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Google has announced eSIM support for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in India. Both flagship smartphones from Google will be getting eSIM support from carriers Reliance Jio and Airtel in India, in the coming months.
An eSIM or electronic SIM card removes the need to place a physical SIM card in the phone’s SIM slot. Google’s Pixel 2 also offered eSIM support, but the same was only extended in the US for Google’s Project Fi, now called Google Fi. an eSIM is essentially a rewritable chip embedded within your smartphone. It can be activated with the network of your choice, one that supports eSIM services. So for instance, if you have an eSIM connection from Airtel and are unhappy with the same, you could switch to eSIM services from Reliance Jio without having to physically obtain a SIM card or change one in your phone.
Kerrie Lenhart Hogan, Director, Partnerships at Google said in the blog post.
“With eSIM, getting wireless service is as easy as turning on your phone. Gone are the days of going to the store to get a SIM card and fumbling around to try and place it into a small slot. With eSIM, we hope to bring you instant connectivity across more carrier networks, and devices in the Google ecosystem—from Android smartphones to Chromebooks to Wear OS smartwatches.
Pixel 2 was the first major smartphone with eSIM, and now, on Pixel 3, we’re expanding eSIM support to more carriers. If you’re in the U.S. and would like to purchase a phone that has eSIM, head over to Google Fi or the Google Store. If you’re in Germany, look out for the ability to purchase Pixel 3 with eSIM functionality from Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone soon. Sprint in the U.S., EE in the UK, Airtel and Reliance Jio in India, and Truphone and Gigsky in various countries will also roll out eSIM support for Pixel 3 in the coming months.
To enable a consistent and simple experience across the ecosystem, we’re also creating a program that allows Android device makers to build eSIM-capable smartphones. We look forward to continuing our work with our partners on the potential benefits of eSIM—whether that’s getting you connected to a phone, watch, tablet, or laptop—in the future”
Launched in October, Google Pixel 3 is priced at Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant. The Pixel 3 XL is available at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs 92,000 for the 128GB model. Both phones require deep pockets, though it’s only been a month since launch, and there aren’t many discounts on the Pixel 3 just yet. At the moment, you can buy Google Pixel 3 on Flipkart, as well as retail outlets such as Croma, Reliance Digital, Vijay Sales and more.
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