Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel’s CEO, Gopal Vittal, stressed the importance of carrying an embedded SIM, or e-SIM as opposed to a physical one. He explained the ease of services and numerous benefits an e-SIM has over the soon-to-be-redundant physical SIMs. Vitthal expressed his views in a mail sent to Airtel subscribers urging the users to upgrade to e-SIMs. One of the most important advantages of e-SIM is tracking stolen smartphones, as there’s no physical SIM to discard.
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Unless the transfer of e-SIMs between devices is seamless, I’d never be all-in on e-SIMs. It’s not just because I use multiple devices, but it leaves one stranded even in case of a phone conking off.
The Airtel honcho’s mailer further illustrates the significance of an embedded SIM. He writes that even as modern gadgets are all interconnected, including mobiles, watches, etc., an eSIM facilitates seamless connectivity. As the eSIM is registered on all these devices, you won’t miss your phone while jogging. Your watch would just do fine. He also explains how a single e-SIM can be used on multiple mobiles, should you choose to.
In an Airtel blog, the company explains the pros and cons of an e-SIM. The pros include easier activation, switching between networks with fewer taps, and saving space on the gadget. This saved space in the device allows the manufacturer to add extra features, including improved battery, faster CPU, etc. The cons of an e-SIM include difficulty switching the eSIM to other devices. For now, the eSIM is only available on high end premium phones.
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