A CPF, Brazil’s national ID number, is used for many things including mobile phone contracts. As a non-Brazilian traveler without a CPF, many networks and SIM packages will therefore be unavailable to you. (Read more about CPF here)
But don´t fear there is a very practical solution. An eSIM.
eSIM stands for “electronic Subscriber Identity Module.”
These act like any other SIM card and contain your phone number and data plan, letting your smartphone connect to a cellular network for data, calls, and texts.
Unlike standard SIMs, though, eSIMS are embedded in your phone or tablet. You generally add these eSIMs to your mobile device by scanning a QR code or entering a code on your device — think of it as a software SIM card.
Essentially, these marketplaces sell temporary phone service that can be used abroad. The benefit of this is that you can buy mobile data plans at near-local prices without having to physically buy a SIM card at a cell phone shop.
If you don´t need more information you can buy a eSim right now just clicking HERE.
Need more information? Keep reading…
What Smartphones Support eSIMs?
eSIM is a relatively new technology, so only newer phones support it.
On the iPhone side of things, the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max support eSIMs. We assume that all future iPhones will support the technology, too, but all previous iPhones don’t.
A few flagship Android phones support eSIM, too, like the Pixel 3, Pixel 4, and various other devices. However, not all Android phones are supported, so make sure to check out the service’s full list of supported phones, tablets, and computers for more info. Check the full list clicking HERE.
Don’t Worry, You Can Use 2 SIM Cards at Once, Too
Both iOS and Android support the use of eSIMs and standard SIM cards in-tandem.
This means that you can set your physical SIM card to handle voice and text messages, while your eSIM card handles all of your mobile data.
This is especially useful for iOS users as you can keep your U.S. phone number active for iMessage when traveling abroad and use an eSIM for data.
Likewise, if you have a cell phone plan with free international roaming for text messages — think T-Mobile and Sprint — you can still send and receive texts and calls to your U.S. number when traveling!
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