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STC, Mobily, Zain Launches eSIM Services in Saudi Arabia

eSIM Service Launched in Saudi Arabia

The major telecom companies in Saudi Arabia, STC, Mobily and Zain launches the electronic SIM card (eSIM) as the latest generation of chipset technology and most user-friendly, providing many unique high-efficiency features.

STC and Mobily reportedly launched the service while Zain KSA announced the launch of the electronic SIM card (eSIM) on Monday (April 13)


What is eSIM?.

An eSIM is a SIM-card that is embedded in the mobile device. The SIM stores all information that is necessary to identify and authenticate the mobile subscriber. An eSIM will come in the form of an integrated SIM chip that cannot and need not be removed from a device. eSIM enables you to activate prepaid or postpaid plans without using a physical SIM card.

One of the main advantages of eSIM is that it enables users to change the operator remotely, straight from their phone, without having to acquire a new SIM card. It also allows people to store multiple profiles on a single device, effectively having two or more numbers, and switch between them at ease.

This new feature is available on several devices, including the latest iPhone Xs, in addition to the latest devices by Samsung and Huawei, such as Samsung S20 and Huawei P40.


Activation of eSIM

Activation of eSIM is simple, follow the steps below. (for iPhone)

  • Go to Settings > Cellular.
  • Tap Add Cellular Plan.
  • Use your iPhone camera to scan the QR code.

If you’re asked to enter a confirmation code to activate the eSIM, enter the number provided with the QR code.

Cost of eSIM

eSIM costs around SR 50 however, as an introductory offer, operators offer this service free of charge for a limited period of time.


Mohammed Ameen is an expatriate blogger who loves sharing his experiences of living and working in the Gulf countries.