Orange, Gemalto launch the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G in France with built-in SIM

Gear S2 3G smartwatchOn July 12th, Orange will launch the Samsung Gear S2 3G smartwatch, the first device equipped with an e-SIM, the new generation of SIM card, directly built into the product. Users need not do anything with the SIM card as the watch will be activated directly by the operator. Both Orange and Gemalto say that the e-SIM makes it possible to offer more refined products with an improved design on 3G Smartwatches.

With its 3G connectivity, this very practical smartwatch allows the wearer to directly receive calls, messages and mobile applications notifications, allowing users to make the most of their leisure time by leaving their smartphone at home. Something that is not always the case with some of the present smartwatches out there.

It also incorporates a GPS, a heart rate monitor and 4GB of memory to store music that the wearer can listen to on Bluetooth headphones, for example, while doing sporting activities. The Gear S2 3G smartwatch is compatible with Android smartphones and is available at a price of € 399.99 in selected Orange stores.

To benefit from this enhanced connectivity, Orange recommends mobile customers to subscribe to the Multi-SIM Calls & Internet option for € 5/month plus a € 10 activation fee.

Gemalto is providing Orange with a secure platform which enables it to manage the customer’s mobile subscription seamlessly and remotely, for the connected smartwatch with built-in SIM. This Gemalto solution complies with the first version of the specifications defined by the industry as a whole within the framework of the GSMA, an association of mobile operators and industrial players.

“We are delighted to launch this connected watch with a built-in SIM with Gemalto and Samsung and to offer our customers the very best of innovation. From now, our customers remain connected even when leaving their smartphone at home (doing sporting activities, or need to run a quick errand without having to carry their smartphones…). They will get incoming calls and notifications wherever they go,” points out Laetitia Orsini-Sharps, Marketing Director, Consumer Access Offers for Orange France

“Gemalto is currently committed to several projects involving both the industrial and the consumer sector, and is currently a leader on this market, as confirmed by the latest report from ABI Research”, said Philippe Cambriel, Executive Vice President of Gemalto. “In a world where billions of machines and individuals need to stay connected on a permanent basis, the remote management of subscriptions is essential to improve the user experience”.

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Categories: SIM, Wearable Computing

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