Vodacom will support eSIM in new Apple Watch

Vodacom is ready to support devices with embedded SIMs in South Africa, the company told MyBroadband.

Apple and Google both launched new devices this year which use embedded SIMs (eSIM) – the Watch Series 3 and the Pixel 2.

eSIMs let users easily switch between operators without needing to swap physical SIM cards.

While the Pixel 2 is not currently expected to launch in South Africa, the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS is confirmed for SA – however, this model does not feature cellular connectivity.

“Apple have not confirmed a launch date [for the Watch Series 3 with cellular], but we will be ready to support the eSIM capability when it officially launches in South Africa,” said Vodacom.

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Telkom said it is looking at supporting eSIM devices, but was still investigating the technology.

“We are currently investigating the feasibility and requirements for a standards-based eSIM platform that will be compatible with all manufacturers’ devices in future,” said Telkom.

MTN said it has not yet made a decision on eSIM support.

“We will communicate to the market at the appropriate time, when a decision has been made,” it said.

Cell C said it is evaluating the technology.

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