Vodafone is one of the operators in Spain that already has eSIM technology. But what is Vodafone eSIM, who can enjoy it, what advantages does it have or what are the devices compatible with this new system that abandons the physical to go virtual? We solve all doubts and answer the main questions you may have if you are interested in the virtual SIM card.
Any Vodafone customer with a compatible device (phone or watch) can enjoy the advantages of an eSIM either for your current mobile number on another device, such as a watch or for regular use on your smartphone.
What is an eSIM?
We know very well what a SIM card is and we have always had one so that our mobile phone works, “connects” to our number and our rate. SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is the usual card that has been reducing its size over the years. From the classic and large SIM of 85.6 x 53.98 x 0.76 mm to the Latest Nano-SIM with 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.67mm. But so much has reduced its size this little chip that now it is not even physical but it is a chip within the terminal itself that fulfils the same function and that you do not need to change when you change the operator or rate or country. You just have to connect.
An eSIM card is a SIM card that is installed on any device without the need for you have it in physical format or change your phone when you change mobile. It allows you to connect a number and a specific rate to any smartphone and does the functions of the conventional SIM card except that it is not physical but a virtual card that we can activate with a PIN code or a PUK code.
What is Vodafone OneNumber
In Vodafone, you can get an eSIM as the first number as long as you have a device that supports this technology, as we will see in the next paragraphs. But you can also use Vodafone OneNumber. What is it? It is a service that allows you to take your main line to a secondary device to be able to make calls or receive messages without having to have your mobile phone at hand. What are the differences with eSIM? You do not have a new number, but you replicate it. It is related to eSIM since it uses built-in technology on Apple Watch watches for this. That is, you will have an eSIM on the Apple Watch but with your usual number, without having a new name.
Vodafone OneNumber does not require having eSIM technology. Although apple watches pet’s use this system, it is also compatible with any secondary phone or tablet with a SIM slot that you want to use as a complementary device to your smartphone. It uses eSIM technology, but it is not essential to enjoy this service on other devices such as mobile phones or tablets.
Vodafone eSIM Compatible Devices
For now, Vodafone eSIM only supports:
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPad Pro
All of them as long as they have iOS version 12.1 or higher. Both for private prepaid and prepaid mobile customers and with any Vodafone rate.
The Vodafone One Number service is compatible with:
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 3
How much does it cost?
For Vodafone users, eSIM has no activation cost although there is a cost of five euros for the change from eSIM to physical SIM. The new prepaid registrations will first have to register the physical SIM card and once given; they can change to the virtual map.
How to activate it
For now, you will have to go to a Vodafone store to activate eSIM, and you will not be able to do it from home. You should find your nearest Vodafone store or official dealer of the operator and provide the profile you want to download on the chip of your phone.
- Go to a Vodafone store.
- You will scan a QR code that will be delivered to you.
- They will give you a PUK code and a PIN code.
There are two different types of activation from the Vodafone store: activate a mainline to replace the physical SIM card with the eSIM card or activate the Vodafone One Number service that makes your number pass to other devices when you do not want to carry the phone with you. For example, for a tablet or Apple Watch.
How to activate Vodafone OneNumber on Apple Watch
- Turn on Apple Watch next to iPhone.
- Put the phone on the watch.
- Choose “Set up mobile data” from Apple Watch.
- Access with your Vodafone username and password
- Activate the monthly subscription for the watch from Vodafone OneNumber
- You will receive a confirmation SMS on your iPhone.
- Click “Continue” if the mobile network is ready.
- They will sync automatically.
Once this is done, it will be enough to use both with the same mobile line.
What advantages does it have
The first advantage of these virtual SIM cards is that it will be much faster and easier change operator. Portability will be more rapid because we will not have to wait for a physical SIM card to arrive, nor will we have to go to a store to pick it up. It is enough to make the portability and activate it after one hour (in general, about 24 hours from the request until it is useful)
Another of the most exciting advantages is for those who are going abroad. We can go to another country and hire a local rate that we need for a few days. We can even do it from our mobile phone and activate it automatically from the airport when we arrive, without paperwork or travel or waiting to pick up the physical card. We can thus change the operator or the rate simply when we need it and in a few clicks.
Related to the previous option, another advantage: we can have more than one number on the same phone without having to change the card from one to another, for example. Beyond Dual SIM slots, we can do it without physical cards.
And being smaller than the usual formats, not only can we have the number on our mobile phone but will be able to work on many devices Connected today such as smartwatches and activity bracelets, headphones or any other IoT device that is compatible with the technology.
Since it is physical, you cannot lose it. It is also an advantage that it occupies 10% of what a standard card holds and so we can have smaller phones or dedicate that space to other components. From Vodafone, they also emphasize the importance of it not being removable because the integration of the chip in the terminal itself would allow them to be sealed or submersible or more resistant.