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multiple eSIM (Android 13 and MEP)

(Topic created on: 11-12-2022 07:47 AM)
SergeDV
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I understand that with the introduction of Android 13, there is now functionality to activate multiple eSIMs simultaneously. Google call it MEP (multiple enabled profiles).

I also understand that this functionality is backwardly compatible for phones that have eSIM hardware (eUICC) installed - like my Flip 3 & 4.

This means that we don't have to toggle between eSIMs when we want to use a different eSIM (since only one eSIM can be active at any time, regardless of how many you have installed on the phone) and so, for example, activate more than one phone number simultaneously. 

Does anyone have know how this functionality can be enable on Samsung phones that have Android 13? I have Android 13 on my Flip but I still can only enable one eSIM at a time.

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zimma71
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Don't you need to have a dual Sim phone as with mine is dual SIM I don't need to convert one SIM to the other they are both active at the same time hence I can make calls and receive calls from a SIM card without having to toggle switch
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robd1
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Hello @SergeDV, it does not matter what your phone is capable of if your service provider does not support it. You need to start there.
JAMES4578
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It seems to be O2, EE and  Vodaphone that  support esims and there may still be some restrictions.  A list of compatible Devices in this article https://www.4g.co.uk/news/what-is-an-e-sim-everything-you-need-to-know/  

I do not work for Samsung or make Samsung Products but provide independent advice and valuable contributions.


My Device- S21 Ultra 5G ( SM-998B/DS ) CSC= BTU , 12GB/256GB
One Ui 5.0,Android 13 .

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SergeDV
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Thanks for the responses people. Just to clarify:

I'm not talking about general eSIM support - both my phone carriers support it (A1 and TIM here in Europe) and so does my phone Flip 3 at a hardware level (I currently toggle between 2 eSIM profiles along with a standard nano SIM which works simultaneously with one of the eSIMs).

What I am talking about is the MEP functionality that Google recently added to Android 13 which is, as I understand, a software/firmware upgrade to better use the phone's eUICC hardware - it multiplexes the use of the onboard modem to allow two eSIM profiles (2 phone numbers from 2 different carriers, for example) to operate at the same time. 

So, in my eyes, this is carrier independent and, as I thought, phone manufacturer independent. Am I missing something?

Blinky-Bill
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I’ve been waiting ever since hearing about Multiple Enabled Profiles in the media since April 2022. It was reported to be coming in Android 13 but I was disappointed to find no evidence of it when I updated to 13.

If indeed it exists as a feature already, it appears that no android manufacturers have taken advantage of it.

I have moved my primary number to an eSIM and would love to have the possibility when travelling for my 2nd SIM in my S22 Ultra to be another eSIM rather than to now be limited to physical SIMs.

I suspect this feature will come with the next android version, but the question is when.