Nepal Telecom NTC has recently Launched eSIM

If you’ve ever wondered what is an eSIM or how does eSIM works, then you’ve come to the right place.

Pretty much everyone is familiar with basic SIM card these days – but now eSIMs are on the scene with eSIM providers popping up everywhere.

All those questions (save the last one) we can answer for you here, so keep reading.

Nepal Telecom has recently launched its much-anticipated eSIM service from today (Friday, Bhadra 31) on their network after a long  successful testing. The telecom giant has signed an agreement with a UK-based company to provide e-SIM services to its customers.

What is an eSIM?

An eSIM is a digital SIM that allows you to use a cellular plan from your carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM.

The eSIM is sometimes called by its technical name, eUICC (Embedded Universal Circuit Card) or virtual SIM.

Furthermore, the eSIM works the same way as a traditional SIM card we used to have, but this time you don’t need a physical SIM card to get the benefits of its services. It is actually pre-installed in the device and you can activate it by installing the “eSIM profile” of a new operator under your phone settings.

How does it works?

With an eSIM-compatible device, you can easily install an eSIM profile (provided by operators/carriers) such as Nepal Telecom to be able to buy an eSIM data plan when you need it, on the go. Plus you can use multiple operators and subscribe simultaneously several data plans to suit your needs: when traveling, working from home or when you are in a remote area.

Since NTC now offers eSIM to its customers in Nepal, you will be able to use the latest iPhones with ease.

Compatible devices as of now:

Most smartphones are eSIM compatible, including the ones from Apple XS, XS Max, XR or later, and from Samsungs Galaxy S Series, Note and Z series, Huawei Mate series and Google. eSIM supports on high-end smartwatches such as Apple Watch series 8 and Salary watch series 5 are the latest smartwatches that supports eSIM.

Advantages of eSIM:

  • Easy to switch network operator on the go
  • Supports dual-SIM connectivity with ease
  • You don’t have to worry about damage and lost of the SIM card

Disadvantages of eSIM:

  • Support only available in premium phones
  • Telecom have more control over your eSIM
  • Can be comparatively easier to track
  • You can’t change the sim to another traditional phone if your phone stops working.
  • Unusable in countries with no eSIM support

Should you get an eSIM?

That will depend on your use cases and needs. For most people who already have a physical SIM in use, switching to an eSIM will not make much of a difference. However, those worried about the privacy and security of their SIMs can switch to eSIM to lock their identification with their smartphones in case of theft.

On the other hand, while switching to eSIMs is free of charge in Nepal as of now, the switch will limit customers to using premium smartphones, which do cost significantly more than entry-level or mid-range phones.

Bonus: Nepal Telecom is the first carrier to allow eSIM connection in Nepal