Jio begins eSIM activation for iPhone XR, XS, XS Max

By Vignesh Giridharan | Published on 05 Nov 2018

The activation process for a Jio eSIM will require a visit either to a Jio store or a Reliance Digital outlet.

Jio begins eSIM activation for iPhone XR, XS, XS Max

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Yes, the new iPhones from Apple support dual-SIM connectivity but Apple’s implementation of it is slightly different. Unlike most other smartphones out there, where dual-SIM connectivity simply involves inserting two active SIM cards into the device’s SIM card slot, the new iPhones require the primary SIM to be a physical card (of nano-SIM size) and the secondary to be an eSIM.

Soon after the launch of the new iPhones in September, that is the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max, Apple announced that Airtel and Jio would be the only carriers providing eSIM service in India for the moment and that more carriers would follow in the future. The eSIM feature was enabled on the iPhones with the iOS 12.1 update very recently. According to FoneArena, those wishing to use a Jio eSIM on their new iPhone need simply visit a Jio store or a Reliance Digital outlet to complete the activation process.

Current Jio users wishing to trade in their old physical SIM card for an eSIM may also visit a Jio store or a Reliance Digital outlet, where they will be expected to scan a QR code and submit their iPhone’s IMEI. The activation of the new eSIM should take a few hours. The plans users are subscribed to on Jio will remain the same whether the SIM is a physical card or an eSIM. Airtel, on the other hand, which has had an eSIM option for some time now, has reportedly suspended the service for the moment.

Though Apple has chosen to implement the eSIM system for iPhones sold in India, it plans to release regional versions of the iPhone XS models that support two physical SIM cards in China and other countries where eSIM is not yet available. Apple’s decision to include dual-SIM connectivity in iPhones could easily be attributed to the fact that most other smartphones in the market today already feature it. To add to it, mobile carriers like Jio are regularly offering numerous new data and call plans at attractive rates.

Vignesh Giridharan

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