Since the release of the Apple Watch Series 3 (the first with cellular connectivity), models GPS + Cellular Watches approved and sold in Brazil are the same as those sold in Europe and Asia. Although the scenario remains very similar to the arrival of the Apple Watch Series 5, we had a major change this year.
For the first time, GPS + Cellular models marketed in the United States are supported by bands 3 (1,800MHz) and 7th (2,600MHz) used by operators here in Brazil for the 4G as well as the European / Asian models. It is noteworthy that no model manufactured by Apple supports band 28 (700MHz APT).
Technically speaking, then you could buy a connectivity watch in the US at a good price and use it in Brazil. The problem is no good just being compatible, as Apple itself or Brazilian carriers could somehow limit its use on Brazilian land by blocking the network access of these models (because they are not sold here).
As soon as the Apple Watch Series 5 was released, we reported that it was only operating in Brazil on Claro's network; shortly thereafter, Vivo began to support with the release of iOS 13.2 beta 3; At the same time, users were no longer able to activate the clock on Claro's network, something that went back to work after a few days.
With so many uncertainties, we seek operators to clarify these doubts once and for all. And we have great news: both confirmed to yes, it will support the American Apple Watch Series 5!
Here is the statement of sure:
Claro reports that it did not have any technical activation lock for the Apple Watch Series 5 for individuals.
And the Alive:
Vivo announces that Apple Watches Series 5 (GPS + Mobile) purchased in the United States may be activated on our network with the upcoming iOS update, which is coming soon.
It is worth noting that TIM Apple is testing support for Apple Watch and will soon be marketing a plan to anyone who wants to use the watch on her network.
Claro Sync (carrier plan for those who have a GPS + Cellular watch) costs R $ 29.90 per month, while Vivo Sync comes out for R $ 19.90. We'll see how much TIM's service will cost when it's launched.
Update 10/25/2019 s 16:58
Vivo informed the which has a special offer for the Apple Watch Series 5 launch. In several carrier stores, the 44mm aluminum watch (GPS) is coming out for $ 4,199 (or at $ 12x).
In addition, those who buy a watch at Vivo will be entitled to the Vivo Sync plan for free until August 31, 2020, saving R $ 19.99 per month. Remembering that subscribe to Vivo Sync, I need to have a postpaid plan.