In the ever-evolving world of telecommunications, the concept of eSIM has emerged as a revolutionary innovation. Unlike traditional SIM cards, eSIMs are embedded directly into the device, eliminating the need for a physical card. This advancement has brought convenience and flexibility to mobile connectivity, particularly in India. But it can also proved detrimental to frequent device changers.
In India, three major telecom operators offer eSIM support: Airtel, Jio, and Vi. Each operator has its own unique policies regarding eSIM compatibility and activation processes. Here’s an overview:
Airtel eSIM: Seamless Connectivity for Prepaid and Postpaid Phone Users But Watch support only for Postpaid
Phone: Airtel, one of India’s leading telecom providers, extends eSIM support to both prepaid and postpaid customers as far as smartphones are concerned. To activate an Airtel eSIM, users need to send an SMS containing “eSIM registered email ID” to 121. Upon receiving a confirmation message, they’ll receive a QR code on their registered email address, which needs to be scanned on their eSIM-compatible device.
However, strangely, when it comes to smartwatches, Airtel only extends eSIM support to postpaid customers. Prepaid customers are out of luck.
Jio eSIM: Embracing Digital Transformation for Prepaid and Postpaid Connections
Jio, another prominent telecom player in India, has also embraced eSIM technology for both prepaid and postpaid subscribers. To activate a Jio eSIM, users simply need to send an SMS containing “GETESIM” to 199. They’ll receive a QR code on their registered email address, which can be scanned on their eSIM-compatible device to complete the activation process.
Jio doesn’t discriminate between its postpaid & prepaid users even for smartwatches.
Vi eSIM: Postpaid-Exclusive eSIM Experience
Vi, formerly known as Vodafone Idea, offers eSIM support exclusively for postpaid customers, that too in select states. To activate a Vi eSIM, users need to send an SMS containing “eSIM registered email ID” to 199. Similar to Airtel and Jio, they’ll receive a QR code on their registered email address, which can be scanned on their eSIM-compatible device for activation.
Unsurprisingly, eSIM access for smartwatches is also restricted to postpaid users in the same select states.
Device Compatibility: Ensuring eSIM Functionality
eSIM compatibility is crucial for enjoying the benefits of this technology. Fortunately, a wide range of smartphones support eSIM, including Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxy devices, Google Pixel phones, and certain select Motorola & Vivo devices.