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British SIM software provider Truphone says its eSIM connectivity will be available on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones.

Last year, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL became the first major brand to become eSIM-compatible. An eSIM is an embedded chip in the phone that is software writable.

Apple has included eSIM capability in the new iPhone XS and XR range.

Truphone offers eSIM for Pixel 3 in the US, the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Spain.

A statement from Truphone said Google was expanding its eSIM capabilities to allow choice of plans from carriers who offer the feature.

It added that Google had announced a program for Android device makers that utilises the eSIM support to enable any Android phone maker to build eSIM-capable smartphones.

Truphone said it was opening its SIM technology to other mobile operators to launch eSIM-enabled devices. Its GSMA-accredited remote SIM provisioning platform allows mobile operators to provide support for eSIM enabled devices any time, over the air.

Steve Alder, chief business development officer at Truphone, said: “As Google expands its eSIM capabilities on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, we are incredibly proud that Truphone is a carrier partner for the Android space – and is an integral part of the eSIM ecosystem for Android users.

“We’ve been able to offer support for eSIM on many device ecosystems so swiftly because — unlike many other carriers — we’ve used our own technology to get our network live on the Pixel 3 and Android-enabled digital eSIM. That’s our own SIM technology, our own remote provisioning platform and our own digital profiles—all accredited by the GSMA.

"It’s increasingly clear that the eSIM is the future of cellular connectivity and we’re offering our technology to other carriers which may wish to join us in the Android eSIM landscape.”

Ralph Steffens, chief executive at Truphone, commented, “This new technology signifies a massive shift in the telecommunications industry. It’s having an impact on everyone from phone providers to chipset manufacturers to mobile network operators.

"But most importantly, it directly impacts businesses and consumers by offering them more flexibility over their mobile connectivity. We are thrilled to be one of the first organisations to offer competitive and functional solutions for those using eSIM on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Moreover, we look forward to providing the technology to enable other operators do the same.”


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