Each of Apple’s latest iPhones, including the XR, XS, and XS Max, support dual-SIM functionality. Straight out of the box, these handsets can have both a physical SIM-based carrier and an eSIM-based carrier configured on the same device for traveling abroad. But perhaps unsurprisingly, the native implementation of this capability on the iOS platform leaves a lot to be desired.
Here to help with this particularly disgruntling issue is a newly-released jailbreak tweak called eSIM+ by iOS developer iArrays. Just as the name implies, this tweak augments any jailbroken iPhone that supports dual-SIM capabilities, such as those mentioned earlier.
Installing eSIM+ on a compatible handset permits the user to designate their preferred SIM card when dialing phone numbers or sending text messages, and as you might come to expect, it does this in a more intuitive way than Apple permits out of the box.
In the screenshot examples above, you’ll notice that eSIM+ presents you with a no-BS interface for choosing which carrier you’d like to use whenever you’re about to dial a phone number, and it works from virtually any interface in iOS that a call can be initiated from.
Moreover, the following screenshots denote how the same process works for text messaging:
The eSIM+ tweak adds a preference pane to the Settings app after installation where you can configure a few options to your liking:
Here, you can:
- Toggle eSIM+ on or off on demand
- Toggle eSIM+ on or off for messaging and configure preferred behavior
- Toggle eSIM+ on or off for phone calls and configure preferred behavior
- Tinker with SIM, Bluetooth, and other Miscellaneous settings
Personally, I don’t have a jailbroken dual-SIM iPhone to test this tweak with, nor do I have commitments with two separate cellular carriers even if I did. With that in mind, I wasn’t able to test eSIM+ directly, but I do appreciate it for what it is: a means of making dual-SIM functionality substantially more practical on supported devices.
Assuming you aren’t in the same boat as me and you could actually benefit from getting more out of the dual-SIM experience on your jailbroken iPhone, you can download eSIM+ for free from the BigBoss repository in Cydia or Sileo. Upon installing, you’ll need to activate the tweak from the Settings page for a small fee.
What are your thoughts regarding making the dual-SIM functionality on your iPhone more usable via jailbreaking? Let us know in the comments section below.