In today's digitally driven world, the modern traveller seeks more than just breathtaking holiday destinations. Seamless connectivity, especially through social media, is crucial to deliver an unforgettable vacation experience.

Whether it's for posting that stunning #OOTD beach shot or for reaching out to loved ones back home (Hi mum and dad, don’t worry, I haven’t gotten lost yet!), being online is non-negotiable. And while traditional SIM cards have been a staple for travelling overseas, technology has now presented us with a game-changer: the eSIM.

What is eSIM and Why do travellers in Singapore love It?

At its core, the eSIM or 'embedded SIM' is a digital SIM card. It lets you activate a mobile plan without having to use a physical SIM. Built into the device, it's ready to go, transforming the way we connect. That means no more fiddling with hairpins to replace a physical SIM card mid-flight – or even worse, losing your SIM card while travelling!

eSIMs also offer unparalleled convenience compared to traditional SIM cards. A single eSIM can give you access to mobile plans for multiple countries and even multiple mobile numbers, so you no longer need to juggle one SIM card per destination. (Frequent fliers, business travellers, and digital nomads take note!)

You can also switch plans or carriers without any physical hassle. Plus with eSIMs, there’s a reduced risk of damage to your SIM card or phone or SIM swapping frauds.

Not convinced yet? Here’s the cherry on top: 5G. With the advent of 5G technology, eSIMs are now faster and more reliable than ever. M1 is currently the only telco in Singapore offering 5G eSIMs, giving you access to some of the best coverage around.

You can now rest assured that your connectivity on the go is both swift and steady. Say goodbye to laggy video calls and hello to ultra-fast uploads of your holiday pictures.

How to get and Set up your M1 eSIM for Travel

1. Do a quick compatibility check

First, check to make sure your device supports eSIM. Many of the latest smartphones, tablets, and wearables already come eSIM-ready, but still – you don’t want to be caught unawares mid-flight.

M1 currently supports the following eSIM models:

  • iPhone XR / XS / XS Max or later

  • iPhone SE (2020)

  • iPad (7th Gen)

  • iPad Air (3rd Gen)

  • iPad Mini (5th Gen)

  • iPad Pro (11-inch) (1st Gen & 2nd Gen)

  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd & 4th Gen)

  • Samsung Note20 / Note20 Ultra 5G

  • Samsung S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra 5G

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

  • Samsung Galaxy Fold

2. Register for an eSIM

Register with M1 for a no-contract eSIM if you’re a new user, or reactivate an eSIM profile and use Dual SIM capabilities if you’re an existing M1 customer.

3. Select an eSIM plan

Choosing your desired eSIM plan is a breeze. With an array of options tailored to different needs, you're bound to find one that suits your travel style. Whether you’re someone who needs 24-hour uninterrupted access to social media or someone who just needs to check their emails casually, M1’s here to make sure your plan fits just right.

4. Activate your eSIM

Don’t worry, you’re almost there. Now you just need to set up eSIM on your Apple device or activate eSIM on a Samsung device.

And there you go! You’re ready to jet off and make those memories while staying connected to friends and family back home.

Top Holiday Destinations with M1 eSIM Support

eSIM isn’t just about convenience; it's also about coverage. From the bustling streets of Taipei to the serene beaches of Bali, M1's got your back. Our Roaming Data can be used in:

  • Malaysia (Celcom)

  • Indonesia (Indosat / XL Axiata)

  • Hong Kong (SmarTone)

  • Macau (SmarTone)

  • Taiwan (Chunghwa Telecom)

Stay connected at top holiday destinations and enjoy uninterrupted service with the M1 5G eSIM. Instead of using the usual sim card, with eSIM you’re not just travelling light; you're travelling smart! as well.Discover more ways to stay connected while on the go with our guide to global connectivity for digital nomads and the best data roaming plans for travellers in Singapore.