The tech industry just wouldn’t be so exciting if there weren’t constant new innovations and smarter, better ways of doing things. The latest example of this is the eSIM, a new type of SIM card that OYA will use for it's new Asian wide data service.

Find out why the eSIM will change Singapore's telco scene, and how to get cheap data that never expires with OYA.

What is an eSIM?

An eSIM is a digital SIM that’s short for embedded SIM card. The Google Pixel 2 was the first mainstream device to include eSIM. Where a SIM card had once been necessary for telcos to authenticate a subscriber’s identity, the eSIM now eradicates that.

TLDR; you’ll no longer need a physical SIM card to get data in Singapore or abroad. You also won't need to swap SIM cards to a local network while overseas!

So while your sim-only unlimited data plan from Circles.Life, Singtel or M1 — to name a few — may be great value for money, the playing field is about to change.

The eSIM means traditional SIM card slots will eventually be removed, so devices will become even sleeker than before.

(Psst: Here’s how to pick the best mobile data plan in Singapore. We’ve also factored in data usage habits and telco plan prices, for your easy comparison.)

But I already own a dual SIM phone. How will an eSIM help?

What if you we told you OYA offers cheap data that never expires? Here’s more on how to get extra data in Singapore without switching telcos.

If you own a dual SIM phone, you’ll probably know it allows you to have two active SIM cards running in tandem.

eSIM phones
(including the latest iPhones) work the same way: they're developed to support a physical SIM and an eSIM. You’ve then the option of selecting one as your primary line. This line will be used to make calls and texts by default.

With your second SIM (eSIM), using a telco like OYA will allow you to load up on cheap data that never expires, so you can always be connected for WhatApp calls and messages, plus stream Spotify or YouTube videos without worrying about busting your data limit (and being charged excess usage fees).

Even if you’re on an unlimited data plan, many telcos in Singapore often include a cap on data usage, after which you can expect throttled (aka slower!) Internet speeds.

So...when is eSIM coming to Singapore?

eSIMs are actually already here! Local telco M1 first announced plans to introduce the technology in December 2018. When OYA launches later in 2019, it will be the first 100% eSIM, data-only service in Singapore.

So if want to be one of the first in the city to use an eSIM on your device, you don't have to wait long!


Can it be used with my my iPhone, iPad or Pixel?

Plans to push the technology onto iPads and the Pixel are underway. At present, these phones are eSIM-compatible in Singapore:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

How to set up eSIM with iPhone XR, XS and XS Max

We’ve made it as easy as possible to get setup with your OYA eSIM on the latest iPhones. In fact, it’s even easier than a physical SIM.

Step 1. Download the OYA app from the AppStore (once we’ve launched)

Step 2. Fill out your name and email. We’ll send you a magic code to log in (no passwords to remember. Yay!)

Step 3. Verify your ID.
OYA does this in the app — just snap your IC and a picture of your face, and you’re ready to go.

Step 4. Activate your eSIM.
Retrieve your QR code from your email, then follow the instructions to set it up on your iPhone.

Step 5. Enjoy data!
Go on an Instagram stories binge, or start streaming some Netflix in 4K. The best thing is, OYA data never expires. Come back in six months or a year, and it’ll still be there waiting to be used.

Want 1GB of FREE data when OYA launches later this year? Fill out the form below to enjoy access to Singapore’s first 100% eSIM network!