NEW DELHI: Market leader Bharti Airtel and 4G entrant Reliance Jio will sell Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) in the country. Pre-registration with begin from May 4, 2018 and the device would be available on May 11th, 2018, both Airtel and Jio said in separate statements.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is, however, also available on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon for Rs 29.889. The Apple Watch 3 with cellular allows users to stay connected, make calls, and receive texts and more, even without iPhone nearby. It comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular, and one with GPS, both featuring a 70 percent faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip.
Reliance Jio said that “it will not charge anything additional for this supreme service where the subscriber’s Jio number doubles up and works on both the devices – the iPhone and the Apple Watch, providing the true freedom of cellular.’
“The Jio user can continue to be on any of the existing Jio plans,” the 4G entrant said, adding that it is extending this benefit for both its prepaid and postpaid subscribers.
Jio users can pre-book the Apple Watch 3 on www.Jio.com, Reliance Digital and Jio Store. It said that customers pre-booking the Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular with a Jio connection will also have the option to get a priority home delivery, where the watch and the Jio service (including Mobile Number Portability) will be home delivered, and setup for Jio customers.
The Mukesh Ambani-led telco has also set up a platinum care center trained to resolve all Apple Watch 3 related queries.
Airtel, on the other hand, said that its customers can pre-order on Airtel website.
Airtel will also offer a special introductory cellular trial. To activate cellular service with Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), customers first need to update iPhone to iOS 11.3 and watchOS 4.3, the telco added.
Airtel said that its postpaid customers on any Airtel My Plan or Infinity Plan can get connected on the Apple Watch Series 3 absolutely free of cost with their existing plan. “Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will have an electronic SIM which will be used with customer’s existing Airtel number,” it said.