If you are manufacturing a fairly dumb IoT device then it is virtually impossible to use an eSIM in it.
We will consider a fairly simple IoT device that requires mobile connectivity – a dog tracker. But the same problems apply to all consumer IoT devices.
A dog tracker is a good example of a device that would benefit greatly from having an eSIM fitted to it:
1. It needs to be as small as possible – SIM card slot takes up quite a lot of space
2. A benefit would be had from having the device waterproof – as dogs often jump in lakes
3. Consumers appreciate the ability to be able to conveniently switch carriers
The problem arises because there are 2 very different kinds of eSIM and neither of these are currently suitable for Consumer IoT devices such as dog trackers. Both kinds require DIFFERENT eUICC chips to be fitted to the IoT device.
M2M eSIMs are programmed remotely. This means that the device and the mobile service must both be provided by a service provider. Open market consumer channels are used to selling consumer devices but are not happy with supplying mobile service as it requires ongoing specialist support.
Consumer eSIMs allow the consumer to source both the IoT device and the mobile service ( usually in the form of a QR code ) through normal open market channels. However unless the IoT device has a camera ( or keyboard/screen ) the consumer is not able to input the activation code from the QR into the device.
The end result of this is that the IoT device manufacturer is not able to install eSIMs in their device at manufacture.
CoSpeed have solved this problem by providing technology for the device manufacturer to build into their device at manufacture so that the CoSpeed mobile App can be used to scan a regular consumer eSIM QR code and download the profile into the device.