Smart has quietly listed an option for users to purchase prepaid eSIMs on its website, becoming the first telco in the country to allow such an option for consumers. As spotted by eagle-eyed users in the Philippine iOS group, Smart listed the new prepaid eSIM on its website, which will cost Php 99 for anyone who wants one.
With more and more phones nowadays removing the option to have a second physical SIM and replacing it with an eSIM, it was only natural for the Smart to offer the service to the public sooner rather than later. This will come in handy for people who bought phones like the new Pixel 7s and new iPhones which have their second SIM slot provisioned exclusively for an eSIM and not a physical SIM like before.
We only have a few details about the new service, though Smart has scheduled a press conference on Monday to further discuss the features of their new prepaid eSIM. One thing that can’t be disputed though is that they’re the first telco in the country to offer a prepaid eSIM, as both DITO and Globe still do not provide it.
Take note that you won’t be able to transfer your current number to the eSIM that you buy – according to people who have bought the first Smart prepaid eSIM in the company’s store, you’ll be given a new number when buying a prepaid eSIM from them.
The eSIM will work on the company’s 5G, 4G, LTE, 3G, and 2G networks, and will come with up to 21GB of free data on purchase plus free calls and texts to all networks for 7 days.
We’ll know more about the SMART prepaid eSIM and the other service details by Monday.