China Blocks Cellular Access for Apple Watch Series 3 [Report]

China Blocks Cellular Access for Apple Watch Series 3 [Report]

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China has blocked cellular access for the new Apple Watch Series 3, reports the WSJ. The feature was briefly available before being abruptly cut off without explanation.

It's speculated that the Chinese government is concerned about how it will track users of the device due to its eSIM.

The benefit of a device carrying an eSIM is that, with software, users can choose a telecom operator and a communications plan. But in China, that new system raises the question of how carriers and regulators can track the device user’s identity.

“The eSIM [system] isn’t mature enough yet in China,” one analyst said. “The government still needs to figure out how they can control the eSIM.”

China Unicom began offering cellular service for the Apple Watch on September 22nd and cut off new subscriptions on September 28th, saying the feature had been offered on a trial basis.

Apple has now issued a statement saying, "We were informed by China Unicom that the new cellular feature on the Apple Watch Series 3 has been suspended."

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China Blocks Cellular Access for Apple Watch Series 3 [Report]
bigjiba - October 22, 2017 at 1:14pm
apple doesn't know how to play well in china. such idiots need to understand how things work over there. tim cook needs get over there and make a presence and invest locally.
TuJan - October 20, 2017 at 10:09am
What the article saying is bullshit. All Chinese know the reason of block the cellular of the AppleWatch is to block virtual SIM which allowed one phone number can used by two or more device. In case of misused by telecommunication fraud .I guess author get the salary just sitting in the front of the computer at home rather than do a little research. And reporting about China always take bias to fool the people of America.
D4xM4Nx - October 20, 2017 at 8:55am
Corrupt, keen on censorship MFs... Like net neutrality, when gone in the U.S., things won't look any better for the rest of the world.
4 leaf clover - October 20, 2017 at 4:14am
They have to copy the the design
MUKAI - October 19, 2017 at 9:33pm
Damn chinks
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