What is an eSIM voucher?

Learn about the eSIM voucher, a new digital alternative to physical SIM cards

An eSIM voucher contains a digital SIM that lets you access a cellular plan without having to insert a physical SIM card. This eSIM voucher also allows you to use up to 2 phone numbers on select smartphones.

An eSIM voucher cannot be inserted or removed.

What you need

- iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
-iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR
- Google Pixel 4 / 4 XL
- Google Pixel 3A / 3A XL
- Motorola Razr (Single SIM only)
TELUS wireless prepaid or postpaid planTELUS wireless prepaid or postpaid plan
iOS 12.1 or newerAndroid Q (10) or newer
eSIM vouchereSIM voucher
Available as a secondary line only. Primary line on the iPhone must be a physical SIM.Available as a primary or secondary line.

(For business customers available as a secondary line only. Primary line on the smartphone must be a physical SIM.)

How do I set it up?

Access device-specific interactive tutorials on how to set up eSIMs.

As a Secondary Line

  1. Select your rate plan and features
  2. Go to Settings, then Cellular
  3. Tap the Add cellular plan button
  4. Scan the QR code on your eSIM voucher until you see a message that says “A cellular plan from TELUS is ready to be added to the iPhone"
  5. Choose labels for each of your cellular plans
  6. Set your default line

As a primary line on a Google Pixel (not available to business customers)

  1. Turn on the device
  2. Select Don’t have a SIM card option
  3. Connect to a WI-FI network
  4. Select TELUS as your network
  5. Scan QR code on TELUS eSIM voucher with camera

As the only line on a Motorola Razr

  1. Turn on the device
  2. Select Start SIM-free setup
  3. Connect to a WI-FI network
  4. Copy apps and data using Google Account (optional)
  5. Provide permissions to Google Terms & Conditions
  6. Scan QR code on TELUS eSIM voucher with camera

As a secondary line

  1. Settings/Network and Internet
  2. Select the + sign
  3. Select Don’t have a SIM card? Download your SIM instead
  4. Select TELUS as the network provider
  5. Scan the QR code found on the voucher

How does Dual-SIM work?

Using a physical SIM card and an electronic SIM card (eSIM), you can use two phone numbers on one smartphone. Both the phone numbers can make and receive voice calls, and send and receive text messages (SMS) and multimedia messages (MMS).

This means you can have your personal and business phone numbers on one device or you can add a second phone line when travelling internationally.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

1. What rate plans are available for eSIM?
Any in-market TELUS Mobility rate plan (prepaid or postpaid) is available on eSIM.
For business, EPP and corporate accounts, the eSIM voucher must only be activated on the second line with a BYOD plan. The physical SIM must always be activated first.

2. Do I need an active physical SIM in my device to activate an eSIM?
Compatible Android smartphone: No, a non-business customer can activate a device using an eSIM voucher on compatible Android devices on Android 10 and newer. Business customers are required to first insert an active physical SIM card prior to using an eSIM voucher on a second line.

Compatible iOS smartphone: At this time, compatible iOS smartphones require a physical SIM card to be activated first in order to use an eSIM voucher on a second line.

3. How do I know which line I’m using at any given time?
Each line is individually labelled to differentiate between numbers. These labels can be customized. These labels may vary depending on the operating system and the active carrier.

4. What happens when I receive a call on my secondary line while I am on a call on my primary line?
Both lines can be connected to the network at all times. While on a call using one line, the other line is in standby. If you receive a call on the other line while on a call using the first line, the incoming call will go to voicemail.

5. If both the lines have mobile data, which one can I use and which one will show on my bill?
Both lines can access mobile data but only one line can access mobile data at any given time to prevent duplicating charges. Your usage will reflect the line that you have selected to use as the default at any given time. The default line can be changed in your device settings.

6. I currently have two mobile lines at TELUS on two devices. Can I transfer one of my phone numbers to an eSIM so that I can have both the phone numbers on one device?
To move one of your phone numbers to an eSIM, purchase a voucher at a TELUS store and complete a SIM-swap using self-serve by calling *611 or in store.

7. How will I be billed for calls and text messages?
Calls and messages are billed according to the wireless plan associated with the line used at any given time. Overage rates may apply if you exceed your allotment of voice minutes or messages.

8. When travelling, can I use a foreign carrier’s eSIM on my TELUS phone?
Yes, if available, customers can use a foreign carrier’s eSIM plan when travelling to countries outside of Canada if the network is compatible with the device. When you return home, you can switch from your foreign carrier's eSIM to your local eSIM.

9. What happens if I roam abroad?
Roaming rates and services are billed according to your postpaid rate plan. View our support article on how you will be charged while travelling
for more details on roaming.

10. Can I activate a eSIM from another carrier on my TELUS smartphone?
Yes, TELUS customers can activate a eSIM from another carrier on their TELUS eSIM capable phone. The other carrier must support eSIM functionality on the device.

11. When I upgrade my device, how do I transfer the number associated to my eSIM to another phone?
Upon upgrading, request an eSIM voucher at a TELUS store and complete a SIM-swap using self-serve, by calling *611, or in store.

12. Can I delete my eSIM profile?
You can delete your eSIM profile by going to your phone’s network/cellular settings and locating the line (eSIM profile) you want to delete. When you delete your eSIM profile, you are not cancelling the line on the network so you will continue to be billed.

13. If I delete my eSIM profile from one phone, can I scan the eSIM voucher again into another phone?
No, once an eSIM profile is deleted from the phone, you cannot scan the same eSIM voucher into another phone. An eSIM voucher can only be used and scanned once. You must purchase an eSIM voucher at your nearest TELUS store and complete a SIM-swap using self-serve by calling *611 or in store.

Note: TELUS and its subsidiaries (“TELUS”) are not responsible for loss of carrier service as a result of an eSIM download wipe performed on any non-TELUS eSIM. If your phone’s eSIM line is currently active through a carrier other than TELUS, you are responsible for obtaining and activating a new eSIM card from the carrier. You are responsible for any charges that your carrier may apply for a replacement eSIM card.

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