E-sims vs Physical Sims

Are e-sims more or less private than physical sim cards?

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e-sim is to sim what digital card is to physical card. Doesn’t make any difference really.

I think this matters a lot, how you obtain the SIMs and how you use them.

E-SIMs can’t be physically stolen unless someone steals your whole device. Even then, it can’t be transferred to a new device. So from a physical security perspective it’s a win all-around.

But the main risk is still SIM-swapping. I’ve seen nothing to make me think e-SIMs are worse, and some experts make the argument that it may be slightly beneficial.

It’ll depend on a lot of things. I personally always opt for e-SIMs unless there’s a practical reason for needing a physical SIM (a cell plan that I know I’ll be switching between multiple devices constantly)

So I’d start by looking at practical implications first and how those practical implications may impact something else for your privacy/security before I’d suggest getting into the nitty gritty of the type of SIM.

Privacy-wise there’s no major difference as far as I can tell.


My every day phone, is a Pixel so it has one physical and one eSIm. My contract number is through Verizon on a physical SIM. I use it only for data and I can swap it to other devices to do a large download or work on some project. My eSIM is through Mint Mobile, which I used a masked credit card to purchase, falsifying all required information which I use for talk and text.
I also purchase Mint Mobil Physical SIM for reasons. Buying these anonymously and using swapping them around is something I would miss.
I gave a SIM to a friend who was needing help, something you just don’t do with an eSIM easily. I just handed it to her, and she popped it in.

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