eSIM cards – The next big thing after notch-display ?

In the final post of #MyFriendAlexa series, I am going to touch a Tech topic. Its been a while since I have written something about tech. When hitechup was operational, it was a routine affair for me. Anyways, in this post, I am going to talk about eSIM cards.

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Representation of eSIM cards

So, what is an eSIM card? eSIM card stands for embedded SIM (Subscriber Identity Module). It replaces your physical SIM cards. Though this technology is still at its nascent stage, it may become the talk of the town, like notch displays. The concept of notch display became mainstream with the launch of iPhone X.

 

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Notch Display (iPhone X)

An eSIM card is an integrated chip that is embedded in the device and cannot be removed from the device. It is formally known as Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC). It is a re-writable chip and is equipped with M2M (Machine to Machine) and Remote Provisioning capabilities.  This feature eliminates the requirement of plastic SIM cards.

Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of eSIM cards:

  • With the removal of the SIM slot, phones will become thinner. This will make the device more resistant to water and dust.
  • It is going to be a boon for International travellers. They can easily switch to a local network.
  • IoT (Internet of Things) and wearable devices with eSIM facility can easily connect to the cellular network.

It would be interesting to see whether eSIM cards become the trending topic of the smartphone industry or not. Only two service providers support eSIM cards in India – Airtel and Jio.

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  1. Pretty interesting… I wonder how soon will this technology be available in the Indian market.

    1. In India, both Airtel and Jio offering this service. Limited handsets support it

  2. Wow, that’s an interesting thing. It will revolutionise the mobile phone industry. As you said international travellers will benefit a lot and also phones will become more resistant to water and dust. Looking forward to having this technology in India soon.

    1. It is present. Hope the manufacturers and service providers work on it.

  3. Seems interesting. Looking forward to this unique change soon.

    1. No more SIM changes

  4. That must be very convenient. Thanks for sharing the information.

    1. Thanks for your kind words

    • Dr. Surbhi Prapanna on September 24, 2018 at 22:18
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    This is really great piece of information. it is a brillent technolgy and I had never heard about this before. thanks for sharing. #surbhireads

    1. Thank You for your kind words

  5. I had a lot of doubts regarding this.
    Thank you so so much for clearing them.
    Now I am confident about this new concept.

    1. Thanks for the kind words.

  6. Wow interesting to know!

  7. I personally am not comfortable with this idea! If the service is bad, will we have a choice to port?

    1. The technology is still evolving. Presently, only two operators support it.

  8. quite an information about the latest technology.

    1. Thank You

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