When it comes to choosing a suitable solution for your business line needs, it can be overwhelming. After all, there are so many options out there. Should you try a VoIP system, or a traditional landline service? A virtual mobile phone app, or take out another contract with your regular network provider? One of the latest solutions being adopted by small business owners and the self-employed alike, is eSIM.
eSIM, or ’embedded-SIM’, is a small chip embedded inside a range of the latest smartphones and tablets. A bit like a regular SIM card, an eSIM can be activated with mobile services that work over the traditional network infrastructure.
However, eSIM technology is not like a traditional SIM card at all. It’s better. The eSIM chip embedded inside the phone is activated over-the-air, meaning users download their mobile service over the internet – just like how they would download a podcast to their phone. And just like podcasts, an eSIM user isn’t limited to one choice only; they can choose from a range of different eSIM plans from different providers, download them to their device, and use them one at a time.
So, how can an eSIM benefit you and your business? What makes it different from every other business line product on the market? Here are three reasons why you should consider using eSIM as your business line solution:
Two mobile phone plans in one device
When launching your small business or deciding to become self-employed, you have to make a few early decisions regarding how you wish to be contacted. Outside of an email address, you are likely to need a dedicated phone number. If you’re not comfortable sharing your personal line, you may be thinking of purchasing a second phone and mobile contract for your business. While this is a great solution, there’s no denying that it can be a huge pain to carry around a second phone with you all the time.
By activating the eSIM inside your eSIM-enabled device, you instantly turn your phone from a single SIM handset into a dual SIM handset – meaning you have two distinct mobile phone plans within the one device. By combining your personal and business line into one handset, you will never have to worry about missing a call again as your device will differentiate between incoming and outgoing business calls and personal calls. Both SIM plans work simultaneously and do not interfere with each other.
Top tip: While some eSIM plans in the UK come with a +44 telephone number , others are data-only. Be sure to check with your chosen eSIM provider to make sure you pick the right plan for you.
Separate your personal and business billing
Whether you choose a plan with full voice, SMS and data services, or a data-only eSIM bundle, using eSIM technology will allow you to clearly separate your personal and business billing – a must for all small business owners or contractors.
By distinguishing betweenpersonal and business expenses , individuals can ensure they pay the appropriate level of tax and keep track of spend throughout the year.
With an eSIM, individuals can purchase their own plans online, or companies can purchase on an employee’s behalf. There is no formal registration process and once purchased, plans are sent to the recipient in the form of a QR code which can then be scanned using the phone’s camera.
Most eSIM providers also offer a top-up feature, meaning any additional credit or data required for the eSIM business line can be bought online by the individual or company.
Cheap rates overseas
For many companies, one of the biggest factors to consider when choosing a business line solution is how it will perform overseas. Whether you are self-employed and travel frequently, or have employees who often make international trips, you’ll know it can be very expensive.
eSIMs have long been popular with business travellers as it allows a user to bypass traditionally-expensive roaming charges applied by their normal operator.
With a normal SIM card, a user has a few options when they are overseas:
They could swap out their regular SIM for a local SIM card
They could rely on Wi-Fi only and use their phone in airplane mode
They can use their phone as normal and accept whatever roaming charges are applied by their operator
An eSIM creates a totally new solution. When overseas, a business traveller can simply download a local eSIM profile from a local network provider, or buy an eSIM online that is designed for travel. There are a whole host of eSIM plans available from online eSIM stores, providing everything from data-only bundles to global roaming packages.
Either way, the business traveller saves money when using their phone overseas and won’t have to wait anxiously for an expensive monthly phone bill to roll in.
As you can see, an eSIM is a great alternative to other business line solutions on the market. But, it’s not for everyone. When it comes to choosing an eSIM plan, be sure to shop around and ensure you pick the right plan for you. While an eSIM will be a cost-effective option for the self-employed or small business owners, larger corporations might find more benefit in exploring traditional landline networks or VoIP systems.
eSIM plans can be purchased from traditional network providers in the UK, such as O2 or Three, or from a range of online eSIM stores, including eSIM.net. There are a range of eSIM-enabled devices on the market, including Samsung devices, iPhone models, and the latest Google Pixel handsets.