When Samsung announced the Gear S2 3G model back in September, stating that the device would allow users to make calls, send texts, and receive them from their wrists, the Korean giant noted that the e-SIM would come to its smartwatches allows Gear S2 3G users to use their devices on a given carrier network without the need for a carrier SIM card to allow these wrist wearables to operate.
At the same time, however, the current Gear S2 3G is based on carrier-locked technology that mandates users activate the device on a given network and then stay there. Gear S2 3G users who decide to leave, however, can’t take their device to another network; they must purchase a new device for a new carrier, making their old Gear S2 3G smartwatch of no use.
Samsung wants to keep its users free to use the company’s devices no matter where they roam, with the company announcing today the creation of the world’s first 3G smartwatch with a GSMA Compliant eSIM, called the Gear S2 Classic 3G.
The Gear S2 Classic 3G is not the world’s first 3G-connected smartwatch, but it is the world’s first 3G-connected smartwatch to feature a GSMA compliant eSIM. The Gear S2 3G model features a carrier-locked SIM, but the Gear S2 Classic 3G, however, is the first carrier-neutral smartwatch from Samsung that allows you to switch carriers without hassle with an electronic SIM (or e-SIM). The company has been working with Vodafone, Orange, and others to “create a technical specification, which will allow users to download a mobile network operator’s profile to eSIM-powered companion devices,” according to the company’s official announcement.
The Gear S2 Classic 3G lets users download a carrier profile whenever they want to commit to a carrier, but users can then take the Gear S2 Classic 3G model to another carrier if they like. This, in effect, frees the Gear S2 Classic (and subsequent 3G smartwatches) to be carrier-free, carrier-neutral, unlocked by default and no longer subject to carriers for 3G cellular connectivity – a true win for smartwatches in the future, as consumers desire to use them apart from their smartphones.