I totally understand and appreciate your viewpoint on this as many still do like using Sd cards, but Samsung do seem to be moving towards online vault options now especially on their Flagship phones and newer phones.
That's awful and I feel for anyone put in that position.
Unfortunately nowadays these phones being expensive create an opportunity for some unscrupulous people to take advantage of an owner.
I remember when the fingerprint scanner was first introduced that some were then forcing the owner to unlock their phones before making off with them.
Personally I try not to use my phone in any areas that would leave me vulnerable to being mugged.
I also have my phone covered for loss or theft under my Home Contents insurance.
In regards to eSims I've not needed to use this option yet as I prefer a physical sim and some networks here in the UK seem to sometimes struggle with either initially setting them up or transferring an eSim from one phone to another.
Suppose I'm just stuck in my ways with some aspects of tech. 😉
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