The Google Pixel 2 was the first major smartphone that featured eSIM capability. The eSIM functionality allows you to enable network connection via software directly on your device rather than needing a physical SIM card from a specific service provider. The company has announced that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which also have eSIM capability, will now support a lot more service providers. The devices eSIM functionality has been expanded to support Google Fi and Sprint in the US, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone in Germany, EE in the UK, Airtel and Reliance Jio in India, as well as Truphone and Gigsky in various countries.
Google also announced a new program that will enable manufacturers to more easily integrate eSIM functionality into their devices. Details are light but this should help further the technology and allow users to quickly and easily switch between service providers.
The new eSIM support for additional carriers will be rolling out over the next few months, but unfortunately, no concrete dates have been given.