Verizon finally adds eSIM support to its BYOD program…at least in theory

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If you’re not too concerned about Verizon’s recent price hikes and would rather join the largest US wireless service provider with your own existing phone than trade it in for get a free iPhone 13 or Galaxy S22 with few obligations, you’ll probably be happy with the latest (low-key) announcement from the carrier.

According to Big Red’s PR manager and self-proclaimed “Gadget Guy”, George Koroneos“select” eSIM compatible devices can now be activated from the comfort of your own home by following a few simple online instructions.
In theory that is, because in practice a few people on Twitter and reddit complain that the “handy dandy self-service tool” recommended by Koroneos for running this process doesn’t really work well, at least for now.
Finally, when it does, keep in mind that your bring your own device (BYOD) phone will need to be unlocked by your current carrier in order to work on it Verizon without any problems once you manage to activate the eSIM functionality.

Short for Embedded SIM, this technology has been around for ages, but for unknown reasons, certain carriers have taken forever to fully embrace it. While most modern handsets are equipped to take advantage of all the strengths of eSIM, even now Verizon limits its BYOD support to an annoyingly short list of names.

We’re talking devices like Samsung’s Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra, as well as Apple’s iPhone 11, 12, and 13 families, plus Google’s Pixel 4a, 4a 5G UW, 5, 6, and 6 Pro, but oddly enough, not the Galaxy S22- series or members of the Z Fold or Z Flip families, at least not based on 9To5Google’s Early Research and Experiments
That will of course change soon, as confirmed by Big Red’s own support webpage here dedicated to this theoretically simple but currently complicated process. Of course, the webpage also describes the benefits of using eSIM to bring your own device to Verizon, meaning you don’t have to visit a physical store or have a physical SIM card shipped to your physical address. † in theory.
Oh, and don’t worry, if you manage to complete the BYOD with eSIM process, your port-in benefits from “competitive carriers” won’t be affected in any way, so you can still easily get a virtual prepaid MasterCard. of $1000 as a reward for leaving the “Un-carrier” (or AT&T) behind.

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