Tag: Smart Phones

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.

Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play launched in India, prices starts at ₹ 11,999

Lenovo-owned Motorola has finally introduced the successor to the Moto G5 series by launching the sixth-generation of Moto G smartphone series in India. The company has launched the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play smartphones in India.

Pricing and availability

The Moto G6 Play is priced at ₹ 11,999 and will go on sale via Flipkart. Prices for the Moto G6 starts at ₹ 13,999 and will go on sale via Amazon. The 3GB + 32GB variant of the Moto G6 is priced at ₹ 13,999 and the 4GB + 64GB variant is priced at ₹ 15,999. Both the smartphones will on sale starting midnight tonight. These handsets will also be available across all the Moto Hubs.

Specifications

Moto G6

Source : Motorola website

The Moto G6 sports a 5.7inch Full HD+ bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ration and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor with 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GBor 64 GB internal storage. The storage can be topped up by another 128GB via microSD card. The handset runs on Android 8.0 Oreo.

The Moto G6 sports a dual rear camera setup at the back – 12MP primary and 5 MP secondary with dual tone LED flash. On the front, it has got an 8MP selfie camera with LED flash. The handset packs a 3,000mAh battery and supports TurboCharge. Other features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and USB Type – C.

Moto G6 Play

Source : Flipkart

The Moto G6 Play sports a 5.7inch Full HD+ display bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The storage capacity can be topped up by another 128GB via microSD card. The handset runs on Android 8.0 Oreo.

The Moto G6 Play features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front-facing camera. The handset packs a 4,000mAh battery and supports TurboCharge. Other features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and USB Type – C.

Mobile Safety Tips : Safeguard your device

Mobile Phones have become an indispensable part of our lives. They are not only used for calling and texting but also used for listening to Music, playing games, taking pictures and to stay connected to the internet on the go. We all love our devices but we need to follow some Mobile safety rules to safeguard our devices either from being stolen or from becoming targets of malicious attacks.

Install Security Software : Just like you install AntiVirus to safeguard your PC; your mobile phone also requires a good AntiVirus to prevent it from being viruses and malicious attacks.

Install Apps from trusted sources : Avoid downloading Apps (apparently malicious apps) from un-approved app-stores. Mobile App Stores such as Google Play and the Apple App Store are tightly curated to minimize the likelihood of malware in posted apps.

Keep your device locked : Keep your keypad locked with a secret PIN or code. Enable PIN(PIN1)/PIN2/PUK(PUK1)/PUK2 Code on your device to prevent misuse of your SIM card and device. Always check out default PIN code from your Service Provider because you need to change this code to a code of your choice, to prevent unauthorised access to your SIM card (for PIN/PIN1). Make sure you remember this code. PIN2 code gives you the options like call barring or fixed dialling. This enables you to modify your telephone numbers and you will be allowed to make calls only on those numbers. In case, you enter the wrong PIN/PIN1 code thrice in a row. You will need to enter the PUK code. Get in touch with your operator, to obtain the PUK code because if you enter the wrong PUK code 9 times, then your SIM will be de-activated and you need a replacement SIM. PUK2 code allows you to unlock your SIM if you have entered the wrong PIN2 code thrice in a row. However, if you fail to enter the correct PUK2 code, the services towards your SIM card won’t be barred but you won’t be able to enjoy Call barring and fixed dialling facilities.

Maintain Backups : It is recommended that you regularly take a backup of the data which is present on your Phone.

What if you lost your Mobile Phone ?

Get in touch with your service your service provider and ask them to block all the services towards your SIM card to prevent unauthorised access. Then, contact your nearest Police Station and lodge an FIR for the same with complete details like, Make and Model of your Handset, IMEI number, location (where you lost your Handset) and your contact details and insist for an acknowledgement. Now, obtain a duplicate SIM card from your Service Provider by showing them the acknowledgement. It is recommended that you activate the Mobile Tracker feature on your phone (may depend on your handset) as it helps to track down your device. Once, you enable this feature you will be notified on SIM change via SMS.

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