Using eSIM for new lines on 5.0 (iPhone only)

What is an Embedded SIM Card (eSIM)?

An embedded SIM (eSIM) is a digital SIM that allows you to activate your Republic Wireless 5.0 Plan without having to use a physical SIM.

Why should I use an eSIM?

Using an eSIM makes it much easier to manage your plan and eSIM-compatible devices

  • They can be updated with new features over the air so that you’ll always have the latest SIM technology
  • They help improve reliability and the security of your network
  • They let you skip the hassle of having to get a replacement card. eSIMs can be downloaded directly to your phone.

How do I use an eSIM?

Before changing to an eSIM, make sure your device is connected to WiFi and your physical SIM card has been removed.


New to Republic Wireless by DISH

  1. Sign in to the Activation Portal
  2. Prepare your device:
    1. Make sure your phone isn’t carrier locked
    2. Know your current wireless carrier information
    3. Know your transfer PIN
    4. Make sure your iPhone supports eSIM and is on the latest software version
  3. Start the activation process by pressing “Get Started”
  4. Press “Activate eSIM” when prompted for your type of SIM card
  5. Activate your line by following the on-screen steps:
    1. Connect your phone to a WiFi network
      1. If you cannot connect to a WiFi network, please do not submit an activation request. Your phone will stop working until you can connect to WiFi.
    2. Locate and enter your phone’s IMEI number
      1. An easy shortcut to your IMEI is to dial *#06# as if you were making a phone call
    3. Press “Continue”
  6. Choose your phone number:
    1. Select “Keep my number” to transfer an existing number
    2. Select “Choose a new number” to start fresh!
    3. Press “Continue”
  7. Press “Submit Activation” once you’ve reviewed everything
  8. On your phone, select the push notification asking you to finish setting up your plan
  9. Press “Continue” on the Install Cellular Plan page
  10. Confirm your phone is activating by going to Settings >> Cellular
  11. Once the eSIM has been paired with the phone successfully, Republic Wireless by DISH will appear as your cellular carrier
  12. Confirm your eSIM is active by going to Settings >> General >> About >> and scrolling down to the ESIM section

Note for Android Users: Republic Wireless by DISH does not yet support eSIM on Android.

Legacy Customers

eSIM is only available on new lines on Republic Wireless 5.0 Plans. To switch to eSIM, you’ll need to split your account first by following the How to Split Your Account article and then transfer the lines to the new account while using eSIM.