Wednesday , December 19 2018 Ausdroid » News » Vodafone launching Samsung Galaxy Watch today, with NumberSync by Christmas

Vodafone has confirmed this morning something that we heard was coming a couple of days ago: Samsung’s Galaxy Watch LTE will be coming to Vodafone, making it the second carrier launch in Australia. Better yet, Vodafone will be enabling NumberSync for the Galaxy Watch too, meaning Samsung’s latest watch will be able to share a mobile number (and your plan inclusions) with your preferred smartphone so you never miss a call.

Vodafone’s product landing page for the Samsung Galaxy Watch confirms that two variants will be available – the 42mm LTE model for $599, and the 46mm LTE model for $699:

The beauty of Vodafone’s NumberSync, as opposed to getting a completely separate SIM for your LTE-enabled smartwatch, is that it’s just $5 per month to share your number, data, and other plan inclusions. This means you can make calls, send messages and access web services on the go.

As with Apple’s Watch, it’s likely that NumberSync will be free for the first three months, reverting to $5 per month after that.

Vodafone will allow mobile repayment for the Samsung Galaxy Watch as it does with mobiles (that is, contract free, pay off over 12, 24 or 36 months with no penalty for early payoff), which is great news for customers wanting to spread the hefty price of the watch over a year or two.

For those unsure, what’s in Samsung’s Galaxy Watch? Here’s the full specifications:

Galaxy Watch Specifications
Model Galaxy Watch 46mm Silver Galaxy Watch 42mm Midnight Black
Galaxy Watch 42mm Rose Gold
Display 1.3” (33mm), Circular Super AMOLED (360 x 360)
Full Color Always On Display
Corning® Gorilla® DX+  
1.2” (30mm), Circular Super AMOLED (360 x 360)
Full Color Always On Display
Corning® Gorilla® DX+
Size 46 x 49 x 13
63g (without strap)
41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7
49g (without strap)
Strap 22mm (Interchangeable)
Option Color: Onyx Black, Deep Ocean Blue, Basalt Grey
20mm (Interchangeable)
Option Color: Onyx Black, Lunar Grey, Terracotta Red, Lime Yellow, Cosmo Purple, Pink Beige, Cloud Grey, Natural Brown
Battery 472mAh  270mAh
AP Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15GHz
OS Tizen Based Wearable OS 4.0
Memory LTE: 1.5GB RAM + 4GB Internal Memory
Bluetooth®: 768MB RAM + 4GB Internal Memory
Connectivity 3G/LTE, Bluetooth®4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient Light
Charge WPC based wireless charging
Durability 5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G
Compatibility Samsung: Android 5.0 or later
Other: Android 5.0 or later
iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above
※ Activation feature for Mobile Network of Galaxy watch with Non-Samsung smartphones may not be available in some countries

For me, personally, this announcement has rocketed Samsung’s Galaxy Watch just about to the top of my must-have smartwatches; fast, responsive, not clunky WearOS, LTE-enabled and works on my carrier of choice.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch is available from Vodafone in-store today.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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I’ve had the Galaxy Watch LTE using Telstra OneNumber since launch day, excellent watch, good battery. Now, anyone want to buy a good used Gear S3 Frontier in original packaging?

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Thanks for article Chris. Vodaphone announced availability of service from 5th Dec. I’m told now that it’s delayed, but no specific indications of a release date. Can you provide any further update to reasons for delay and updated likely release date?

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