O Apple Watch with cellular connectivity arrived relatively fast in Brazil about eight months after the release of the Apple Watch Series 3, which was the first to bring the feature. Perhaps that is why it has gone unnoticed by us a rather annoying fact (for Apple): the expansion of the watch with LTE is being very very slow.
The latest country to be honored with the arrival of Apple Watch with cellular connectivity was the New Zealand. The most expensive models of the watch landed by 1 yesterday (13/12), in partnership with Apple and local operator Spark It is the first in the country to support eSIM and special plans for wearable devices.
In the Oceania country, only Apple Watch Series 5 can be purchased with cellular connectivity, and Spark charges NZ $ 13 per month for customers to connect their watch to their plans; For this value, they can make unlimited calls, send messages, stream music and use applications, as well as access emergency services internationally.
Prior to New Zealand, the last countries receiving Apple Watch with cellular connectivity had been the austria and the Finlandlast June; days later the watch came to Israel. After that, nothing more until today's news ie more than six months without expansions.
Today, Apple Watch with cellular connectivity is available in the following countries:
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
Did they count? There are a total of 33 territories, admittedly including all major Apple markets, but leaving out much of the world and several major countries, such as Portugal.
Of course, the issue here is not just Apple's business, but a number of external factors from regulatory agencies to local operators' willingness to support eSIM. Anyway, if Ma really wants to popularize her watch with cellular connectivity, it might be a good idea to put more emphasis on his expansion.
via MacRumors | photo: Robert Galbraith /Reuters