Orange Launches First Connected Watch with eSIM in France

Orange Launches First Connected Watch with eSIM in France Image Credit: Samsung

Orange has launched the first connected watch, Samsung Gear S2 3G smartwatch with embedded e-SIM, the new generation of SIM card that can be activated remotely by the operator in France. Orange is the second carrier in Europe to offer eSIM compatibility, O2 is the other carrier who offers the device in the UK.

The smartwatch which costs 399 Euro allows the wearer to directly receive calls, messages and mobile applications notifications. 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. 

To benefit from this enhanced connectivity, Orange recommends mobile customers to subscribe to the Multi-SIM Calls & Internet option for 5 Euro/month plus a 10 Euro activation fee. Orange is leveraging a secure platform from Gemalto to enable it to manage the subscription seamlessly and remotely. According to Gemalto, its solution complies with the first version of the specifications defined by the industry as a whole within the framework of the GSMA.

Laetitia Orsini-Sharps, Marketing Director, Consumer Access Offers for Orange France
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.

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.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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