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eSIM in Russia for iPhone 11. What arePros and Cons

TELE2 resumed issuing eSIM cards in Moscow, which I took advantage of. Connected eSIM on iPhone 11 Pro Max .

Impressions below.

Where do you connect eSIM and what you need to know

Today you can get eSIM in Russia only from Tele2, there are no alternatives. Both current and new subscribers can do this, although in some small stores you can be assured of the opposite (they told me at first that they wouldn’t connect a new one).

Just come, say, to a point on the street. Tverskaya, 17 . It takes about 10 minutes.

You need to have a passport and a smartphone that supports eSIM with you. Among the iPhones are the iPhone XR, Xs / Xs Max and absolutely all iPhone 11 models.

Topic: How to connect and configure eSIM on iPhone


The iPhone recognizes the QR code much earlier than the camera displays it. So yes, in the frame during the setup there will be such a mess, this is the norm.

eSIM is activated from a smartphone using the QR code, which is issued in the cabin. The code must be photographed in the Settings menu -> Cellular communication -> Add cellular tariff . Next, choose whether the new card will be considered – primary or secondary.

After activating eSIM, it is better to restart the iPhone (turn it off and on). Both SIM-cards “fell off” on my iPhone 11 until I rebooted. Then everything was OK.

What are the pros so far

1. An eSIM card is almost like a real one. There are no functionality limitations in comparison with the “physical” card: I receive SMS, messages from banks, calls without restrictions on both numbers.

Even futuristic it turns out: there is no SIM card, but it is. I’m silent about the fact that you can wear one iPhone instead of two.

You can turn off any of the cards directly in Settings , a reboot is not required.

Remember that after activating eSIM, your regular card stops working. Also, you cannot transfer the eSIM-ku to another smartphone yourself. You need to go to the salon, get a new “plate”, arrange the eSIM shutdown, then connect it again and get a new QR code.

2. iOS gives wide access to the settings of SIM-cards. Separate signal strength bands, full menu of network settings for each SIM card, an active number selection button before making a call – there is everything you need.

The principle of Apple to decide for the user is not involved here at all, and rightly so. Access point and MMS settings (remember these) were registered on eSIM automatically.

You can separately choose which SIM card uses the mobile Internet, and which call and send SMS. Also, separate traffic consumption statistics are stored for each card. In general, everything is in order.

There are cons, and the first is completely unpleasant

1. TELE2 in Moscow is bad . I will not speak for the regions, but in Moscow, Tele2 (IMHO) has the saddest coverage. On Tverskaya Street, with full LTE reception from MegaFon, Yota and MTS, Tele2 shows one or two “sticks” on an iPhone. Internet speed is also not a fountain, I have not seen more than 30 megabits on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, more often less.

Especially sad situation in the subway. I stopped connecting to wagon Wi-Fi from MaximTelecom, because LTE or at least 3G, including between stations, is well caught on the Big Three.

Tele2 in 80% of cases shows a zero signal .

Today in Russia no one connects eSIM, except for TELE2. Therefore, the problems of their network have to be felt by everyone who adds a virtual SIM card to their iPhone.

If you live in the capital, you can choose Tele2 as an eSIM only for the sake of testing the technology itself – not hoping that it will help out when the main operator substitutes with the signal reception.

2. Internet auto-switching between SIM-cards works sadly . There is a function in the iPhone: if one of the SIM-cards stops “catching” the mobile Internet well, then the second automatically connects.

But this happens with a decent delay: the iPhone waits a miracle for half a minute from the first SIM card, then thinks for five seconds (the chaos of “sticks” in the status bar shows when iOS switches to the second SIM), and only then it starts pulling the Internet from second sim card.

You can manually change the SIM card for mobile data, but it’s a minimum of five tapes on an iPhone and the same amount to change the card back. Switching itself is not instantaneous either. So you won’t be able to quickly jump from one Internet to another.

So, is it time to take eSIM or wait?

If it’s right for you to try eSIM, and the question of the usefulness of the SIM card itself is secondary, then why not? ESIM itself costs nothing, and there are no restrictions on tariffs.

But for those who plan to use eSIM, I advise you to wait for options from the Big Three .

It is a pity that in Russia there is no choice yet. You will have to connect to Tele2, and for me personally this is a big minus. Dissatisfied with this operator due to the quality of coverage and the speed of the Internet .

As a result, I decided that I would use Tele2’s eSIM purely as a help for modem mode – I paid 500 rubles. per month for 40 gigabytes. In principle, it will do. Well, if you really need a second number.

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