e-SIM In Bangladesh
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e-SIM recently introduced in Bangladesh by Grameenphone. On March 1, 2022 Grameenphone launched first ever e-sim in Bangladesh. So, how does e-SIM work? What is e-SIM in real?

Hello friends, today I am going to try to make you clear about all the myths, confusions about e-SIM and obviously we will know what is e-SIM & how does it work?

What is e-SIM and How it Works?

e-SIM stands for “Embedded SIM”. Which means there is no more plastic SIM card rather it is a virtual SIM card. It can be installed or registered like you install apps in your smartphone. e-SIM supported phones will be eligible to use this feature. In short it’s a technology that is built in smartphone and user need to register with an operator following some process to use e-SIM in Bangladesh.

Can I use e-SIM in Bangladesh?

Yes definitely you can. Since Grameenphone has launched e-SIM throughout the country from March 1, 2022 everyone is eligible to buy an e-SIM. You need to make sure that you have a smartphone that supports e-SIM technology.

For buying e-SIM you need to go to your nearest GP center. Enjoy the new technology.

Will e-SIM number is different from existing numbers?

It depends on the operator you are using. For the time being it seems like number format or number of digits will be unchanged but code number might vary.  e-SIM in Bangladesh is now introduced by GP and will be followed by other operators like Robi, Banglalink, etc.

Can I take e-SIM for same number I am using now?

Yes you can. You need to follow the process defined by your operator. Process is something like below.

  1. You need to request for sim replacement for e-SIM.
  2. Use your physical SIM number while replacing.
  3. Get your new e-SIM toolkit by verifying your identity.
  4. Scan the QR code came in the e-SIM package.
  5. Register your profile and that’s it.
  6. You are now able to use your e-SIM with existing number.

See, it is as simple as above. If you are using the e-SIM supported handset then you can go to a Grameenphone customer care center to register your first e-SIM in Bangladesh.

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Which devices support e-SIM?

There are multiple devices support e-SIM. But all those are from flagship family. Do you have one of them? Check the list below. This list collected from Grameenphone website who has launched first ever e-SIM in Bangladesh.

Apple Devices

  1. iPhone 13, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max, 13 Mini
  2. iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 12 Mini
  3. iPhone SE
  4. iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  5. iPhone XS, XS Max
  6. iPhone XR
  7. iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (4th generation)
  8. iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation)
  9. iPad Pro 11‑inch (2nd generation)
  10. iPad Pro 11‑inch (1st generation)
  11. iPad Air (4th generation)
  12. iPad Air (3rd generation)
  13. iPad (8th generation)
  14. iPad (7th generation)
  15. iPad mini (5th generation)

Samsung Devices

  1. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G, Ultra 5G, S22+ *(official version will support e-SIM by April 01, 2022)
  2. Samsung Fold LTE model
  3. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
  4. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  5. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  6. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
  7. Samsung Galaxy Fold
  8. Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G *(coming soon)
  9. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G *(coming soon)
  10. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE 5G *(coming soon)
  11. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE *(coming soon)
  12. Samsung Galaxy Note 20, 20+, 20 Ultra, Ultra 5G *(coming soon)
  13. Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra *(coming soon)

Google Pixel Devices

  • Google Pixel 6 Pro
  • Google Pixel 6
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 3 & 3XL (Limited support)
  • Google Pixel 2

Pros & Cons of e-SIM

Technology is not always blessings right? New technologies are always appreciated but everything is not perfect. Whatever innovation comes there must be positive and negative side of that. We just make sure positive side is the heavier.

e-SIM has many advantages while some disadvantages too.

PROS

  1. Environment friendly as it is not a material.
  2. In 2020, there were 4.5 Billion plastic SIM has been produced which is alarming and can be stopped through e-SIM
  3. Less use of plastic packets and all since everything is virtual.
  4. Buying online SIM will be easier.
  5. No need to change SIM card to change operator. It’s just like change of profile like Facebook, Instagram.

CONS

  1. Do not support almost 80% of the smartphone.
  2. e-SIM is so far costly to buy.
  3. Data pack is costly too compared to the existing data packs.

Conclusion

To wrap up the discussion today I would like to suggest you to wait for the e-SIM to be run properly before buying. If you are using e-SIM supported devices and you are someone who can not wait to taste the technology you can give it a try.

Let us know how is the experience. Our readers will get some practical idea of e-SIM in Bangladesh through your review comment. We will write another article on e-SIM when it will be fully available across the country. Till then take care, tata.

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