New Zealand-based Apple Watch owners will finally be able to take advantage of the wearable’s cellular features. Local carrier Spark has launched support for eSIM alongside Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services.
Until now, New Zealanders has been unable to use cellular-capable Apple Watch models, thanks to Apple wireless network functionality implementation. (Apple uses virtual eSIM models in place of the traditional physical SIM cards.)
Until Spark’s announcement, no carriers in the country supported eSim cards, requiring Watch users to keep their wearables tethered to their iPhone or use known Wi-Fi networks for their data and phone call needs.
Cellular data on Apple’s Watch allows users to make and receive calls, send messages, and stream music without the need for a connected iPhone. Cellular support also allows for free international emergency calling.
Spark launched the new eSIM support with the One Number Wearable Plan. At the moment the plan only supports the Apple Watch Series 5. Spark says more devices will be added in the future.
The One Number Wearable plan is $12.99 per month, and provides unlimited data to the Apple wearable device, though speeds can be throttled once usage goes past 40GB.
GPS + Cellular Apple Watch Series 5 models are available to purchase in New Zealand for NZ$929, a NZ$200 premium over the GPS-only model.