How to activate the iPhone XS e-SIM with Etisalat in the UAE

November 1, 2018

The recent release of Apple iPhones was quite a hype creating event in Dubai as the iPhones of 2018 are loaded up with exceptional new features and upgrades. One of the top elements was the introduction of dual SIM possibility with the new iPhones. This news was like the bloom of blossoms for the customers and fans waiting in UAE as it was the much-needed upgrade whereas, the dual SIM option has some complications attached to it as well. The iPhone XS dual-SIM capability is limited to the e-SIM which is a much-advanced form of telecom connectivity. Further, let’s find out what is this ultra-modern invention of iPhone XS e-SIM and how it functions.

iPhone XS e-SIM

What is an iPhone XS e-SIM?

Well, the initial misconception about the “e” in e-SIM was that it stands for electronic instead the “e” stands for the embedded so the name actually is “Embedded-SIM”,  which is like a virtual connection to a network and you don’t hold the physical SIM card. You can convert and switch the network of your e-SIM whereas, feasibility for the travelers to not to purchase the new local SIM card rather than that the iPhone XS e-SIM app or the local network dial will sort out all that if the local network is supported to the e-SIM network.

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iPhone XS e-SIM

Etisalat Offering iPhone XS e-SIM:

Etisalat is the first network providing the e-SIM facilities to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. This functionality enabled with the iOS 12.1 upgrade and now it enables the process of using the two connections simultaneously. For the activation, you will have to appear at the office of Etisalat and receive the QR code. That QR code will then scanned through the iPhone by logging into the “Settings -> Cellular -> Add Cellular Plan” which will eventually activate the e-SIM plan.

iPhone XS e-SIM

Charges against iPhone XS e-SIM:

The question arises that whether you will have to pay extra amount against the e-SIM or what are the charges to avail this facility. The charges of an e-SIM are similar to that of a regular SIM which costs only 26.50 AED subsequently if you already possess a postpaid plan whereas, for the prepaid charges are 57.75. AED. Furthermore, the fresh connection or a new account/phone number with e-SIM would be charged 131.25 AED.

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iPhone XS e-SIM

Multi-SIM cards and e-SIM:

The iPhone XS e-SIM has the option to function with the multi-SIM but for now, in Dubai, it is only limited for a single primary phone number. The other SIM card used will be physical only.

iPhone XS e-SIM

Switching back to physical SIM for e-SIM:

The same process will be applied for the switch off to the physical SIM card. Visit the Etisalat office and get a new SIM card for which you’ll pay 26.50 AED and the e-SIM will be deactivated consequently physical SIM card will be activated on your phone in Dubai.

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iPhone XS e-SIM

Disadvantages of iPhone XS e-SIM:

The iPhone XS e-SIM switch off and the smartphones exchange or shift is only possible through the network provider. So for your new iPhone, you won’t be able to just take out the old SIM card and place into the new iPhone rather you will have to involve the associated network for the transfer. Another drawback is the limited approach of e-SIM currently worldwide as it is not widespread so you could travel to a country and find no network that supports e-SIM to overcome this issue entire Apple iPhones have the ordinary or normal physical SIM card slot. However, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch Series 4 have an only e-SIMs inability in UAE.

 iPhone XS e-SIM

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