New Delhi: Google on Tuesday announced eSIM wireless service on its Pixel 3 smartphone with Reliance Jio and Airtel telecom carriers in India.
“Pixel 2 was the first major smartphone with eSIM, and now, on Pixel 3, we’re expanding eSIM support to more carriers. If you’re in the U.S. and would like to purchase a phone that has eSIM, head over to Google Fi or the Google Store. If you’re in Germany, look out for the ability to purchase Pixel 3 with eSIM functionality from Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone soon. Sprint in the U.S., EE in the UK, Airtel and Reliance Jio in India, and Truphone and Gigsky in various countries will also roll out eSIM support for Pixel 3 in the coming months,” Google wrote in its blog.
Google was the first smartphone vendor to support built-in eSIMs with its Project Fi -- now called Google Fi -- network last year.
Launched in October, Pixel 3 costs Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant. The Pixel 3 XL is available at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs 92,000 for the 128GB model.
"With eSIM, we hope to bring you instant connectivity across more carrier networks, and devices in the Google ecosystem—from Android smartphones to Chromebooks to Wear OS smartwatches," it added.
Google said, to enable a consistent and simple experience across the ecosystem, it also creating a program that allows Android device makers to build eSIM-capable smartphones.