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#271888 30-May-2020 23:20
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For those of us holding our collective breath on Vodafone's promise of eSim by mid 2020, we will either have to jump ship to Spark or face another year of delay.

 

I was already prepared to jump ship when Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 5 LTE last year, but Vodafone begged everyone to stay with the promise that they would have eSIM by "mid 2020". Vodafone cited the past few weeks of COVID-19 issues as the reason for the additional year of delay. One wonders if they had actually made any progress over the previous 9 months since their first promise, or why they waited until it was time to deliver before announcing the next delay.

 

Hello, Spark! Here I come!

 

From Vodafone eSIM page ...

 

"As part of our 5G ecosystem rollout, we will integrate eSIMs for eligible mobile devices. We’re expecting to have this functionality available on Pay Monthly plans in 2021."

 

"...as there is eSIM capability and features in the 4G environment, we will aim to support this when we begin rolling out eSIMs in 2021, with delays from originally expected timelines as a result of COVID-19 and project reprioritisation."

 

 


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Master Geek


  #2495468 30-May-2020 23:54
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I actually did that today and just read this. Walked into a Spark store, bought the buy one get one free Apple Watch deal and will have a ESIM on my watch. Had enough of waiting for Vodafone and looks like it was the right move.


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  #2514366 29-Jun-2020 12:27
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Oh... really disappointed to hear this. I'm currently on Vodafone for my personal SIM, and work was on a Spark eSIM - but work has just switched to Vodafone. Real first world problem but I do not want to carry two phones... so may need to look at switching.

 

It makes me wonder what in COVID-19 meant they had to divert resources/reprioritise? And also how close they were to release/what level of work had been put in (especially given the length of the delay). Not that I know what's involved in developing eSIM functionality.





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  #2514379 29-Jun-2020 12:41
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It is a bit of a shame but at least they have extended their free 5G add on until June 30 2021


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  #2514385 29-Jun-2020 12:58
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halper86:

 

It is a bit of a shame but at least they have extended their free 5G add on until June 30 2021

 

 

@halper86 When Spark launch 5G I bet this will be scrapped in minutes anyway


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  #2514389 29-Jun-2020 13:14
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I also just jumed from vodafone to spark for esim support.




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  #2514524 29-Jun-2020 15:34
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Linux:

 

halper86:

 

It is a bit of a shame but at least they have extended their free 5G add on until June 30 2021

 

 

@halper86 When Spark launch 5G I bet this will be scrapped in minutes anyway

 

 

They did that when Spark launched 4G. 





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