What is eSIM; Know how to get it; See the benefits and drawbacks - pros and cons explained

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Nov 23, 2020, 04:22 PM IST

Have you heard about eSIM? Do you know what is eSIM? In this day and age when everything is being converted into an electronic format instead of keeping it in a physical form, the humble eSIM comes to the fore. Riding the wave is the telecom industry which has started giving eSIMs. So, you should also know if there are benefits and disadvantages or drawbacks too. Pic Credit: Reuters

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Download eSIM

The customers can now download the eSIM directly in their smartphones. Yes, that means there is no need to use a physical SIM in your mobile phones. Pic Credit: Reuters

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Reliance Jio to Bharti Airtel Provide eSIM

Telecom companies like Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are giving eSIM facilities to the subscribers. Pic Credit: Reuters 

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Benefits of eSIM - Some benefits are: 

  1. The eSIM is beneficial for those who travel around the world. If you are travelling abroad, you can purchase eSIM in a matter of minute. If you have a physical sim, then to change it you will be required to visit the store. This is not only time taking but also has a lot of hassles. 
  2. You will not be required to us the SIM tray of your smartphones with eSIMs.  
  3. There is no danger of SIM getting lost or damaged. Pic Credit: Reuters 

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Disadvantages of eSIM - Some disadvantages are:  

The eSIMs are slightly expensive than the conventional SIMs. 
There are only selected smartphones that support eSIMS. Pic Credit: Reuters

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How to get eSIM  

If you want to apply for eSIM of Vodafone Idea network, you need a postpaid connection. If you already have a postpaid connection, then you can get your physical SIM converted into eSIM. This service is currently available for states like Maharashtra, Delhi Gujarat, Goa. 
The procedure for Vodafone Idea and Jio eSIMs is similar. You are required to visit companies’ stores and fill the KYC form. Pic Credit: Reuters

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You need to have eSIM supporting device. Pic Credit: Reuters