It is difficult to imagine life before SIM. These days, there are billions of increasingly small plastic chips. Recent technological developments even imply that the physical SIM may eventually vanish entirely. The newest in town is the eSIM.
MTN Uganda is in the lead when it comes to implementing the technology in Uganda, which does not require a physical SIM card in your phone.
What steps do you need to take to get an MTN Uganda eSIM for your smartphone? But before that, let’s first discuss what an eSim is. An eSIM, loosely translated to embedded SIM, is a small chip inside your phone, working the same way as your NFC chip used for payments like Google Pay and Apple Pay.
The eSim is embedded in your phone and works the same way as a normal sim card. You simply activate the eSIM with your account profile and you are ready to enjoy all the services you normally would with a physical SIM.
How to get MTN Uganda eSIM
First things first, “Does MTN Uganda support eSIM?” Yes, and the company has been running the eSIM trial for a year now on a first come first served basis to a limited number of subscribers who own compatible devices.
Before thinking of acquiring an MTN eSIM, it’s essential to ensure that your device supports eSIM technology. To find out, dial *#06# on your mobile- and if your device is compatible, it will show an EID number.
So, if you have already verified that your phone is eSIM compatible, you must visit any of their stores to get the eSIM for free.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the cost of activating the eSIM?
A: The eSIM activation costs UGX 3,500 only.
Q: Is the eSIM registration process different from the regular SIM registration process?
A: No, the eSIM registration process is not different except that the eSIM is pre-activated by downloading a profile and associating it with a new phone number, a given serial, and a PUK number.
Q: I have an eSIM phone. How do I buy and register an eSIM line
A: Simply walk into any of the MTN stores and request eSIM activation. The eSIM activation is free. You will be provided with a QR code to scan and download an eSIM profile and perform the usual SIM registration.
Q: How do I know my eSIM profile has been attached to my eSIM phone?
A: There will be an indication on the phone that shows that the eSIM is active (the eSIM can be a primary or secondary SIM). Also, the network for the eSIM will become active.