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Monday, January 23rd, 2023 10:11 PM

eSIM and using an international SIM in a locked phone

Hello,

First time posting to a forum, so thanks in advance for any info.  

I have a iPhone 12 pro that has 8 more installments (AT&T) until fully paid and able to be unlocked.  It has a physical SIM card. 

My question is if I convert my physical SIM to an eSIM, would I be able to use an international (Sweden) physical SIM card in Sweden? 

My suspicion is that it would not be possible since the phone is still "locked." 

Any info would be great as I travel to Europe frequently and the data services through AT&T (when travelling to Europe) are much more expensive than local options.  It's too bad AT&T doesn't have a similar arrangement as they do in Central and South America.

Thanks,

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ACE - Expert

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64.7K Messages

1 year ago

Your suspicion is correct. You can’t use any non ATT sim until the phone is unlocked.

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1 year ago

Thanks, did not know if converting to an eSIM might still allow another physical SIM card.

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10 months ago

How about if I have a locked att phone with an esim

can I have another (second/dual) esim in a foreign country ?

ACE - Sage

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117.8K Messages

10 months ago

No.

The phone has to be paid off and unlocked through the AT&T portal in order for either SIM card to be capable of using a non AT&T SIM card.

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10 months ago

Got it thanks

so im thinking best option is buy a cheap phone with a Data plan and use it’s personal hotspot to be able to use my phone abroad ?

ACE - Master

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10.7K Messages

10 months ago

That might work, but you need to make sure that you leave your US phone in airplane mode with only Wifi enabled, and roaming off to make sure that you don’t accidentally connect to a local carrier and start incurring international roaming charges.

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