For vacation: set up airalo eSIM with data volume on the iPhone

Within the EU you no longer have to worry about mobile roaming and the associated costs. But what about the rest of the world? If you are planning a holiday, a business trip or other stays in distant countries, then a local SIM card can ensure inexpensive mobile phone use. The whole thing becomes particularly convenient if you use the eSIM function of current iPhone generations to set up an airalo offer. Because thanks to the airalo offers, you don't have to sign a contract on site, but select the respective country and the required tariff in the app - install, activate, done.

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With the airalo app you can select cheap data tariffs for the iPhone eSIM from over 190 countries. This is how you can use the mobile Internet cheaply on vacation or on a business trip - without the roaming cost trap.

With the airalo app you can select cheap data tariffs for the iPhone eSIM from over 190 countries. This is how you can use the mobile Internet cheaply on vacation or on a business trip - without the roaming cost trap.

airalo eSIM data plan for holidays, business trips and more

It doesn't matter whether it's Europe, Africa, Asia, America, the Caribbean or another region - at airalo you will find some really cheap mobile data for your stay in another country. Offers from local network operators or mobile phone providers are used and made available without a physical SIM card for use with the eSIM function of smartphones. If you are using an Apple phone, then you can use the eSIM from the iPhone XS (Max) and iPhone XR from 2018, which also includes the 2nd and 3rd generation iPhone SE. I use an eSIM data plan with the 12 iPhone 2020 Pro and am very happy with it.

In the airalo app you will find various tariff options that are perfect for you Holiday or a business trip fit. Because instead of a contract with a long minimum term, you simply receive data packages for 7, 15 or 30 days. From cheap 1 GB for e-mail, messenger, a bit of navigation and Co. to 10 GB for even more mobile Internet use, everything is included for most countries. However, there are also countries for which only small and short-term data volumes are offered. Packages can always be booked via the airalo app for iOS and Android. You can find all the details on the official website.

Set up an eSIM on the iPhone: Here's how!

Setting up an eSIM on the iPhone isn't quite as easy as inserting a physical SIM card, but it's still doable. As already mentioned above, the prerequisite is the use of a current Apple iPhone generation – such as iPhone XS / XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. The mobile phone tariff can be set up either by scanning a QR code with the camera , by manually entering data in the settings or by using the mobile operator's app. In the case of airalo, you should be successful with the corresponding app (link to download on the linked website).

If, contrary to expectations, something doesn't work after booking a tariff and you have to enter the data for using the mobile Internet manually, then that's no problem. The way leads you through the iOS settings of your iPhone. Here are the step-by-step instructions so that you can quickly use mobile data for your vacation:

  1. Opens the Settings on your iPhone
  2. Tap on Mobile, Mobile network or mobile data (varies depending on the iOS version)
  3. Now choose Add Cellular Plan from
  4. Scan the QR code or tap Enter details manually at the bottom of the screen
  5. Now you can enter the SM-DP+ address, the activation code and, if necessary, other data

If you get stuck, here is Apple's official support document: HT212780.

If you book a data plan for the iPhone eSIM via the airalo app, you don’t have to set up much. If something doesn't work, you can enter all relevant data for the tariff usage manually. Here are the instructions in the form of screenshots.

If you book a data plan for the iPhone eSIM via the airalo app, you don’t have to set up much. If something doesn't work, you can enter all relevant data for the tariff usage manually. Here are the instructions in the form of screenshots.

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