Apple has just announced on their respective websites that the Apple Watch Series 3 with 4G will arrive in Denmark, Sweden and India next May 11, with opening of reservations on the 4th of the same month. This is good news for those who are waiting for the arrival of this watch in more countries, although for the moment it leaves out Spain and Latin America, which will have to continue waiting.
The slow expansion of the Apple Watch cell phone
The Apple Watch Series 3 with 4G is available in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore. The latter two received the networked model last February. And today, just three years after its original launch, Apple is adding Denmark, Sweden and India to the list.
The expansion and availability of this device is being slower than usual for an Apple product. The reason is that the company must reach agreements with local telephone operators , just as it did with the original iPhone. As we discussed in this morning’s talk, this is a topic that falls on the shoulders of the phone companies.
The Apple Watch Series 3 with 4G finally reaches more European countries
The increase in countries that support the Apple Watch Series 3 with 4G is reminiscent of the expansion of Apple Pay. Over the years, Cupertino’s company has been slow to add banks and financial partners. In the case of Spain, Apple Pay landed on December 1, 2016 with Banco Santander, just over two years after its launch.
Luckily, operators are embracing the Apple Watch cell phone with greater speed . Although there is a cloud on the horizon that could affect future versions of the Apple 4G clock.
Several US operators accused of collusion
Last week the New York Times published an investigation by the US Department of Justice into the operators Verizon and AT&T. According to the newspaper, both operators had reached a secret agreement to restrict the flexibility of the eSIM.
Our colleagues in Xataka describe eSIM as follows:
The eSIM is just the type of chip used by the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE and other Apple devices that have the SIM card integrated, such as some iPad Pro models. The eSIM allows you to change the carrier from the device itself, dispensing with the current tedious administrative process where a physical card is required and programming the portability.
Verizon and AT&T would have reached an illegal agreement that would also involve the standard’s developer, the GSMA. Under this agreement, operators would be able to block devices from operating solely on their network, preventing portability. This measure goes against the spirit of the eSIM since it does not even ask the user if he agrees to accept the conditions.
Apple Watch Series 3 (sin LTE), análisis: la generación del equilibrio.
The curious thing is that the publication states that the investigation began five months ago following the filing of two formal complaints by a manufacturer and another operator. At least one NYT source claims that Apple is the manufacturer mentioned. If this point is confirmed, the dates would be close to the launch of the cellular model in the United States and the other countries.
The development of future models with 4G connection could be affected by this research
As a result of the research, the GSMA has decided to suspend the development of the latest eSIM standard. This would affect future models of Apple Watch with a network connection. At the moment, the scope of this measure is unknown.
In any case, the arrival of the Apple Watch Series 3 with 4G in more countries is good news. It is possible that the launch in Spain and Latin America is not so far away .