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ExpressBasics: Convert your Airtel, Jio or Vodafone Idea SIM to an eSIM

ExpressBasics: Convert your Airtel, Jio or Vodafone Idea SIM to an eSIM

Here’s how you can convert your existing SIM to an eSIM on Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea.

ExpressBasics: Convert your Airtel, Jio or Vodafone Idea SIM to an eSIM

Whether it is for the new iPhone 14 or some other premium phone you have that supports eSIM functionality, switching from a physical to an eSIM or embedded SIM may seem like a long and tedious process, but it is actually easier than you think.

Here’s how you can switch your existing physical SIM to an eSIM without changing your number on Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea.

Begin by sending an SMS containing “eSIM<>registered email ID” to 121. You will receive an SMS again from the same number, and will be required to reply with “1” to confirm a conversion to eSIM. This reply will have to be within 60 seconds of receiving the message.

Note: If you have not included the correct email id in the SMS, you will receive a reply asking you to re-initiate the process with the correct email id, along with a guide on how to update the email id.

After receiving a confirmation, users will receive another message asking them to confirm the same over a call with an Airtel representative. This step is necessary to confirm your identity and after this is done, you will receive a QR code on your registered email ID.

You can now use this QR code to register your phone’s eSIM. On Apple, you can head over to Settings/ Mobile Data/ Add Data Plan/ Scan QR code to proceed. Make sure your phone is connected to a WiFi network during the process.

Assuming you have a registered email id with your existing Jio number, you can simply convert your SIM to an eSIM by sending an SMS. Before that however, you will need to get your iPhone’s EID and IMEI number. While the EID number can be found by heading to Settings/ General/ About. The 32-digit number here is the EID number you will need while the 15 digit IMEI will also be visible below.

Once you have both numbers, SMS “GETESIM <space><32 Digit EID><space><15 Digit IMEI>“ and send it to 199. You will also receive a 19-digit virtual eSIM number on SMS and registered email id.

You will now have to send another SMS “SIMCHG <space><19 digit eSIM Number>” to 199 and wait for up to two hours to process your eSIM request. Within two hours, you will get another message to confirm your request.

Users on Vodafone Idea can send an SMS “SMS eSIM< space >registered email id” to 199 after which they will receive another SMS asking users to confirm their consent. A final SMS will then be sent confirming the switch along with a QR code on the registered email ID.

You can now use this QR code to register your phone’s eSIM by heading to Settings/ Mobile Data/ Add Data Plan/ Scan QR code to proceed on iPhones.

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Heres how you can convert your existing SIM to an eSIM on Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea.

Vodafone to sell Hungarian business for $1.8 billion

Britain’s Vodafone will sell its Hungarian business for 715 billion forints ($1.8 billion) in cash, it said on Monday, in a deal that will create a locally-owned telecoms leader in the central European country.

Vodafone to sell Hungarian business for $1.8 billion

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s Vodafone (VOD.L) will sell its Hungarian business for 715 billion forints ($1.8 billion) in cash, it said on Monday, in a deal that will create a locally-owned telecoms leader in the central European country.

The British mobile phone and broadband group said it had agreed non-binding terms with the buyers, Hungarian 4iG (IGNY.BU) and state-run Corvinus Zrt.

The deal — which does not include Vodafone’s shared services business VOIS — is expected to create Hungary’s second largest telecoms operator.

“The Hungarian Government has a clear strategy to build a Hungarian owned national champion in the (Information and Communications Technology) sector,” Vodafone Chief Executive Nick Read said in a statement.

The sale is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

($1 = 404.0500 forints)

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Why finding a Vodafone TV replacement may cost you

Listener: Vodafone TV is closing down, and finding a good replacement may be costly.

Why finding a Vodafone TV replacement may cost you

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Vodafone TV is scheduled to close, despite amassing more than 100,000 users. Photo / File

Vodafone TV is closing down, and finding a good replacement may be costly.

History is littered with beloved gadgets that were nevertheless cancelled.

Remember the sleek Motorola Razr flip phone of the early 2000s? Or the Philips V2000 video recorder, which appeared briefly in the 1980s as a flashy rival to VHS and Betamax video?

Then there’s TiVo, the TV set-top box that lets people record shows and skip the adverts. It was massive in the US and briefly went on sale here. But it fizzled out with the rise of streaming video services. These were all great devices that came into my life and left me bereft when they were discontinued.

There are shades of TiVo’s demise in the closure of Vodafone TV, one of the best gadgets to emerge locally in the last decade. The streaming video service allows you to access premium Sky channels, Freeview channels and video apps such as Netflix and Amazon Prime via one compact box that plugs into your telly. There’s a nifty electronic programming guide included, too. It won rave reviews everywhere.

But last December, it was announced that Vodafone TV was scheduled to close, despite amassing more than 100,000 users. Why? The content landscape shifted dramatically in the five years Vodafone TV existed, with the US streaming apps increasingly dominant. About 2.8 million Kiwis aged 15 or over now watch Netflix, according to ratings agency Nielsen, and 1.1 million watch Disney+.

These apps are just a tap away on the screen of any smart TV bought in the past eight years or so. Vodafone TV ran out of room to grow. It was losing money. But as a user, I loved it, and so did many of you. It’s the gadget I’ve received more emails about than anything else. It made TV viewing simple, but soon it will be gone.

Vodafone TV is due to close at the end of October. By that point, Sky TV claims, it will have its own internet streaming box ready to give to current Vodafone TV users who are subscribed to Sky channels through the service. Sky’s new box has experienced delays, so that closure date may be pushed out again. But it’s the logical successor to Vodafone TV if you are a Sky subscriber. I’m not, so I need to find an alternative quickly.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing that quite matches Vodafone TV for me, because I don’t have a UHF aerial or satellite dish in my apartment building. If I had, I could plug the antenna connection into my Freeview-compatible smart TV and watch live free-to-air channels directly on my TV.

Instead, I will use a little dongle called SmartVu ($150) to access a selection of Freeview channels over the internet. But that won’t let me record shows and skip the adverts, as I do with Vodafone TV. Instead, I’ll have to go to the on-demand services of the free-to-air channels to replay a show I missed seeing live.

That’s frustrating, because Freeview On Demand, which bundles a library of TV shows from across Freeview channels, is also shutting down later this year. It, too, is a victim of the Netflix effect. It means I’ll now have to use the different TVNZ+, ThreeNow and Māori+ apps to watch episodes that have already aired.

The bottom line is that if you want to recreate the Vodafone TV experience as closely as possible, you will need a UHF or satellite connection, coupled with a compatible smart TV or Freeview recorder box (about $400).

Sky may deliver nirvana to its stranded subscribers with its new streaming box, if it gets its act together in time. Hang in there, and remember, you are still a Vodafone customer. Hassle them for advice and make sure you claim the $75 credit they are offering those who bought Vodafone TV recently but who, come October, will be left with a useless black box.

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