What is eSim and why would it be needed?

eSIM technology has been in the news for quite some time, but not many people are aware of it. This is because not all smartphones promote this connectivity option. The reason for this is that it is an expensive technology, as it requires creating a dedicated location directly on the motherboard.

Apple is one of the brands that offers this option on most of their smartphones. Apart from this, Samsung and Motorola also offer this option, but it is only in their most expensive smartphone. Google also provides eSIM support. Now the question arises that how does eSIM technology work? Which smartphone is supported and for what price in India? So let’s know about it.

What is eSIM

Don’t go by its name as it is not an electronic SIM. Rather it is known as Embedded-SIM. This is because the eSIM technology is embedded or soldered on the motherboard of the phone. This option is also supported on smartwatches and drones, as it eliminates the hassle of creating an additional SIM card slot on the device.

Simply put, it allows embedded or digital SIM users to activate a cellular plan from their carrier without using a physical nano-SIM. Bharti Airtel, Jio and Vi are the only telcos in India to offer eSIM support on both Android and iOS smartphones.

Works with these phones

As you know most of the iPhones support this option. eSIM is supported on iPhone 6 and above. Samsung phones that support eSim include the Galaxy S20 series, S21 series, all Z Fold smartphones and Z Flip devices. Other Android smartphones include Motorola Razr and Google Pixel 2 and above.

How to Enable eSIM

The process to activate or enable eSIM is very simple, but it varies from operator to operator. Telecom companies do not charge separately for eSIM and your regular plan is also forwarded to the same number. In addition, Airtel and Jio support eSIM on both prepaid and postpaid plans. Vi gives eSIM option only on postpaid plans. To activate eSIM on Airtel, message the registered email id on 121. Vi users SMS the registered email id to 199 to activate the eSIM. Whereas Jio users can SMS GETESIM to 199. Let us know that users can find IMEI and EID numbers in the Settings app.

After this, users will get an SMS from each sender and follow the given steps. Finally, the users will get a QR code on the registered email ID, which needs to be scanned. For this it is necessary that your email id is correct. You can check or update the email ID by downloading the carrier’s respective apps – Airtel Thanks App, Vi App and MyJio App.

Advantages and Disadvantages of eSIM

There is no guarantee that eSIM gives better connectivity, but it does save you the hassle of going to the store to get a new SIM card. The biggest drawback of eSIM is that if you switch devices frequently, you cannot simply remove the SIM card and insert it inside the new phone, for this you will have to redo the entire activation process.

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