Telco 2degrees, which earlier this year merged with Vocus NZ, has enabled embedded subscriber identity module (eSIM) functionality on a range of popular devices from Apple, Samsung and Oppo.
Users can have two SIMs active on a single handset, a physical one and an embedded one.
Setting up an eSIM only requires users to scan a QR code with their device.
However, unlike with a physical card, to swap eSIMs between devices, a subscriber has to call 2degrees.
The eSIMs will work on 2degrees recently launched 5G service in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the telco said.
"This is ideal for those who currently juggle a work and personal mobile, want to use a local SIM while roaming overseas, or have a backup services on their phone.
Now they can use a single device and virtually switch between SIMs,” Zac Summers, 2degrees chief marketing and strategy officer, said.
eSIMs have been in use overseas for the last six years, but so far Spark has been the sole New Zealand telco to sell them, with Vodafone still mulling a launch of the digital SIMs.
The eSIMs will be available for business customers initially, and can be obtained from their account managers, business dealers and 2degrees stores.
Consumer oriented eSIMs will be available later this month, 2degrees said.
Supported devices include:
- Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, all iPhone 11, 12 & 13 ranges, iPhone SE 2020, and SE 2022 with the latest iOS installed.
- Samsung Galaxy S20, S21 and S22 ranges (excluding FE models), Note20 and Note20 Ultra, Samsung Fold and Flip models
- Oppo Find X3 Pro, Find X5, Find X5 Pro
- Apple iPad Mini 5th gen (2019) and later
- iPad Air 3rd gen (2019) and later
- iPad Pro 3rd gen (2018)