MTN Introduces eSIM, View Compatible Phones & How to Activate it for Free

E-sim also is known as the embedded sim is now available in Nigeria on the MTN network, also, recent reports by Africa's largest mobile operator is that the e-SIM will provide the same functionalities as a physical SIM card.

MTN has indeed made history by being the first mobile telecom operator to introduce the eSIM service in Nigeria and indeed West Africa.

let's take a comprehensive view of all we need to know about the e-sim, its benefits and how to get one activated for ourself.

What is e-SIM

eSIM is 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.

Benefits of e-SIM

  • e-SIMs allow you to have more than one phone number associated with your smart device. They are 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 travellers, making it easier to switch between network operators.
According to MTN, 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.

Devices Compatible with MTN e-SIM

check the table below:




Pixel 3, 3 XL


Pixel 4, 4 XL


iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max


iPhone XS, XS Max


iPhone XR


Samsung S20 Series


How to Grab an MTN e-SIM

Simply visit any MTN stores closest to you, an agent will check your device if it’s compatible, after which it will be set up on your device.

Those of you who have compatible devices, you’ll need to go to MTN stores closest to you and perform a SIM swap.

From Macro SIM to Nano SIM and now, it is eSIM.

Let us know what you think about this new innovation from MTN.
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