If you’re new to using an eSIM in Europe, then it’s time to learn all about them.
Understanding eSIM bundles in Europe
Your European holiday should ideally be a time for relaxation and discovery. If the thought of
dealing with paperwork and searching around in a foreign land to get a barely usable Internet
connection sounds like a nightmare, just grab an eSIM bundle and put those connectivity woes
to rest for good!
We believe every traveler, even the most battle-worn backpacker, needs an effortless way to go
online and remain connected. They also need to be free from having to deal with ridiculous
roaming charges or worse yet, unreliable connectivity when they are abroad on a holiday.
Our eSIMs, powered by Orange, give you high-speed Internet across all of Europe with easy
installation and a pay-as-you-go pricing model. With our plans, you get the total freedom to
continue your online activities as you would at home. No more asking around for Wi-Fi either!
What is an eSIM? Why do I need one?
eSIM (embedded SIM) is a virtual SIM card that eliminates the need to use a traditional SIM
card. It carries out all the functions of a physical SIM card by establishing a safe connection to
your network and granting access to your service, which in turn makes it possible for you to
make use of your plan.
Because they let you switch between several plans, it is especially helpful for tourists who are
trying to avoid incurring high roaming costs while they are away from home. eSIM technology is
currently supported by almost all modern smartphones and tablets, and it is anticipated that it
will eventually replace conventional SIM cards.
Our Orange eSIMs are some of the fastest mobile data connections currently on the market,
with download rates of up to 300 Mbps.
Because of this, we won’t need to worry about our internet connection holding us back when we
stream films or download files at a rapid pace because it won’t be able to keep up. Orange eSIM
is not only quick but also incredibly dependable, especially in places with spotty signal
Moreover, it is also much safer to be on your own network throughout your holiday as there are
numerous dangers associated with using public Wi-Fi such as data theft or loss, identity theft,
hacking and more.
To sum up, the top advantages offered by eSIMs are:
● No commitments like in the case of prepaid data plans
● The flexibility to use regional or worldwide plans to stay connected while using your
eSIM, without having to switch SIM cards
● Quickly send or transfer important files or documents anytime and anywhere you wish
● Forgetting about expensive roaming charges
● Instant connectivity the moment you land at your destination
● No need to find a SIM card dealer
● Not having to awkwardly ask around for the Wi-Fi password
● Enjoy uninterrupted video calls
● Fast and correct navigation
● Much more affordable than a traditional mobile data plan
An eSIM may come in handy in the event that your traditional SIM card is misplaced or
corrupted for whatever reason.
Since your eSIM is virtual, the only changes you’ll need to make are to either your plan or the
amount of money you have available. You don’t need to worry about using it on the incorrect
device either, as that won’t happen even if you do it by accident.
eSIM activation in seconds
What makes using eSIMs truly incredible is the ease with which they allow you to go online.
Since you do not need to pull out and reinsert anything, all you need to do is scan a QR code
after buying a bundle fit for your holiday Internet needs.
You also don’t have to go into any stores to fill out paperwork to get a physical SIM or hope that
your Airbnb booking gives you safe and decent Wi-Fi. Moreover, you also do not have to deal
with potential language barriers or worse, getting a plan that doesn’t give you what you need
when it comes to fast and stable Internet throughout the continent.
However, bear in mind that your phone needs to be compatible with eSIM technology if you
intend to use it. Check an up to date list of compatible devices here.
You can buy an eSIM from any of the below stores:
You will receive an email with the QR code you will then need to scan with your phone to
activate the eSIM on your device. Please wait until you are actually in Europe to do so as the
plan only works with European networks.
Orange is one of Europe’s few mobile companies that provides a completely pan-European
service, so you can expect 24/7 connectivity in the following countries.
Andorra, Azores, Aland islands, Austria, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Belgium, Cyprus,
Crete, Corfu, The Cyclades, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands,
Finland, France mainland, Gibraltar, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland,
Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Isle of Man, Norway,
Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Rhodes, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom, San Marino,
Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Vatican City.
The eSIM comes pre-programmed with a French phone number, and the plan begins the first
time the eSIM is used (for a call, an SMS message, or an internet connection). To get your
phone number, dial 225, then 123# to check your account balance.
