The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a built-in SIM card, but it works only with subscribers to Google’s Project Fi.
The new smartphones Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a feature that went a little unnoticed when presented by Google. These are the first smartphones to be equipped with an integrated SIM card, called eSIM (embedded SIM). Apple also uses the eSIM, but only on its Apple Watch Series 3 watch . The interest of eSIM: it is no longer necessary to pick up a SIM card in a store or wait for it to arrive by mail. Users of several smartphones also do not have to remove the SIM card from one device to insert it in another, which is usually an inconvenient operation.
Unfortunately, the eSIM of Pixel 2 is only reserved for subscribers of a single telephone operator: Google. Indeed, the publisher offers a mobile phone service under the name of Project Fi . It is based on a single basic plan and data consumption billing, but is only available in the United States. Subscribers to Project Fi will not have to install a new SIM card. Simply select the option “SIM free setup” at the time of the first boot to benefit from the function and be able to quickly be able to make and receive calls. Fortunately, Google has also thought about users who subscribe to other phone operators since the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also have a traditional SIM card slot.