Embedded-SIM known as eSim is now available in Nigeria, according to an announcement by Africa’s largest mobile operator, MTN. e-SIM will provide the same functionalities as a physical SIM card.

MTN has become the first mobile telecom operator to introduce the eSIM service in Nigeria and indeed West Africa.

eSIM is a small chip that’s used to authenticate your identity with your carrier. Unlike the physical SIM, you do not need to insert an eSIM into your phone as it is already built into your smartphone, device, or wearable. No physical SIM cards are involved and no physical swapping required if you want to change your network.

The information on an eSIM is rewritable, which means that you can decide to change your operator with a simple phone call.

Benefits of MTN eSIM

  • e-SIMs allow you to have more than one phone number associated with your smart device. They are particularly useful for people who want to manage personal and business lines.
  • The possibility of losing or damaging your SIM is reduced because it is built into your device.
  • You no longer have to deal with cutting SIM cards or finding adapters.
  • It is extremely convenient for frequent travelers, making it easier to switch between network operators.

According to MTN, the eSIM trial will run for one year and is open on a first come, first served basis to a limited number of subscribers who own compatible devices.

Compatible Devices with MTN eSIM

Brand Compatible Phones
Google Pixel 3, 3 XL
Pixel 4, 4 XL
Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS, XS Max
iPhone XR
Samsung Samsung S20 Series

How to Activate an MTN eSIM

Simply visit any MTN stores closest to you, an agent will check your device if it’s compatible, after which it will be set up on your device.

Those of you who have compatible devices, you’ll need to go to MTN stores closest to you and perform a SIM swap.

From Macro SIM to Nano SIM and now, it is eSIM.

Let us know what you think about this new innovation from MTN.


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  • Dennis Oshilim, July 17, 2020 @ 7:15 am Reply

    This is a good innovative move. But my fear now is that since it is rewritable, won’t it be easy for hackers to hijack ones sim??.
    Another thing again the first phase of phones used for the testing rollout is not encouraging. Majority of us can’t afford those pbones. ( smiles).
    NB. am a die hard fan of urs.

  • McDonald, July 17, 2020 @ 6:44 pm Reply

    I am afread they want it to be for a particular class of people by the kind of device they mentioned that is comparable with the Esim.
    They can reduce the version of the eSim app to allow other phones and some android phones that are sim less can with this have sim etc.

    • Emmanuel, August 22, 2020 @ 8:07 am Reply

      I think it’s not about the level of the esim app. Its compatible with those devices because of hardware compatible not software. Those devices are high end phones with high class of hardware machine not to compare with infinix and Tecno phones.

  • Ezinwa Joshua, July 18, 2020 @ 10:29 am Reply

    It’s still on trail phase which will run for a year, if it is successful maybe they may find a way for it to be compatible with low range phones. I just sincerely hope that this new innovation will reduce data cost and maybe we might get unlimited data plan soon.

  • Marvel, July 18, 2020 @ 11:14 am Reply

    My question is ” can the phone run two networks simultaneously? Just like a physical sim on a dual SIM Device

  • Mike, July 19, 2020 @ 10:42 am Reply

    Wow. MTN are really trying

  • Abdulmalik, July 21, 2020 @ 1:26 am Reply

    Why not change sim like smile no need inside sim to phone

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