An eSIM is an embedded SIM which is built into a device and needs to be enabled by a mobile network to function.
The technology is used by Apple’s iPhone Xs range (Samsung Galaxy watches, Google Pixel phones, etc), in addition to a physical SIM slot – allowing for dual-SIM functionality. Embedded SIMs are also found in smart wearables from major device manufacturers like Samsung and Apple, allowing them to connect to mobile networks and function with a cellular connection.
Vodacom said users will be charged a R25 monthly fee for data sharing on the LTE connection across the smartphone and wearable. A R98 once-off connection fee for the service will also be applicable.