The iPhone 15 could be eSIM-only in a much wider range of countries

That could spell the end of physical SIM cards as we know it

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When the iPhone 14 was released, users in the USA found one major difference to the rest of the world – there was no SIM card tray. Instead, Apple opted to use eSIM's only.

It's a choice which sparked a lot of debate. Some considered the move to be a car-crash, forcing a less common technology onto users who didn't want to use it. Others, found that it was a good thing for users, offering ease-of-use and removing potential spots for water and dirt to creep into your handset.

Now, reports suggest that the change could roll out to further locations with the release of the iPhone 15 later this year. According to a report on the French website, iGeneration, the model released in France will also be eSIM only. It's worth noting that the publication isn't especially well-known, and the reports haven't been corroborated by any official sources, so take it with a pinch of salt for now.

If true though, it's unlikely to be a change confined within the French borders. Generally, the same model is sold across large parts of Europe, with MacRumors noting that the same iPhone 14 variant was sold in France, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and more.

It certainly looks as though eSIM technology is set to become the standard for a much wider array of users, then. And personally, I'm all for it.

On the eSIM-only iPhone 14 variants, users can plug up to eight different virtual SIM cards into one handset. And while I can't think of anyone who would need eight different SIM cards, having the option is always better than not. 

As someone who travels a fair bit, I find that the majority of countries are covered on my main SIM's roaming policy. But knowing that I can have a second SIM pre-installed and ready to go, which covers other locations, is incredibly re-assuring. The iPhone 15 shows no signs of deviating from the standard September release window, so we still have around six months to wait and find out.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.