Telstra is connecting wearables to its mobile network

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Telstra launched a new service yesterday connecting wearable devices directly to its mobile network, linking their customer’s mobile numbers to their devices using embedded SIM (eSIM) card technology.

The telco’s executive director of home and premium services, John Chambers, announced the launch of Telstra One Number, which potentially turns wearables into a de facto smartphone using an eSIM.

“Our customers 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,” he said.

“Up until now, customers have had to pair their smartphone with their wearable using Bluetooth to access calls, messages and notifications on their wearables.

“The ability to connect a wearable, like a smartwatch, directly to a mobile network and integrate an existing mobile number will make these devices even more powerful companions.”

An eSIM is built into a device during manufacture, with a profile subsequently downloaded onto it to connect it.

“Once a wearable and a mobile device are successfully synced and connected to our network, both devices will share a customer’s mobile plan inclusions such as calls, text and data,” Chambers said.

He said Telstra One Number paves the way for a new generation of wearables with evolved designs and voice and data integration and the telco will announce its availability to a range of devices over the coming year.

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