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Virgin Mobile launches eSIM services in the UAE

Virgin Mobile launches eSIM services in the UAE

Etisalat launched eSIM services late last month in the UAE

Telecoms provider Virgin Mobile has launched eSIM services for its users in the UAE, the company announced on Sunday.

Virgin Mobile – the second brand operating under Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) after du – said customers can get their eSIM activated at any Virgin Megastore across the UAE at no extra cost.

The eSIM is meant to eventually replace the physical, plastic SIM card that smartphones use with a virtual embedded equivalent that has been pre-built in some compatible devices.

While devices such as the Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max offer the option, it has to be supported by the telecoms carrier and enabled by them.

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The new technology allows a simpler device connection and a better customer experience due to its simplified user journey, Virgin Mobile said in a statement said.

Completely app based, Virgin Mobile launched in the UAE in September last year targetting the younger ‘digital-savvy’ generation. The subscription-based model allows for usage without a contract.

Read more: Virgin Mobile brand officially launches in the UAE

Late last month, telecoms operator Etisalat became the first in the UAE to launch eSIM services for the latest iPhones. Subscribers can now access advanced features of the dual eSIM for their phones, enabling them to use two mobile numbers on their iPhones.

Read more: Etisalat launches eSIM services for iPhones in the UAE

Meanwhile du announced at Gitex that it would soon be making eSIM services commercially available for consumers.

Du signed an agreement with Munich-based Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security for its AirOn eSIM management solution.

Read more: UAE telecom operator du to introduce eSIM services

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