T-Mobile is pushing some new app features focused on getting potential customers to convert with minimal friction, all thanks to eSIM technology. There is a new version of Existing Test Drive software It’s called Network Pass, which allows people to try the T-Mobile network with unlimited data for three months. Another new feature called Easy Switch aims to simplify the process of creating a new account with T-Mobile using an eSIM. They’re all part of an update to the company’s upcoming app to iOS today, with an Android update to follow “soon.”
T-Mobile already supports eSIM switching, which is probably just a digital copy of the actual SIM card in your phone. In fact, the Department of Justice has confirmed that T-Mobile will support eSIM by Which makes it a condition of its merger with Sprint. But this goes beyond just tech support.
Previously, you needed to sign up for a plan first, then follow some additional steps to set up your eSIM compatible device. This update simplifies the process so you can choose a plan and activate your current device through the T-Mobile app. Like other major carriers, T-Mobile was in no hurry to promote the switch via eSIM – it’s a two-way door and makes it easy to switch back to another carrier, too. This new process for eSIM-based subscriptions is a shift towards full adoption of the technology.
The T-Mobile app also has a new Network Pass feature, which allows you to try the network for free while keeping your existing wireless plan active. The previous Test Drive program was limited to 30 days or 30GB of data, whichever comes first, while the new program includes unlimited data for a full three-month trial period. It is available for Android and iOS compatible eSIM devices. (The previous software was limited to iPhones, from the XS and newer.) For those without an eSIM, the option remains to try the network by borrowing a hotspot.
Trying another carrier’s network and switching easily has been basically a promise of using an eSIM from the start. technology It started appearing on devices in 2017But US airlines, in particular, have been slow to support it. Most new phones sold now include eSIM support, and this has prompted carriers to absorb the technology. But broader eSIM support doesn’t solve all of our problems — if you’re paying for your phone through monthly installments on your wireless bill, that makes switching messy and expensive. Getting rid of physical SIM cards may help, but that’s not the only hurdle to overcome.
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