On Wednesday MTN Nigeria became the first mobile network provider in Nigeria in Nigeria following approvals from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
With e-SIM (virtual SIM), inserting a physical SIM into phones is not be required, as it is already built into smartphone, device or wearable unlike the physical SIM.
According to the telecommunication giant, the launch is for a trial period of one year is open on a first come first served basis to a limited number of subscribers who own compatible devices.
The Chief Transformation Officer at MTN Nigeria, Bayo Adekanmbi said that e-SIM comes with “more security & possibilities of e-innovations.”
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According to the information available on MTN Nigeria website, e-SIM offers the user higher flexibility in having different numbers for business and personal life as well provide convenience for frequent travelers.
Interested participants for the trial are advised to visit MTN stores.
The e-SIM service is compatible only with some selected devices as listed below
Brand Compatible Phones
Google Pixel 3, 3 XL; Pixel 4, 4 XL
Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max; iPhone XS, XS Max; iPhone XR
Samsung Samsung S20 Series
e-SIM is not a new service, although it is an evolving technology. It has been in use in several countries including; the U.S, U.K, Hungary, India, Spain, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, South Africa.