Hot on the back of Apple's announcement of the new Watch Series 3, the first Aussie telco to support its integrated eSIM has come out swinging. Telstra's new One Number service will let you hook up your phone and wearable to the same phone number and mobile data plan.
There's no pricing announced for One Number just yet, nor any official confirmation of when it'll be available. The timing of the announcement, though, strongly suggests that it'll launch alongside the Apple Watch Series 3 on September 22. It'll initially be available to post-paid consumer customers, though Telstra says it'll roll out to small business, enterprise and prepaid users in the future too.
"Telstra is pleased to announce that Australians will soon be able to make and receive phone calls and check and send text messages from their compatible wearable device without needing their smartphone with them, with the launch today by of embedded SIM card technology. The new technology – called Telstra One Number – connects wearable devices directly to Telstra’s mobile network and extends the owner’s smartphone mobile number to the wearable."
Apple just introduced a new Watch — the Series 3 — and its crowning feature is built-in 4G connectivity, so you can use it away from your phone. And good news. we're getting it in Australia, on our major telco networks.