It’s not always easy to take Yes it is from one cell phone to another. To put an end to this difficulty, Apple even offered to transfer saved lines on the phone when changing iPhones. Now, it’s the turn of Google implement a similar solution in android 13 to speed and facilitate the migration between smartphones.
This is what Mishaal Rahman shows on Twitter.
According to the editor of wait this Monday (9), the second beta of Android 13 QPR2 brings traces of a feature to forward the profiles of Yes it is from one phone from one phone to another.
“Support for transferring profiles is being implemented in Google’s SIM Manager app, LPA on Pixel and many GMS devices [Google Mobile Services]”, tweeted.
The resource was revealed through the “euicc.seamless_transfer_enabled_in_non_qs” system property, which will be responsible for controlling the migration. But it remains to be seen which devices will support the feature in the future.
The function’s debut date is also a mystery.
Rahman further pointed out that users will be able to “convert a profile on a physical SIM card into an eSIM profile”. In this way, users will have an alternative to use the technology without having to resort to the operator.
Even so, this is a feature that may be even more limited than transferring the eSIM between cell phones.
Better late than never
Unlike Android, the iPhone already offers a native tool to migrate profiles.
The procedure takes place when activating a new iPhone, which offers the option to transfer lines from one cell to another. In this way, users do not even need to contact the operator to perform the procedure.
In addition to practicality, this function has become fundamental in the latest models.
In the end, Apple pruned the physical chip in the iPhone 14 for sale in the United States. That is, it is not possible to use physical cards in cell phones, unlike previous generations.
Apple did not say whether or not it will take this measure to other countries. But I would not be surprised if there was an expansion of this decision in 2023.
Why is eSIM transfer so important?
Concern about migration is more than necessary. After all, in 2021, Juniper Research pointed out that eSIM usage would grow by 180% by 2025especially with the help of Apple and Google.
However, the eSIM still brings some bottlenecks that give a certain advantage to the physical chip, which is just taken from a cell phone and placed in another.
This is the case with the process of activating lines on devices, as not all operators are keen to simplify this process.
With some carriers abroad, you can even download an eSIM profile directly from your phone. That is, every procedure is performed without having to leave the house.
But the same does not happen in Brazil. In fact, things around here get to be absurd.
But migration doesn’t work in Brazil
When my personal line was at Vivo, I had to go to a physical store to activate the eSIM as I was switching from an Android to an iPhone.
Even so, the process was not at all simple, because of the five stores I visited in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), only one in Barra da Tijuca, in the West Zone, carried out the procedure.
The situation gets worse: when I arrived at the only establishment that committed to providing the service, the system was unstable and only enabling physical chips worked. I had to wait an hour and a half for everything to get back to normal.
I also experienced something similar with Claro, because, even with a store close to home, I had to move to another neighborhood to enable the eSIM.
All this because I was unable to transfer the profile from an iPhone XR to an iPhone 13, as Brazilian operators do not support the feature.
In addition, when I carried out the portability, I was only able to contract the postpaid plan with an eSIM. At the time, the seller told me that it was not possible to use eSIM with pre and control lines, even though the carrier FAQ say something else:
“You can enable multiple Plans on your eSIM.
Below is some information.
Customers with Voice Plan
- Who have Prepaid or Postpaid Plans; Individuals or Legal Entities (Individuals and Legal Entities)
- Control, Easy Control, Multi Combo, Flex, Claro Mobile Internet; Individuals or Legal Entities (Individuals and Legal Entities).”
I still haven’t come to terms with such a situation at TIM. However, I’ve heard reports from friends who had the same difficulties to enable the eSIM in the operator.