Safaricom recently introduced eSIM support in the Kenyan market. eSIM is short for an Embedded Subscriber Identity Module, or simply an Embedded SIM card. A number of the high-end smartphones do have an embedded SIM card within them which one can activate at any time with network settings for a given network.
If your phone supports eSIMs, it is time for you to finally set it up.
Which devices support Safaricom’s eSIM?
For now, only a few smartphones are listed as supporting the network. These are:
- iPhone SE 2020, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone 11, iPhone 12
- Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy Z Fold, Galaxy NOTE 20
However, there are more devices that come with eSIMs. These include Google Pixels, Huawei and Motorola smartphones, Windows tablets, iPads, and Apple Watches.
Once your phone supports it, all you need is to do some Profile Settings, and you’re ready to use a particular network. Mainly, such profile settings are provided by the carrier in form of a QR code that you scan, then the phone activates the eSIM and you are able to access the network whose settings you scanned. You’re free to, later on, change the network the eSIM is accessing to any other network supporting eSIMs.
How to get Safaricom eSIM
- Visit a Safaricom Shop with a supported device
- Scan the eSIM QR Code you’ll be given by Safaricom with your supported device
- Your device will download and install the Profile Settings and set up the Safaricom Network on your eSIM
- Your eSIM will now be ready for use.
What are the benefits of an eSIM?
- If you have an iPhone, you can have two networks running at once.
- If you travel a lot, you can just buy an eSIM for whichever network in that country you’re traveling to instead of paying lots of cash when roaming.
- You can easily switch between networks. As with the example above where you can switch between Faiba and Safaricom. Provided these companies don’t do stupid stuff to try and stop you.
- You can have multiple data plans – if you’re someone who actually pays monthly for data plans.