the autonomy of your device. In fact, it is known that activating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and all other imaginable connections significantly increases the consumption of the smartphone’s battery, subjecting it above all to notifications of all kinds. Activating the airplane mode, therefore, can prove to be a very useful solution to safeguard the autonomy of your device.