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An embedded-SIM (eSIM), or embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC), is a form of programmable SIM that is embedded directly into a device.

 Embedded SIM (e-SIM) is the next step in the evolution of Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM cards). They are designed to deliver unprecedented freedom and flexibility. Unlike the physical SIM, you do not need to insert an eSIM into your phone as it is already built into your smartphone, device or wearable. 

Benefits of eSIM

  • e-SIMs allow you have more than one phone number associated to your smart device. They particularly useful for people who want to manage personal and business lines.
  • The possibility of losing or damaging your SIM is reduced because it is built into your device.
  • You no longer have to deal with cutting SIM cards or finding adapters.
  • It is extremely convenient for frequent travelers, making it easier to switch between network operators.

List of Mobile networks that support eSIM in Nigeria

Currently in Nigeria, we only have two telecommunication operators that support the use of eSIM, MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile. MTN Nigeria eSIM was launched in July 2020, while 9Mobile was launched early August 2020.

  • MTN Nigeria
  • 9mobile

List of Phones in Nigeria with eSIM support

Below is a list of compatible devices or phones that support eSIM in Nigeria without the use of third-party applications.

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE
  • 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  • XS, XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Ultra 5g
  • Note  20+
  • Fold LTE model
  • Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy S20, s20+ and S20 Ultra (Single SIM Nano-SIM and/or eSIM models )
  • Huawei P40 and P40 Pro
  • Nuu Mobile X5
  • Google Pixel 3 & 3XL ( Limited support )
  • Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Lenovo Yoga 630
  • HP Spectre Folio
  • iPad Air (3rd Generation)
  • Pro (3rd Generation)
  • iPad Mini (5th Generation)
  • Gemini PDA

How does the eSIM work in Nigeria?

The eSIM was globally launched in 2016. It is considered the next generation of SIM cards after Nano SIMs which were launched in 2012.

The eSIM works just like a second SIM card if you were having a device with two SIM slots. It provides you with a second phone number without buying another SIM card, all you have to do is activate it with your account profile and you are up and running. Phones and Networks that support eSIM in Nigeria. During the first step of the activation process, compatible phones are used to scan a QR code assigned to the eSIM.

How To Register and Activate MTN eSIM in Nigeria

The MTN eSIM in Nigeria is said to a trial that will run for 365 days and it is open on a first come first served basis to a restricted number of subscribers who own compatible devices. To register the MTN eSim you will have to visit any of the MTN stores you know, and the activation process would follow at the store. To use eSim cards, it first has to be activated on your phone. The activation has to be done in an MTN store by a customer care agent. According to MTN, the process is done at no cost to the subscriber.

Once the device is certified compatible with the MTN eSim, an account profile is created for the subscriber and the agents complete the integration process with the user.

Once the integration is completed, a customer will find that using the virtual card is basically the same as using the current sim. There are new additions though. While physical sim cards can store up to 200 contacts, MTN eSim cards can store more than 200 contacts.

How To Activate and Use 9Mobile Nigeria eSIM

The whole process of getting the 9Mobile eSIM is similar to that of MTN, customers can walk into any of our select 9mobile Experience Centres to request an eSIM activation, following that a QR code will be provided to scan and download an eSIM profile and perform the usual SIM registration.

Customers that walk into any 9Mobile Experience Centre and activate the eSIM and you should get up to 7GB free worth of data. If you already have the traditional SIM card and you want to replace it with an eSIM, you only need to do a SIM swap.

How to activate eSIM on Apple iPhones

Follow these steps to activate eSIM on your iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max.

  1. First, you need to get the QR code from a customer care agent of your network provider.
  2. Go to Settings>Cellular.
  3. Tap add a cellular plan.
  4. Scan the QR code which you received from the customer care agent
  5. If you’re asked to enter a confirmation code to activate the eSIM, enter the number provided with the QR code.

How to activate eSIM on Android phones

  1. Using a QR code scanner App
  2. Scan your eSIM QR code
  3. Touch the Cell Plan Detected notification when it appears.
  4. Press Continue at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Touch Add a cell plan.
  6. If you are prompted for a confirmation code to activate the eSIM card, enter the number provided by your operator.

How to activate eSIM on Android phones using SIMO App in Nigeria

SIMO is an app that helps users easily connect to their eSIM. List of phones you can download and use SIMO on for MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile eSIM on in Nigeria TECNO Camon 12 Pro, TECNO Camon 12, Infinix Hot 9 series, and Infinix Note 7.

  1. Open SIMO.
  2. Set eSIM profile up.
  3. Click “Connect” to get online.
  4. Buy Data. Choose the plan that works best.
  5. Get Support. Get support within SIMO.

Benefits of Using eSIM in Nigeria

  • It stores multiple cellular profiles and hence it works seamlessly across the world.
  • You no longer have to deal with cutting SIM cards or finding adapters.
  • No specific slot is required, unlike SIM cards.
  • There is no possibility to lose the card as it is tied to the device itself.
  • It provides the same level of security as a removable SIM card.
  • It is easier to switch between network operators.

eSIM Nigeria Questions and Answers

What is an eSIM?

An eSIM is easily described as a digital SIM that enables users to activate a cellular plan from your carrier without having to use a physical SIM.

Is eSIM available in Nigeria?

Yes, eSIM is available in Nigeria and was firstly launched by MTN Nigeria.

Which phones support eSIM in Nigeria?

Currently, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 4 all support the use of eSIM in Nigeria.

Which mobile networks in Nigeria support the use of eSIM?

MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile are currently the only telecommunication companies that support eSIM in Nigeria.

Do I require data to download my eSIM profile?

Yes, your smartphone will need to be connected to a data network to download the eSIM profile.

Is eSIM better than physical SIM?

eSIM can’t be physically damaged or lost.

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