Operator VimpelCom (Beeline brand) has published interesting statistics on new technologies in smartphones. According to the operator, the popularity of smartphones with eSIM support has tripled in 2020.
In December, total sales of smartphones with eSIM support grew 3.8 times compared to December last year, and for the whole of 2020, sales of these devices grew 3 times compared to 2019. This is due to the development of online sales, an increase in the number of models with eSIM support, as well as the expansion of the geography of eSIM testing. By the beginning of the fourth quarter, Beeline connected eSIM in 1400 service offices.
Also in December, sales of smartphones with 5G support increased significantly. The main peak in sales was in December: 60% of 5G smartphones sold in 2020 were purchased in the last month of the year.
Most often smartphones with eSIM and 5G support were bought in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan. The most popular 5G smartphones are the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro. The most popular eSIM-enabled smartphones were the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Note that eSIM support appeared in Apple smartphones starting with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and 5G support only with the release of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in the fall of 2020.