The pace of tech in Africa is well catching up with the rest of the world as MTN known for always taking a step further in the telecommunication industry launching eSIM support for iPhones and Samsung devices.
Good news for those who might want to take advantage of this feature and the telecom giant has released a statement about the new feature stating “The digital journey of MTN customers takes another leap forward with the addition of embedded SIM (eSIM) connections on selected smartphones this month and the inclusion of eSIM connections for selected Apple smartwatches from 15 December 2020.”
While this is a good news, it’s not the first time MTN will be going this route as the support was experimented last year when it release the support on the Galaxy Watch and the outcome of this trial is what possibly prompted this new roll out.
As of now, the MTN eSIM is now supported on about 8 Samsung Galaxy phones as well as a couple of iPhone devices. Below is a list of devices which are currently being supported
MTN eSIM for iPhone devices
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE 2
- iPad 7
- iPad 8
MTN eSIM for Samsung devices
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy S20+
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
- iPhone 12 – November 2020
- Galaxy S30 series – March 2021
Despite its listed availability date of November 2020, the iPhone is still not listed on MTN’s website. But even the future “Galaxy S30” series have been listed even though that name isn’t even official yet.
With the new feature in the MTN network, customers will be able to store up multiple profiles on a single device even if they have multiple lines. Also being able to switch from different numbers can be done seamlessly.
“This is ideal for anyone who may require an additional number for travel or business. You can store multiple contract profiles on a single device, switching between them with ease to manage your lifestyle,” said MTN executive for corporate affairs Jacqui O’Sullivan.
“The eSIM is not only built into smartphones, but also wearable devices at the point of manufacture.”
“Customers are then able to sync their wearables to other mobile devices, sharing the same number and contract value, whereby they can send and receive messages, notifications and calls on their eSim wearable even when their mobile device isn’t within range,” O’Sullivan added.
The tech landscape in Africa is fast changing and with better technology in place, this is definitely making life much easier for consumers at large.