Safaricom recently launched its e-SIM and this will relieve its customers from having to carry with them the tangible SIM cards.
While the news comes as a big step in the right direction, not all Safaricom customers will be able to switch to the e-SIM service as the service is only available on a few select compatible devices.
As it stands now, the Safaricom e-SIM service is only available on a select range of iPhone and Samsung devices.
An e-SIM is a virtual Sim card embedded in smart devices including phones, tablets and wearables, and can connect to a network operator offering e-SIM services. It works the same way as a traditional SIM card, but a physical Sim card is not needed to use it.
Safaricom becomes the second telecommunications company in Kenya to introduce e-Sim technology after Jamii Telecommunications Limited (JTL) that rolled out the service for its subscribers on its Faiba network in January 2021.
Below is a list of phones that are compatible with Safariom e-Sim technology
List of Smartphones that support safaricom e-SIM technology
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 12
- IPhone SE 2020
- Samsung Galaxy S21,
- Samsung Galaxy S20,
- Samsung Z Fold 2
- Samsung galaxy Note 20
How to activate Safraricom e-Sim on your smartphone
Safaricom customers who posses any of the above listed smartphones that support e-Sim technology can activate the e-Sim technology on their smartphones by visiting the nearest Safaricom shop to transfer data from their physical Sim card to an e-Sim.
Make sure to carry your Identification Card or Passport with you.
All your biashara and personal lines can now be managed on one device. Better yet, you don’t have to switch physical SIM cards! Switch to #SafaricomEsim at a Safaricom shop near you. Available on select devices. #TwendeTukiuke pic.twitter.com/Nm3FtJnHj5
— Safaricom PLC (@SafaricomPLC) June 8, 2021
Importance of e-SIM
One big Importance of an e-Sim is that e-Sims are eco-friendly and reduce waste. An e-Sim also allows you to have more than one phone number (SIMs) on a device.
With an e-Sim you do not need to worry about losing or damaging your SIM card as it is tied to the device itself. It is also ideal for frequent travelers for they can easily switch network providers as they travel.