In our video presenter Maxim khoroshev found out which devices with an embedded SIM (eSIM) working in Russia.
This test was run with eSIM from the mobile operator Tele2: it provides a unique opportunity within a limited testing. To eSIM can only be in the five outlets of the operator in Moscow after several weeks of waiting.
In Russia from Tele2 eSIM exactly work iPhone XR and XS Max, including officially imported into the country. Models from Hong Kong, China or Macau is not suitable: they have two slots for the physical SIM, respectively, support the built-in card.
All is well and with the latest iPad, namely the iPad Pro the 12.9 11 (2018), Air 3 (2019) and mini 5 (2019). On the website of our colleagues, Media Size, it is said that eSIM will work on the tablet without the support of a physical SIM card, and therefore without a cell modem. It is not, we checked.
But even the Apple Watch with a cellular module will refuse to accept the Russian eSIM: here is the identification of such SIM card by Apple. The company must allow the use of eSIM throughout Russia, that is impossible: officially we have such technology still does not work.
Google Pixel 3 XL installed Android Q Beta 3 also refused to work with the eSIM from Tele2. Moreover, after trying to apply a new card, we lost contact with the physical SIM and not recovered even after a while and a few reboots. It is possible that this bug is a preliminary version of the system.
To support Tele2 admitted that the eSIM was tested only with the latest iPhone and Galaxy Watch.
At the time of publication notes the operator does not issue the built-in SIM: Tele2 asked the Ministry of communications. No violations Agency has revealed, because the provider first registered the physical SIM to the passport data of the client, and then I check on eSIM.
The main obstacle to wider dissemination of the technology is the need to install the chip eSIM domestic cryptography. Smartphone makers are unlikely to agree to that, according to the interlocutor of «Kommersant».
The Minister said that now together with the interested bodies will be further developed regulatory framework. Issued during testing eSIM will continue to work.