- Airtel has announced that its eSIM will be compatible with iPhone XS, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR
- Apart from iPhones, it will also be compatible with Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, 3a and Pixel 3a XL
In 2018, for the first time, Apple started offering dual SIM options to its iPhone users. Now unlike all the other smartphone manufacturers out there, Apple did it differently and kept the SIM slot intact and went on to introduce a new eSIM on the phone to allow dual SIM usage. The eSIM stands for embedded SIM, and as the name suggests, it comes soldered right onto the motherboard of the phone. This makes the eSIM non-removable from the device, and unlike a standard SIM card which can only work with a single carrier, the eSIM can be linked to any carrier and can facilitate easy connection. Currently, we know that in India, Bharti Airtel is one of the telecom operators offering eSIMs and these eSIMs from Airtel are known to be compatible with iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
eSIM Working on Phones Explained
It is also crucial to know how the eSIMs operator in order to understand how Airtel subscribers using these devices will be able to benefit from it. The eSIM, as we mentioned above, comes embedded right onto the motherboard of the phone and it also comes with unique identifiers like the ISMIs similar to the standard SIM cards. The built-in antenna on the device uses Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) radio to connect with the network and stores the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) which routes and diverts the call to the Watch in case the phone of the user is unreachable. The advantage of the eSIM is that it remains flexible from carrier to carrier and can be paired with any network. Using the eSIM, the users will be able to carry out normal calling, SMS, data access and more.
Advantages and Drawbacks of eSIM
It is worth noting that, firstly, the eSIM technology was introduced in Apple Watch, and then the technology followed to other Apple products like the iPhone XS, XS Max and the XR. Even during the time of the launch of Apple Watch in India, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel remained the only two service providers supporting the Apple Watch on their network.
There are some distinct advantages to the eSIM, and it is the next step from the standard SIM card. There is also the fact that having an eSIM would mean fewer chances of water damage and hardware wear since there won’t be any SIM tray meaning no opening and closing and hence one less point of failure. For the telecom operators, it would mean that they won’t have to manufacture and distribute a large number of SIM cards. With that being said, because of being a relatively new technology, there is less support for eSIMs in the market right now and it is one drawback of the new technology
Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.