You will get texts in English containing product registration and usage information.
ORANGE ESIM EUROPE – 20 GB DATA & 120 VOICE MINUTES WORLDWIDE
This bundle will take care of all your connectivity needs for an extended European holiday. You
can get high-speed Internet and comprehensive coverage all across Europe so you would never
need to worry about weak signals on your holiday again. Features unlimited calls and SMS in
● 20GB 4G/LTE Data in Europe*
● Unlimited calls and SMS (In Europe)
● 120 minutes voice credit (Worldwide)
● 1,000 SMS (Worldwide)
● Valid for two weeks (After registration)
ORANGE HOLIDAY ZEN ESIM – 8GB, 30 MIN. CALLS & 200 SMS FROM EUROPE TO
WORLDWIDE + UNLIMITED CALLS & SMS IN EUROPE
Perfect for those quick European getaways, this bundle also comes with unlimited calls and
SMS in Europe.
● 8GB 4G/LTE Data in Europe*
● Unlimited calls and SMS (In Europe)
● 30 minutes voice credit (Worldwide)
● 200 SMS (Worldwide)
Smartphones with eSIM support
● Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
● Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
● Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
● Samsung Galaxy Fold
● Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4
● Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G
● Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
● Samsung Galaxy Note20
● Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
● Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
● Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
● Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G
● Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
● Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
● Samsung Galaxy S20
● Samsung Galaxy S20+
● Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
● Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
● Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
● Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
● Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
● Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
● Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
● iPhone SE 2 (2020)
● iPhone 13 Pro Max
● iPhone XR
● iPhone SE 3 (2022)
● iPhone 13 mini
● iPhone 11 Pro
● iPhone 12 Mini
● iPhone XS
● iPhone 12
● iPhone XS Max
● iPhone 11 Pro Max
● iPhone 13
● iPhone 12 Pro Max
● iPhone 12 Pro
● iPhone 13 Pro
● iPhone 11
● iPhone 14
● iPhone 14 Plus
● iPhone 14 Pro
● iPhone 14 Pro Max
● Huawei P40 Pro
● Huawei P50 Pro
● Huawei Mate 40 Pro
● Huawei P40
● Google Pixel 3a XL
● Google Pixel 4a
● Google Pixel 2 (only from Google Fi )
● Google Pixel 2 XL
● Google Pixel 3 (excluding phones purchased in Australia, Taiwan, or Japan. Phones
purchased through US or Canadian carriers other than Spring and Google Fi do not
● Google Pixel 4
● Google Pixel 5a
● Google Pixel 6
● Google Pixel 3 XL
● Google Pixel 3a (not phones bought in Japan or with Verizon)
● Google Pixel 4 XL
● Google Pixel 5
● Google Pixel 6 Pro.
● Google Pixel 7
● Google Pixel 7 Pro
● Sony Xperia 10 III Lite
● Sony Xperia 1 IV
● Sony Xperia 5 IV
● Sony Xperia 10 IV
● Motorola Razr 5G
● Motorola Razr 2020
● Motorola Razr 2019
● Nuu Mobile X5
● Gemini PDA
● Rakuten Mini, Big-S, Big
● Sony Xperia 10 III Lite· Sony Xperia 1 IV
● Surface Pro X
● Honor Magic 4 Pro
● Fairphone 4
Final thoughts about eSIMs in Europe
We highly recommend that you purchase your eSIM bundle ahead of time and activate it only
while you are at your destination. Orange has a significant presence in all of the major markets
in Europe and provides packages that are adapted to meet the requirements of all kinds of
We think it is a serious blow to your holiday experience if you’re having to constantly think about
how you’re going to remain online throughout your vacation. Whether you need to check on
your reservations or just look up Google Maps, waiting more than a couple of seconds to do so
is going to take the wind out of your sails more than you think.
Please note that if your device is not compatible with eSIM you won’t be able to use one. If you
are still unsure if your device is eSIM compatible, get in touch with your provider.
What could be just dismissed as a minor inconvenience could quickly spiral out of control into a
connectivity nightmare if you go with a plan that is not suited for your Internet usage habits.