Nepal Telecom to Launch eSIM in Nepal Soon

Nepal Telecom is currently testing the eSIM service in Nepal. Following the test, the state-owned telecom service provider is planning to launch the eSIM very soon for the general public.

press release announcing that it has signed a contract with Monty UK Global Limited to provide the necessary platform for making eSIM service available to NTC customers.

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What are the advantages of eSIM?

As the eSIM is embedded into a mobile device, there is no need to insert or replace a physical SIM card into a device. The eSIM also makes it easier to switch networks as it can be done digitally.

The eSIM allows the user to have more than one phone number. For example, iPhone users with eSIM will now be able to have two phone numbers in a single device: one physical SIM card and one eSIM.

The eSIM also takes significantly less space than a SIM tray. So, manufacturers can use the space for other components. This is the reason even small devices such as IoT and wearables can support cellular.

Telecom companies do not have to manufacture physical SIM cards because customers can connect to cellular networks digitally. This reduces plastic waste as well as physical damage to the SIM.

What are the disadvantages of eSIM?

Although users can change the service provider or an eSIM profile (phone number) digitally, the users are not in control of the process.

With a traditional SIM card, users could simply swap the card, but with the eSIM, users need to contact the service provider.

Also, you can no longer save the contact information on the SIM card. And, there may be some circumstances when you need to temporarily use the SIM card on another phone. With the eSIM, it’s not going to be that simple.

What devices support eSIM in Nepal?

As said earlier, to be able to use the eSIM feature, customers need to make sure that their device is also compatible.

The latest flagship smartphones from Samsung and Apple support eSIM. Samsung devices including the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, S22+, S22, Z Fold 3, and Z Flip 3, S21 series, S20 Ultra, S20+, and S20 support eSIM. However, there are different variants, so some variants may not support it.

support eSIM. But if your iPhone is from Mainland China, it may not be compatible with eSIM.

And only the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation), and iPhone XS from Hong Kong or Macau feature eSIM.

Huawei P40 Pro also supports eSIM. There are a few more Huawei, Sony, Oppo, Google, and Motorola phones that feature eSIM but are not available in Nepal officially.

Aside from iPhones, Apple iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular models also support eSIM, except for the Chinese variants. These models include iPad mini (5th generation and later), iPad (7th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad Pro 11-inch (all generations), and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later).

Smartwatches including Apple Watch GPS + Cellular models (Watch 3 and later) and Samsung Galaxy Watch GPS + 3G/LTE (Gear S2 and later) also support eSIM. The cellular versions of these watches, however, are not yet officially available in Nepal.

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