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iPhone XS plus owner here. How do I use two sims for travel?

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Sep 11, 2015
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iPhone XS plus owner here. How do I use two sims for travel?

I am a Canadian, my phone plan has no international USA package I can purchase, I will have to pay international roaming charges if I want to use my phone.

I want to purchase a prepaid USA SIM card for a week of travel I am about to do in March.

Can I keep my current Canadian Sim in my phone and use my phone number in the USA with a second SIM card that has USA coverage installed? Is there an option in settings where I can select for example: use SIM card X for the phone number, no roaming. Use SIM card Y for all data+talk+text while in the USA.

Thank you.
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Deal Addict
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Nov 14, 2003
4246 posts
I believe your phone only has one physical SIM slot unless you have the Chinese variant that has two SIM slots. With the Chinese version, go to a mobile store in the US, buy a SIM and plan and pop it in your phone.

If you don't have the Chinese version, you can try TMobile prepaid eSIM or Knowroaming,

https://www.t-mobile.com/support/plans- ... e-esim-app
https://esim.knowroaming.co/product-cat ... h-america/

This would be SIM card Y.
Deal Fanatic
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Dec 28, 2007
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I use a T-Mobile sim with a San Diego number. Just make sure that your cellphone is unlocked.
Deal Guru
Aug 26, 2002
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Toronto, ON
OP, you have a XS so your phone supports eSIMs. Load up a data eSIM and you can keep your current sim in your phone and roam with the eSIM when you're in the States.
Deal Guru
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Mar 6, 2003
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eSIMs are so great. No more fiddling with the sim slot.

We were in the US and needed a bit of data for a week or so. Bought 3GB for $11 US which covered our needs. We went with Airalo this time
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