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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Vodafone Idea launches e-SIM service in India

After Reliance Jio and Airtel, now Vodafone Idea has also launched its eSIM service in India. However, the service has been introduced in Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbai circles only for the company's current postpaid customers. Initially, only iPhone users will be able to use Vodafone Idea's e-SIM.

Many companies around the world are offering eSIM service to their users. With the help of this service you will be able to use the number without inserting any physical SIM card in the phone. Vodafone Idea has also launched this service for postpaid users in India.

Vodafone Idea's e-SIM support for iPhone models includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2020), iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Soon its support will also be found on Samsung Galaxy Jade Flip and Samsung Galaxy Fold.

In order to boost the ease of access for its users, Vodafone Idea today introduced the services of eSIM for select phones. The newly developed technology will be made available for Vodafone Idea users using iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max & iPhone XR, and are on a postpaid connection. The company has also announced that the eSim services will be extended for devices of other companies such as Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Fold as well. However, for now, the service is limited to selected telecom circles such as Mumbai, Delhi and Gujarat.

Vodafone Idea has claimed that the users using the Vodafone Idea postpaid connection will no longer need to have a physical SIM card in their mobile phones to make calls or access internet facilities. As per the claims made by the company, consumers will continue to avail calling, SMS, data services like before as eSIM comes in the form of an integrated SIM chip which will be compliant with all the supported mobile network operators.

How to get Vodafone Idea eSIM

If you're an existing customer on the Vodafone Idea network, you can avail eSIM support by sending an SMS message “eSIM email id” at 199. In case if you don't have an email ID registered with your mobile number, you are required to send an SMS “email email id” to 199. This will initiate the eSIM registration process.

Once the email ID is validated, the telco will send you an SMS message from 199. You need to reply back with “ESIMY” to confirm your request. After that, you'll get another SMS message from 199 asking you to provide a consent over a phone call. This will initiate an email with a QR code to your registered email ID that you need to scan on your device.

Make sure that your device is on active Wi-Fi or mobile data. After that, you can scan the QR code on your iPhone by going to Settings > Mobile Data > Add Data Plan. The device will now ask you to scan the QR code you've received on email.


If you're a new customer, you can get eSIM support by visiting your nearest Vodafone store with a proof of identity and a photograph. It is recommended to carry your smartphone along so that the QR generated during the process can be scanned.

Vodafone Idea promises that the eSIM will be successfully activated within two hours post scanning the QR code. It is also important to note that the QR code sent through email will be of single use.

In the meantime the phone should connect to Wi-Fi or mobile data and your e-SIM will be set up.

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