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Telstra allows eSIM Windows 10 devices to use mobile plans Courtesy Microsoft

Telstra says it will allow consumers who have Windows 10-based devices with an eSIM to connect to its mobile network without any other hardware.

The telco said in a statement that from 7 March, customers with a Modern Windows PC would be able to activate a Telstra mobile broadband plan connect using the Mobile Plans app.

As to what exactly a Modern Windows PC is was not defined. iTWire has sought clarification from Telstra.

This app can detect the eSIM and take an user through the set-up process.

This form of connectivity will be initially available on devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4G LTE and the recently launched premium HP Spectre Folio and Spectre x360 4G LTE models.

The connectivity has been introduced in partnership with Microsoft.

Telstra’s Consumer Segment executive Kevin Teoh said the solution would suit people who were on the go and needed connectivity or greater security than through public Wi-Fi.

“In line with Telstra’s drive towards simpler customer experiences, Telstra and Microsoft are offering customers a new way to connect to Australia’s fastest mobile network," he said.

"eSIM makes it possible to connect your compatible Windows 10 Modern PC to the internet, without having to go to a store or collect a SIM. It will be easier than ever before to connect on the go.

“We fully expect this functionality to become more prevalent with a number of new eSIM-capable Windows-based devices already slated for launch through 2019.”

Erin Chapple, corporate vice-president, platforms engineering, Microsoft, said: “Telstra’s addition to the growing ecosystem of mobile operators providing LTE connectivity for PCs is an important step for both consumers and small business customers who need to connect on the go.”

Microsoft director of Consumer and Device Sales, Neil Gordon said: “We’re committed to providing our consumer and SMB customers with seamless connectivity solutions they would expect from a modern Windows device, which adapts perfectly to their lives and their needs.

“We know people lead dynamic lives and increasingly are looking for flexibility to choose how they get online. This Mobile Plans partnership with Telstra will allow Australian users with a compatible Modern Windows PC to experience a much simpler connectivity experience to get online in Australia."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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