Vodafone is formalizing its eSIM. We’ve been talking about it for a few days about the possibility that the Italian operator may be ready to bring their virtual SIM to the market: now official and On the site Vodafone MaybeFor now, you can find the direct reference to eSIM support in a specific section where users can also find all the information about how it works, what needs to be done to activate it, and above all its cost and who can buy it. Here then we try to summarize everything in this article on eSIM from Vodafone.
eSIM Vodafone: This is what and how it works
Vodafone eSIMLike all eSIMs, a virtual SIM replaces the need to have a physical SIM. In this case, it will not be necessary to insert and remove the SIM card from your smartphone. An eSIM cannot be lost or corrupted because it downloads directly to the device and it also allows you to use two phone numbers at the same time without having to insert different SIM cards each time.
Once you buy an eSIMIt is nothing more than a card without any physical SIM card. This card is equipped with a QR code, a PIN code and a PUK code. Once scanned, the QR code will allow you to download your eSIM profile to your phone (just as if you inserted a physical SIM card into your smartphone) and to be able to use the Vodafone connection.
How to activate your eSIM profile
Once you purchase a Vodafone eSIM in a store, you can thus activate the profile on your account and thus on your smartphone. To do this, Vodafone offers a simple and online guide:
Purchase a Vodafone eSIM from the Vodafone Store
Ensure that the device is connected to the Internet, and use the WiFi connection to continue
– The Vodafone eSIM will be equipped with a QR code (activation code), a PIN code and a PUK
Then here are the steps to take, depending on the presence or absence of an Android or iOS smartphone, to download the eSIM profile
eSIM Vodafone: How much does the service cost and where to find it?
Currently, Vodafone allows you to purchase an eSIM only and exclusively from official distributors (those who had the opportunity to get the first coupons). It can be bought by everyone and thus by new customers as well as already Vodafone customers who want to switch from the physical SIM card to the new default eSIM format. It will also be possible to purchase it online but this is in the coming days.
On the official website at this page You can find all kinds of information related to the new Vodafone eSIM. We remind you that Vodafone eSIMs are compatible with all consumer rechargeable mobile offers but also subscription offers.
The cost of eSIMs 1 To which you must add costs, if the customer is new, for any activation in addition to the first month of the offer. In this case, the eSIMs, for new customers, do not have built-in traffic at the time of activation, so the new customers will have to recharge to use them.
eSIM Vodafone: Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions
- Can I keep my existing number with the Vodafone eSIM?
Yes, by going to one of the Vodafone centers and requesting the change from SIM card to eSIM, you will keep the same number and the same tariff plan with the relative offer.
The rechargeable eSIM expires after 11 renewals from activation or last top-up.
For one month after the deadline you can only receive calls. At the end of the 12th renewal, the eSIM is deactivated and any remaining credit cannot be used. To check the expiration date of your eSIM, access your DIY personal area, or call 42070. There is no expiration date for your eSIM subscription or fixed network plans.
- How do I reactivate an expired eSIM?
You can request to reactivate the number if your SIM card has not expired for more than 12 months and you are the owner or real user of the SIM card. To reactivate your number, call customer service on the toll free number 190 and check with the operator about the expiration date of your SIM card, if it is:
Less than 90 days: Inform the operator of your alternate address and wait for confirmation of SIM card reactivation and number in the following days
Over 90 days: Go to an Authorized Vodafone Dealer to activate a new SIM card. Your number will be passed onto the new SIM in the following days.
- How can I see the SMS containing the unlock code on the data chip?
To see the SMS that contains the unlock code on your data chip, you can insert the data chip into the mobile phone and read the text of the message.
- How do I transfer an eSIM from one device to another?
To transfer your phone number from the existing eSIM to a new device with an eSIM, you will first have to delete your eSIM profile from the old device and install it on the new device using the same QR code found on the Vodafone eSIM voucher. If you have iOS Go to settings, tap on your eSIM’s cellular plan and then on remove cellular plan. If you have an Android system Follow the path: Settings> Connections> eSIM Card Manager> eSIM> Remove.
- How do I change my PIN code?
The 4-digit PIN code can be changed.
To change the PIN code, type on your mobile phone: ** 04 * old PIN * new PIN * new PIN # green call key. (Example: If the old PIN is 1234 and the new PIN you want to save is 4321, dial the number ** 04 * 1234 * 4321 * 4321 # followed by the green call key). If you incorrectly ask for the PIN code 3 times in succession, the phone will be locked. To unlock the phone, the PUK code must be entered.
The QR code associated with the eSIM allows you to download your profile to the eSIM, as if you inserted a physical SIM card into the phone, and to be able to use the Vodafone connection. The QR code is printed on your Vodafone eSIM.
- How can I get a PUK and QR code back if I lose my voucher?
If you lose your Vodafone eSIM voucher and need to download your eSIM profile, you will need to request a new voucher by going to the Vodafone Store.
You can find it printed on your device box and in the phone settings after installing the Vodafone eSIM.
You can find it in your device’s settings by simply installing your eSIM profile or showing it on your device’s tray.
eSIM Vodafone: Here are the compatible smartphones
It is clear that Vodafone eSIMs, along with other virtual SIM cards, are only compatible with the latest generation of smartphones that allow you to use this type of SIM card. For now officially here, Vodafone’s eSIM is compatible with these smartphones:
- iPhone X
- IPhone 11
- IPhone 11 Pro
- IPhone 11 Pro Max
- IPhone 12
- IPhone 12 mini
- IPhone 12 Pro
- IPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 series
- Samsung Galaxy S21 series
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20
- The HUAWEI P40
- The HUAWEI P40 Pro
- HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro