9mobile Follows on the heels MTN, Unveils e-SIM Technology for Flexible Connectivity
9mobile today (Wednesday) becomes the second Nigerian telecoms network to launch the eSIM technology following on the heels of the market leader, MTN Nigeria who blazed the e-SIM innovation a few weeks ago.
The 9mobile embedded subscriber identity module (e-SIM technology) announcement came via a press release, describes the concept as a software-based digital chip that comes along with a device directly embedded by the manufacturer. “eSIM replaces the traditional physical plastic SIM card for compatible devices and brings a whole new spectrum of benefits and possibilities” the statement said.
9mobile’s Acting Director, Marketing, Layi Onafowokan, in the statement made available to the media, explained that the eSIM launch is the latest move by the company to deliver to its customers the most excellent experience that advanced technology provides.
On how customers can acquire the eSIM, Onafowokan said, “Customers can walk into any of our select 9mobile Experience Centres to request an eSIM activation. A QR code will be provided to scan and download an eSIM profile and perform the usual SIM registration.”
He explained that eSIM enables multiple usage and adaptation of one subscriber profile across a broad range of mobile communication devices, internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications including smart commuting, metering, tracking, and surveillance, rather than the restricted single-device use of the conventional SIM card.
Onafowokan’s submission in the statement is similar to Mazen Mroue, Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria’s declaration while addressing the media at the MTN eSIM e-launch on ZOOM a fortnight ago.
The MTN Nigeria top brass had claimed, “We are in a fast-paced digital age with new technological advancements driving the constantly changing landscape” Against this backdrop, “customers depend on us to provide high quality, reliable and easy-to-use connectivity solutions”, Mroue added.
To encourage quick adoption of the new eSIM, 9Mobile in its statement further disclosed that customers that activate 9mobile’s eSIM service will enjoy up to 7GB data-free while those who want to change to an eSIM will only do a SIM swap at the select Experience Centre. “Those who purchase a new phone and want to swap back to regular SIM have no problems as they will get a physical SIM card at the 9mobile Experience Centre”.
“All compatible mobile devices including but not limited to iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR; Samsung S20 Series, Google Pixel 3, 3XL, Pixel 4, 4XL can immediately activate this exciting e-SIM on the 9mobile network”, 9Mobile added.