When the Apple Watch Series 5 It was announced, we quickly saw that the American model (GPS + Cellular) was compatible with bands 3 and 7, used by Brazilian carriers. That is, in theory, both the American model of Apple Watch and the European are compatible with 4G here.
Shortly after sales began, this was confirmed at least on the sure, since in Alive everything was still not working. Good, was. Today, with the release of iOS 13.2 beta 3, the American Apple Watch Series 5 went live at Vivo!
We confirmed with three Vivo customers, including Bruno Nascimento (above), that it really started to work.
On paper, this would be the ideal scenario: even though the homologated / commercialized model in Brazil is the European one, there is no technical reason for the American not to work in Tupiniquin lands. The only reasonable explanation for this would be a software lock by Apple or its own operators for it not to work, since on paper there is no support / warranty for such hardware in Brazil.
Meanwhile, of course
For the first time, the Apple Watch Series 5 is running on Vivo's network; On the other hand, new users are no longer being able to make the watch work on Claro's network, something that until then was possible.
Strange as it may seem, Claro reported according to reports from readers of the That it actually does not yet support the Apple Watch Series 5. We will have to wait for the scenes of the next chapters to unravel this mystery.
We have entered into a contract with both operators to understand this whole imbroglio; As soon as we get official answers, we will relay the information.