MTN Nigeria launches eSIM service


MTN Nigeria has become the first mobile telecoms operator to introduce the eSIM service in Nigeria and indeed West Africa.


eSIM simply means an embedded SIM card. It’s a small chip that’s used to authenticate your identity with your carrier. Unlike the physical SIM, you do not need to insert an eSIM into your phone as it is already built into your smartphone, device or wearable. No physical SIM cards are involved and no physical swapping required if you want to change your network.

The information on an eSIM is rewritable, which means that you can decide to change your operator with a simple phone call.


  • e-SIMs allow you have more than one phone number associated to your smart device. They particularly useful for people who want to manage personal and business lines.
  • The possibility of losing or damaging your SIM is reduced because it is built into your device.
  • You no longer have to deal with cutting SIM cards or finding adapters.
  • It is extremely convenient for frequent travelers, making it easier to switch between network operators.


  • Mobile networks will not need to manufacture or distribute physical SIM cards anymore
  • People can quickly switch operators quickly to get connected if they’re in an area with no signal, frees up space for new features or additional battery life

Setting up an eSIM profile with a new or existing mobile plan is quick and easy. If you have an eSIM compatible device and want to participate in the trial. Visit to get started. The eSIM activation is free.

MTN says the eSIM trial will run for one year and is open on a first come first served basis to a limited number of subscribers who own compatible devices.

Compatible devices include

  • Google Pixel 3, 3 XL; Pixel 4, 4XL
  • Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max; iPhone XS, XS Max; iPhone XR
  • Samsung S20 Series

eSIM is backed by the GSMA. The Google Pixel 2 was among the first phones to support eSIM technology in the world. Vodacom was the first network to launch support for eSIM devicein Africa in January 2020.


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