US 11,758,384 B2
Primary esim activation for wireless device with physical sim
Raj S. Chaugule, Santa Clara, CA (US); He Zheng, Irvine, CA (US); Li Li, Los Altos, CA (US); Vikram Bhaskara Yerrabommanahalli, Saratoga, CA (US); and Chandiramohan Vasudevan, Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Assigned to Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)
Filed by Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)
Filed on Sep. 3, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/446,939.
Prior Publication US 2023/0073252 A1, Mar. 9, 2023
Int. Cl. H04W 8/20 (2009.01); H04W 8/18 (2009.01); H04W 12/42 (2021.01); H04W 60/04 (2009.01)
CPC H04W 8/183 (2013.01) [H04W 8/205 (2013.01); H04W 12/42 (2021.01); H04W 60/04 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A method for installing and activating an electronic Subscriber Identity Module (eSIM) for access to services of a mobile network operator (MNO) by a mobile wireless device, the method comprising:
by the mobile wireless device:
sending, to a network-based server, a request activation message to initiate eSIM installation and activation;
receiving, from the network-based server, responsive to successful authentication of a user of the mobile wireless device, an eSIM installation message indicating the eSIM reserved for the mobile wireless device and a first ICCID value for a physical SIM (pSIM) installed in the mobile wireless device at a time of manufacture;
determining whether the first ICCID value matches a second ICCID value of a pSIM included in the mobile wireless device; and when i) the first ICCID value matches the second ICCID value and ii) a non-cellular connection is unavailable and cannot be established for provisioning and activation of the eSIM:
establishing a secure over-the-air (OTA) cellular connection to an MNO provisioning server associated with the eSIM via a limited functionality of the pSIM;
obtaining, via the secure OTA cellular connection, the eSIM from the MNO provisioning server;
installing the eSIM on an embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) of the mobile wireless device; and
sending, to the MNO provisioning server, an indication of successful installation of the eSIM on the eUICC of the mobile wireless device.