What type of network you get with eSims can depend on a lot of factors:
- Plan type: Some eSIM data plans only offer 3G speeds. However, most plans include 4G. If you’ve got a 5G device and want to go fast, make sure your plan supports it too.
- Provider agreements: Most eSIM providers, like Airalo, Ubigi, and Redteago, are not local operators, but “MVNOs” (mobile virtual network operators). This means they have deals with multiple local operators (AT&T, Orange, Vodafone, etc.) to use their network. For example, if you’re in the USA with a North America plan and connected to AT&T, your provider has a roaming agreement with them to buy data. This is good news for users, as MVNOs often have agreements with multiple operators, letting you switch networks and get the best connection. Rarely, some eSIM providers may only have 3G agreements with local providers.
- Location: Your location and the local infrastructure determine the network you’ll get. Don’t expect 100MB/s speeds in a remote area with poor connectivity.”