Does an eSIM expire if it's not used?

To answer this question accurately it is necessary to break this down into two segments; "the eSIM itself" and "the bundle applied to the eSIM"


1. The eSIM itself

·         Will only expire if there has been no usage activity at all in the past 12 months.

2. The bundle applied to the eSIM 

·         The bundle validity period (11 months prior to activation) won't start to expire until the device connects to a network and the first 10mb of data has been depleted from the bundle.

·         If a bundle has not been started and remains completely unused, then it will expire 12 months after the date it was applied to an eSIM.

A scenario to illustrate the difference between SIM expiry and bundle expiry has been written below:

Two bundles are applied to the same eSIM. Both were bought at the same time 12 months ago.

One of the two bundles is used after 6 months, but the second bundle remains completely unused within a 12-month period. 

The second unused bundle would expire, but the SIM would not expire as there was usage activity on month 6.

The eSIM would never expire if top-up bundles were periodically added and used inside a 12-month period, but if no bundle was added to the SIM in this example then the SIM would expire after a further 6 months of inactivity.