Xiaomi has just announced that you can enable eSIM on their smartphones in Malaysia. This covers a variety of models including the Mi 8, POCOPHONE F1 and even the Redmi 4A.
With eSIM, you no longer need a physical card as it uses an embedded SIM to identify itself with a telco. In Malaysia, Xiaomi is collaborating with Durian Man to provide this eSIM service. The eSIM feature is already supported on the Mi 8, POCOPHONE F1, Mi MIX 2S, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Mi Max 3, Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite.
It is also possible to enable eSIM on the Redmi Note 4X, Redmi 4A, Redmi Note 5A Prime, Redmi Note 5A, Redmi 5A, Redmi 4X, Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 5 Plus and Redmi Note 4. However, you’ll need to download the Durian Man app from the Google Play Store and the device needs to be running on MIUI 9.6 or later.
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To activate the eSIM, you have to go to one of the five authorised Mi Stores located at KLCC, Pavilion, Mid Valley, One Utama and IOI City Mall in Putrajaya.
For local data, Durian Man offers the following monthly options:
4GB data + 60 minutes of calls – RM14.15
8GB data + 500 minutes of calls – RM28
16GB data + 1,000 minutes of calls – RM45
128GB data – RM200
You can also use the eSIM to stay connected overseas. At the moment, they have revealed its unlimited roaming option in Singapore for RM8, Thailand at RM5 and Japan at RM10. For Hong Kong and China, roaming costs RM3. Although it says unlimited, it appears that speeds will be throttled once you’ve hit a certain limit.
According to Mi Malaysia, this eSIM service is currently offered as a pilot test in the Klang Valley and they will expand to other states at a later time. They also added that Durian Man eSIM offers nationwide coverage on Celcom’s network.
Take note that you can only have two SIMs running at the same time. This means if you enable an eSIM, you can only use one physical SIM card at the same time.