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Time to use cellular services

APPLE Watch users in the Chinese mainland will be able to enjoy cellular services from today, according to a China Unicom source.

Apple and its partner China Unicom will debut the new eSIM service tomorrow, which allows Watch users to access Internet services independently, Shanghai Daily learned yesterday. Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou and Changsha will be first batch of cities offering the service. A ceremony will be held in Shanghai tomorrow to welcome the service, the source said yesterday.

Apple Watch users can access cellular services in “selected cities” initially and nationwide later this year, said Apple China website.

A cellular connection or eSIM technology is the biggest new feature on the latest Apple Watch, which allows people to use the Watch independently of the iPhone. The eSIM tech marks one of the most important tech upgrades and is a major selling point of the device.

But no China’s telecommunication carriers have supported the service since its debut in September.

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