KPN will start Thursday with supporting e-SIM cards for customers of Simyo, KPN's SIM-only provider. In theory, an e-sim is nothing more than a normal SIM card, but the card is no longer needed. The SIM card is built into a chip in the phone.
E-SIM cards can exist alongside normal SIM cards. This means that users can take out a subscription with a SIM card and can also load an additional subscription on the internal e-SIM card.
Simyo-only and prepaid customers can now activate an e-sim. The e-sim is available for the normal subscription price. Prepaid customers cannot yet request a new number with the e-sim. However, they can replace their current SIM card for free with an e-SIM via the My Simyo app, writes the provider.
"We work with KPN every day to see how we can make our services even better and easier for customers," says Bart van den Berg, director of Simyo. "Via the My Simyo app the customer is completely in control of his consumption, settings and now also the SIM card. We are very proud of this!"
In addition to that a provider must support the e-sim, users also need a smartphone that supports this. Currently, only 2018 and 2019 iPhones support the e-SIM cards. Later this year, Android phones will also support the e-sim, Simyo expects. When exactly is "dependent on the introduction of new smartphones".
T-Mobile supports e-SIM cards since August last year. In addition, the providers Truphone and Ubigi support the digital cards. Vodafone and Tele2 do not yet offer the support.
See also: What is e-sim and what is the benefit of it on my phone?