Vodafone Idea has finally launched its eSIM technology support in India. After months of speculations and delaying the launch due to the pandemic, the company yesterday released the new “No-Physical Sim” connectivity technology in the country.
As of now, the rollout is still being processed in phases. So, the existing users can expect the service to be available on limited devices and in limited circles. However, the telecom has assured that the services will be made available for the remaining country sooner than expected.
An eSIM connection is a next step in the evolution of Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM cards). Opposite to a physical SIM, the user does not need to insert an eSIM into their phones. The subscription of the new facility will be in-built into your smartphone, device, and wearable.
The service is quite useful for the iPhone users who miss out on the dual sim slot in their devices. And allows you to have more than one phone number associated with your smart device. This gives them the freedom to manage both business and personal lines simultaneously.
Vodafone Idea eSIM Connection Availability
According to the latest statement from Vodafone Idea, users can avail of the latest services in limited circles including metro cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, and Gujarat. Also, the company has shared a list of the compatible devices with which users can sign up for a new sim connection.
These devices include Apple segments including iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone SE. Adding to the line up of Apple, Samsung’s foldable smartphones (Galaxy Fold/Galaxy Z Flip) could also be expected shortly.
How to sign up for Vodafone Idea eSIM
If you’re living in any of the above-mentioned cities and have an Apple smart device, you can easily sign up for an eSIM connection. Firstly, for existing users, you will be required to have an activate postpaid plan for your number. If not, you can recharge your number with any of the currently available plans.
Secondly, you will need to check whether your email address is associated with your phone number or not. If yes, then submit the SMS Verification process by sending ‘eSIM (email address)’ to 199. A confirmation message will be sent to your email address in consideration of your eSIM connection.
This confirmation message will contain a one-time use QR code in it which you have to keep ready. Then, on your iPhone, go to Settings> Mobile Data> Add Data Plan> Scan QR code. Now, scan the QR code sent on your mail address and your eSIM services will be activated.
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For users who haven’t linked their mail address with Vodafone Idea servers, you can simply verify your account by sending send ‘email (email address)’ to 199. A confirmation message will be sent to your phone number against which you will be required to reply ‘ESIMY’.
Vodafone Idea has also made the eSIM services on its physical stores. Both new or existing users can visit a nearby Vodafone Idea service center with their respective documents and submit their application for a new eSIM connection. The company claims its service activation within 2 hours of a QR code scan.