To all the gadget freaks out there, buck up. This time, Airtel and Jio have announced their partnership with Apple for the launch of Apple Watch Series 3GPS+ Cellular in India. Further, the pre-ordering for this watch would be available, starting from 4 May on Jio.com, Reliance Digital stores, Jio stores and the Airtel website. Also, the wearable would officially go on sale starting from 11 May across all the above-mentioned platforms.
Though the GPS+ Cellular version isn’t officially on sale yet, it has still been listed on the Apple website where users can compare it to the GPS only variant. The GPS model has been in the Indian market since last year with two further variants also available. Like, the sport-band form costs ₹32,380 and the Nike+ band form is priced at ₹32,470.
To know more, the GPS+ Cellular variant of the Apple Watch Series 3 came into the international market back in September, when it was launched alongside the iPhone 8. India didn’t witness it then, but it’s here now.
The GPS+ Cellular is different from the GPS (only) Apple Watch Series 3 in the way that it supports a built-in embedded SIM (eSIM) which enables network connectivity.
More on the Watch:
Right at this time, the user might want to purchase the Apple Watch. However, Apple doesn’t have a provision for that, yet. So, in order to use the Apple Watch Series 3, it is necessary for the user to own an iPhone 6 or a later model with the minimum requirement of iOS 11. The reason behind this remains that the eSIM in the Apple Watch allows the user to retain the same cellular number as the one available on their iPhone.
Ordering the watch:
To add more, Jio customers would be entitled to priority first-day home delivery. This package would include both the Apple Watch and relevant Jio service. However, Jio has no plans of passing additional charges for using the wearable. Users can continue with the same prepaid or postpaid plan that they already have. Both devices would be simultaneously working off the same tariff.
On the other hand, Airtel users would have to specifically subscribe to one of the Infinity tariff plans in order to have the same cellular number on the iPhone as well as the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS+ Cellular.
The new Apple Watch Series 3 would be going up against the Huawei Watch 2, one of the other popular options among smart 4G-enabled wearables available in India. The Huawei Watch boasts of an onboard storage of 4GB, but the Apple Watch Series 3 with network connectivity offers a whopping 16GB instead. Even the non-cellular version offers 8GB, which is double of what Huawei has in the market.