This post is about the newly launched MTN eSIM but first, Let us talk about SIM cards, Subscriber Identification Module as the full name, it’s that small chip you have to put in your phone which identifies you as a subscriber of a network and and enables you to make phone calls and send messages among other things.
SIM cards have evolved from huge full credit card size SIMs in 1991. This was the first form factor. 5 years later in 1996, we got the Mini SIM aka the regular SIM which we had with our bulky Nokia 3310 back in the day, they were usually cut from that big credit card sized card and this became the standard SIM and 2nd form factor. In fact this is where the next 2 were being cut from.
2003 saw the introduction of the Micro SIM. Same thickness as the normal standard sim but much smaller in footprint. It wasn’t until 2010 that it was widely adopted.
This was around the iPhone 4 era which in fact was the first smartphone to use a microSIM, this was the 3rd form factor..
2 Years later in 2012, the nano SIM, the 4th form factor was introduced, on the 11th of October in 2012, It was a little bit less as thick and it was so small it was almost just the chip. Well in 2016, the eSIM or embedded sim was announced.
What is eSIM
It’s just a chip embedded directly inside of your smartphone right from the manufacturing process.It doesn’t require any physical card and you can add or remove operators at will. That is why we’re here today.
The eSIM is in fact a substitute for an actual physical plastic SIM card. If your smartphone supports it, you’ll only need to just add your SIM profile to your phone and it’s the same as having a normal sim just no card.
The differences between the eSIM and the normal SIM
The main differences between the eSIM and the normal SIM card is that now you don’t have a physical sim to worry about, it only a reprogrammable logical profile on your smartphone.
A regular SIM card holds one profile for the customer but an eSIM enables multiple profiles for the customer which is a better advantage.
Also there’s the fact that technology is evolving and now with an eSIM you have your SIM profile on things like smartwatches, cars, your computer it’s just better and in fact with the same eSIM profile, you can enable it to work on multiple devices,
This is not the same for a regular plastic physical SIM. It’s just 1 sim and 1 device, a phone.
How To register or get MTN eSIM?
First off today. To get a normal SIM, you have to go and physically buy a plastic card, in order to join the network, that card will of course only work with your 1 device.
With an eSIM, you’ll only need to get your eSIM activation voucher linked with your existing profile or the new one you have created, scan a QR code, download your profile and install on any of your supported devices and bam, you’re done. Of course you’ll have to register it.
List of Phone that support MTN eSIM
So, what are the supported devices you may ask, right now MTN eSIM is available to:
Google Pixel 3
iPhone XS Max
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
Samsung S20 Ultra
Of course there are many smartphones that support it and if you bought a device which does, you can simply head to an MTN store to get started.
For smartwatches as well. Huawei’s Watch, Apple Watch and even my Galaxy Watch, among many others….great times
Ahead ahead really in the mobile communications space in Nigeria right now. I’m really looking forward to this. In terms of implementation, MTN is working closely with the NCC on this, the Nigerian Communications Commission, they have jointly agreed to a 1 year trial with a limited number of eSIMS.
Subject to either a review, an extension or even an outright approval. What do you guys think about eSIMs, especially MTN’s eSIM being launched first in Nigeria.
Would you get one, let me know your thoughts you can comment on Secion