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Warning: American Apple Watch Series 5 (not yet?) Does not work with Brazilian carriers [atualizado: reviravolta!]

When we publish our story about the compatibility issues of the new iPhones and Apple Watches with the Brazilian 4G, we point out that the generation Series 5 the clock brings a big change over the past few years: for the first time, American models bands 3 and 7th used in our country.

Not only that, but although there is even a certain variation of bands / frequencies between models americans (A2094 40mm pro, A2095 44mm pro) and the Europeans (A2156 pro 40mm, A2157 pro 44mm), for Brazilians this makes little difference as Europeans do not support any additional bandwidth used in the country (such as 28, 700MHz APT).

That is, technically whatever for Apple to market American or European models in Brazil. Most likely it will bring Europeans, as iPhones are already there and there is also the advantage that many European countries work with a plug adapter format identical to ours.

Regardless of which models will be approved, we pointed out in the previous article that it was very likely Apple would now support the use of Apple Watches Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) in Brazil, as this is now technically possible. Still not the casebut:

Apple Watch Series 5 US Limited in Brazil

O Victor Elihimas it's the Lennon muniz, who traveled with us on different MM Tours, were two who bought Apple Watches Series 5 with cellular connectivity in the United States and unfortunately, on their return to Brazil, came across the message above while trying to add a mobile plan to the watch.

J o Breno Masi, who was with us in France to cover the arrival of the new handsets, came back with an Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) and is already using it on Claro's network with no problem.

In short, at this time the American Apple Watches Series 5 are unable to connect to Brazilian cellular networks. But unlike in past years, this is not a technical incompatibility; It is a limitation imposed by Apple itself on watchOS software. Therefore, the situation may change in the future.

Raising some possibilities:

  1. Apple has purposely limited the use of US Apple Watches Series 5 in Brazil because it only intends to send Europeans for Anatel approval and / or does not plan to support them nationwide.
  2. Apple is aware of the limitation, but still plans to enable support for US models in Brazil after some type of regulatory approval or even coinciding with the release of the Series 5 generation in our country.
  3. Apple "forgot" / was not aware of the fact that American models for the first time are technically compatible with Brazilian 4G bands and, upon learning of this, overcoming the limitation in a future watchOS update who knows already in version 6.1, which went into beta today.

We will have to wait to know what will happen. But for now, it is our recommendation that no one buy an Apple Watch Series 5 with cellular connectivity in the US unless you are doing so by the type of case material (stainless, titanium or ceramic), and not by 4G itself.

Update 09/27/2019 s 14:40

In a twist of the case, we found that yes, American Apple Watches Series 5 with cellular connectivity can now be used on the carrier's Claro network. Nothing alive yet, however.