PhoneBox eSIM guide for devices and FAQ’s

What is an eSIM?

An eSIM is an embedded SIM.
Like a physical SIM card, an eSIM from PhoneBox allows you to connect to our partners mobile network.
An eSIM QR code contains a digital SIM that lets you access a cellular plan without having to insert a physical SIM card. This eSIM QR code also allows you to use up to two phone numbers on select smartphones.

An eSIM can't be inserted or removed.

Check out the list of device currently compatible with a PhoneBox eSIM:

How do I set it up?


  1. Select your rate plan and features
  2. Go to Settings, then Cellular
  3. Tap the “Add Cellular Plan” button
  4. Scan QR code sent to you via email with your phone camera until you see a message that says “A cellular plan from “Rogers” is ready to be added to iPhone
  5. Choose labels for each of your cellular plans
  6. Set your default line


As a Primary Line on a Google Pixel

  1. Turn on the phone
  2. Select Don’t have a SIM card option
  3. Connect to a Wi-Fi network
  4. Select PhoneBox as your network
  5. Scan QR code sent to you via email with your phone camera

As the only line on a Motorola Razr

  1. Turn on the device
  2. Select "Start SIM-free setup"
  3. Connect to a WI-FI network
  4. Copy apps and data using Google Account (Optional)
  5. Provide permissions to Google Terms & Conditions
  6. Scan QR code sent to you via email with your phone camera

As a Secondary Line

  1. Go to Settings/Network and Internet
  2. Click the + sign
  3. Select Don’t have a SIM card? Download your SIM instead
  4. Select Rogers as the network provider
  5. Scan QR code sent to your via email with your phone camera

To learn more:

How does Dual-SIM work?

Using a physical SIM card and an embedded SIM card (eSIM), you can use two phone numbers on one smartphone. Both phone numbers can make and receive voice calls, and send and receive text messages (SMS) and multimedia messages (MMS). This means you can have your personal and business phone numbers on one phone, or you can add a second phone line when travelling internationally.


1. What rate plans are available for eSIM?

Postpaid and Prepaid plans on the Rogers Network can be used with an eSIM. Any changes will be updated.

2. Do I need an active physical SIM in my phone to activate an eSIM?

Compatible Android Smartphone: No, a customer can activate a phone using an eSIM QR code on compatible Android phones on Android 10 and newer.

Compatible iOS Smartphone: At this time, compatible iOS smartphones require a physical SIM card to be activated first in order to provision the device warranty, after which you can switch to eSIM.

3. How do I know which line I’m using at any given time?

Each line is individually labelled to differentiate between numbers. These labels can be customized and may vary depending on operating system and active carrier.

4. What happens when I receive a call on my secondary line while I’m on a call on my primary line?

Both lines can be connected to the network at all times. While on a call using one line, the other line is in standby. If you receive a call on the other line while on a call using the first line, the incoming call will go to voicemail.

5. If both lines have mobile data, which one can I use and which one will show on my bill?

Both lines can access mobile data but only one line can access mobile data at any given time to prevent duplicating charges. Your usage will reflect the line that you have selected to use as the default at any given time. The default line can be changed in your phone settings.

6. I currently have two mobile lines at PhoneBox on two phones. Can I transfer one of my phone numbers to an eSIM so that I can have both phone numbers on one phone?

To move one of your phone numbers to an eSIM, please contact our customer support at and request for eSIM. Our customer support will help you set up your existing number on an eSIM.

7. How will I be billed for calls and text messages?

Calls and messages are billed according to the wireless plan associated with the line used at any given time. Overage rates may apply if you exceed your allotment of data.

8. When travelling, can I use a foreign carrier’s eSIM on my PhoneBox phone?

Yes, if available, customers can use a foreign carrier’s eSIM plan when travelling to countries outside of Canada if the network is compatible with the phone. When you return home, you can switch from your foreign carrier's eSIM to your local eSIM.

9. Can I activate an eSIM from another carrier on my PhoneBox smartphone?

Yes, PhoneBox customers can activate an eSIM from another carrier on their PhoneBox eSIM capable phone. The other carrier must support eSIM functionality on the phone. PhoneBox does not provide support for non-PhoneBox lines.

10. When I upgrade my phone, how do I transfer the number associated to my eSIM to another phone?

Upon upgrading, request a new eSIM from PhoneBox customer support at

11. Can I delete my eSIM profile?

You can delete your eSIM profile by going to your phone’s network/cellular settings and locating the line (eSIM profile) you want to delete. Quick note: When you delete your eSIM profile, you don’t cancel the line on the network, so you’ll continue to be billed.

12. If I delete my eSIM profile from one phone, can I scan the eSIM QR code again into another phone?

No, once an eSIM profile is deleted from the phone, you can’t scan the same eSIM QR code into another phone. An eSIM QR code can be used and scanned only once. You’ll need to purchase an eSIM QR code at your nearest PhoneBox store or contact us customer support at

Note: PhoneBox is not responsible for loss of carrier service as a result of an eSIM download wipe performed on any non-PhoneBox eSIM. If your phone’s eSIM line is currently active through a carrier other than PhoneBox, you are responsible for obtaining and activating a new eSIM card from the carrier. You are responsible for any charges that your carrier may apply for a replacement eSIM card.