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Apple took a big risk, in the US at least, by removing the physical SIM slot for all iPhone 14 models and relying entirely on eSIM.

In my tests of three iPhones: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max, I used the eSIM phone numbers already assigned to the phones but didn’t experience the setup – more specifically, the transition from a physical SIM to an all eSIM existence. But I couldn’t avoid it forever.

Apple’s promise is that the transition from a physical SIM slot-supported number to one, ostensibly the same one, supported on an eSIM-only device would be easy. The short story here is that, yes, the process is smooth and painless, but there are a couple of checkpoints worth heeding.

As noted, for now iPhone 14 phones in the UK and elsewhere outside the US will still have SIM slots, but the writing is on the wall. Within a generation or so, Apple will probably remove physical SIM slots from all iPhone models. My point is that you may not need this advice now, but bookmark this post for future use.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro SIM card change

Taking one last look at the iPhone 13 Pro SIM slot. You won’t be doing this with the iPhone 14 Pro (or any iPhone 14 in the US). (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

The need to transfer my current phone number, one I’ve had for over 20 years, started with my desire to fully upgrade from the iPhone 13 Pro to the iPhone 14 Pro (48MP camera, always-on display, Dynamic Island), and make it my everyday device.

It’s worth noting that my test iPhone 14 Pro already has an eSIM number and I decided to keep that number on the phone, a decision which later impacted a couple of settings I had to adjust post-transfer.

To be honest, I went into the whole thing with quite a bit of trepidation. I’ve tested dozens of phones over the years, usually popping out and sliding in different SIMS – with a SIM ejection tool or an unbent paperclip – to either move my number or keep a backup number on other test devices. I’ve upgraded my family’s phones by buying devices and then popping in their old SIM card. Even when it was time to get a new SIM for 5G support, I had Verizon ship the tiny card to me and I did the rest. Taking that physical aspect out of the equation left me feeling a bit unmoored.

eSIM process on the phone

When it’s time to transfer to eSIM. (Image credit: Future)

I started by resetting the iPhone 14 Pro (after backing up the lovely photos and videos I took with it) but noted that, during the process, I had the option of keeping the currently assigned eSIM number. Knowing a single iPhone 14 can support up to eight eSIM numbers, I decided to preserve it.

I was surprised at how quickly the iPhone 14 Pro reset; it was faster than my experiences with previous iPhone models.

The latest iPhone setup asks if you want to transfer an existing number to the new phone and then informed me that my current phone number would stop working on the iPhone 13 Pro.

I used to do a bit of diving in high school and the feeling of double pressing my iPhone 13 Pro power button to authorize the transfer of my number to eSIM on the iPhone 14 Pro was akin to the moments right before I attempted an inward, the dive where you leap up, scissor and then dive straight down, with your head passing just inches from the board. Sheer terror.

On the iPhone 14 Pro screen, I saw a message informing me that it was activating the phone and then connecting to the network, in this case, Verizon.

With no error messages to speak of, I exhaled a sigh of relief while the phone worked to transfer my iCloud settings from the iPhone 13 Pro.

As far as I could tell, the process had gone off without a hitch. There was, though, some mop-up to perform.

Because I’d kept the original eSIM, the iPhone 14 Pro initially named both numbers Primary, and I didn’t realize that the phone still didn’t know which number to use first.

A bit later, I called my brother on the iPhone 14 Pro. He didn’t pick up. However, a few minutes later, my iPhone rang and it was my brother who told me that when I initially called, he saw an unknown number and ignored it. He soon realized, based on the California area code, that it might be his gadget-crazed brother testing another device.

With multiple eSIMs, your iPhone 14 won’t know which number to use until you tell it.

There are a few steps I had to take to fix this. First, I needed to rename the lines. The preset options include:

  • Business
  • Cellular Data
  • Personal
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Travel
  • There is also a custom name option.

eSIM settings

You might want to adjust these settings after you switch to eSIM. (Image credit: Future)

Second, you have to choose in Settings which number to use as your Default Voice Line. This will ensure that you’re calling from the right number.

There is good reason, by the way, to have multiple, named eSIMs. If you enable “Allow Cellular Data Switching,” the iPhone 14 Pro (and all other eSIM-supporting iPhones) can auto-switch between eSIM numbers depending on coverage and signal availability. This will save you from accidentally using your home eSIM when traveling in, say, Europe, and paying exorbitant roaming fees.

My experience with Verizon’s and Apple’s SIM-to-eSIM process was smooth as silk. However, I have heard that it’s not always so easy. US Mobile Editor Phil Berne recounted to me the difficulties he ran into with T-Mobile and how they had to search for the process at a local T-Mobile store and try it twice until they found a QR code that simplified the process.

There may be even greater hurdles with smaller carriers as eSIM-only phones make their way around the globe, but my experience proves it’s not only possible but having an eSIM-only iPhone 14 Pro may be preferable.

Thanks for your service, tiny SIM card. Guess I won’t be missing you, after all.

If you’re not quite ready to go the eSIM route, but want to consider your next smartphone upgrade, check out our roundup of the best phones.

A 35-year industry veteran and award-winning journalist, Lance has covered technology since PCs were the size of suitcases and “on line” meant “waiting.” He’s a former Lifewire Editor-in-Chief, Mashable Editor-in-Chief, and, before that, Editor in Chief of PCMag.com and Senior Vice President of Content for Ziff Davis, Inc. He also wrote a popular, weekly tech column for Medium called The Upgrade.

Lance Ulanoff (opens in new tab) makes frequent appearances on national, international, and local news programs including Live with Kelly and Ryan, Fox News, Fox Business, the Today Show (opens in new tab), Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, and the BBC. 

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

Spare your feelings

A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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