LG U+ sees surge in eSIM card use

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LG U+ sees surge in eSIM card use

LG U+, Korea's smallest wireless carrier, reported a surge in customers using smartphones with embedded SIM (eSIM) cards.  
The company said Thursday that the monthly average of users signing up for eSIM –based cellular plans increased by 44 percent between January and March compared to the same figure between last May and December. The smartphone plan was launched last May.  
Given that the use of the eSIM cards is not yet approved in Korea, subscribers to the LG U+ plan are mostly foreigners or Koreans who come from the countries where eSIM service is available and who need to stay in Korea for a while.  
The carrier attributed the rise to an increase in arrivals to Korea as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed.  
Unlike USIM cards, eSIMs are not physical cards but are programs in phones.  
A user scans QR codes on the website of the carrier to use plans dedicated to eSIM-programmed smartphones.  

BY PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]
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