Just as some smartphone manufacturers did away with removable phone batteries, the arrival of eSIM capability spells the beginning of the end for traditional plastic SIM cards.

Vodafone first launched eSIM for smartwatches back in 2017 and we’re now expanding to smartphones and tablets.

But what is eSIM, and what does it mean for you? Here are the key things you need to know about eSIM technology:

What is an eSIM?

eSIM stands for ‘embedded SIM’, meaning it’s a SIM card built into your device. It eliminates the need for a physical SIM card and instead allows you to activate your eligible device on your chosen network by downloading an eSIM profile.

What does that mean for me?

eSIM is a jump in technology and a far cry from the days of needing to determine what size SIM card your device will accept.

For years, a physical SIM card has been the handshake between you and your telco allowing you to access and use their mobile network.

eSIM eliminates the need to physically remove your SIM card making it easier to swap networks or and have multiple plans on the one device.

For now, eSIM enabled smartphones will include both a physical SIM card and an eSIM, essentially making your smartphone a dual SIM device. This means you can have both a primary and secondary service on your device, like a work and personal number, giving you more flexibility and convenience to use your phone the way you want.

How does Vodafone’s eSIM work?

When you purchase an eSIM enabled smartphone or tablet from Vodafone – online, in store or our call centre, you’ll have the option to use your eSIM as a secondary plan on your device or as a replacement for your physical SIM. choice is yours!

If you select eSIM, you will receive a QR code via email along with a confirmation code that is sent to your phone via SMS. Scan your QR code, type in your confirmation code and away you go. For more information about how to activate your eSIM, visit the Vodafone website.

We currently support eSIM across a range of smartphone and tablet devices including eligible iPhone and iPad models, Samsung Galaxy Fold and select Google Pixels, as well as Apple & Samsung Wearables. To find out more about all the devices we support and how to get started head to the Vodafone website or go into store.

What does eSIM mean for the future of smartphones?

The telco industry is in the early stages of realising the full potential of eSIM technology.

In the future, we will most likely see the physical SIM card removed all together. What’s exciting is that this spare space could give mobile device manufacturers extra room to really revolutionise product design even further – and you thought smartphones and tablets are thin and light now!

This is just the beginning – we’re excited to launch the eSIM capability and look forward to seeing how it will continue to innovate over time.

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