By: 19 February 2024

Revolut’s eSIM is available for UK customers

Revolut launches eSIM without unexpected roaming charges

Revolut, a UK-based fintech, has launched an eSIM offering data plans without unexpected roaming charges in more than 100 countries.  

The digital SIM, initially available to UK customers, can be used alongside a physical SIM, allowing customers to switch between networks when they travel.  

Customers can take advantage of an introductory offer of 100 MB of mobile data, and users of Revolut’s Ultra plan, which costs £540 per year, will have access to 3GB of data which they can use globally each month.  

Elyas Sadou, product owner of eSIM at Revolut, said: “Our eSIM offers seamless access to mobile data, eliminating the inconvenience of high prices or the need to buy and organise a physical SIM card. 

“Whether you are in the US, Australia or Egypt, you can effortlessly secure a data plan with just a few taps on your phone. It’s a game-changer for people who love to travel.” 

Connecting the eSIM enables customers to use the Revolut app without using up their mobile data. This means if customers run out of data on their eSIM, or arrive in a country and with no access to data, they can still access the app to top up.  

The cost of using mobile data abroad has risen for Brits recently. Previously, UK residents could roam Europe using their existing allowance. But major mobile carriers, including EE, Vodafone and Three, have reintroduced roaming charges since the UK left the EU.  

AI-scam feature

Revolut also recently launched a scam detection feature to help determine if a customer is making a fraudulent payment. The feature has reduced fraud losses from card scams by 30%, Revolut said.  

David Eborne, head of fraud at Revolut, said: “We’ve invested heavily in the product to ensure that customers can continue to spend and send their money safely.  

“For example, a growing number of banks are increasingly restricting or heavily limiting the ability to make card payments to crypto and investment websites. With this feature, rather than completely block those transactions, we ensure that customers who want to perform legitimate payments continue to do so.” 

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Josh Poyser
Josh Poyser is an editor at FinTech Intel. He has written about fintech for several years and appeared at FinTech Connect 2023 on the 'Unlocking Success: The Art of Fintech PR' panel.