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Apple has begun selling the Apple Watch models with cellular connectivity in Portugal for the first time.

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Apple Watch Series 6 and SE models with cellular connectivity went on sale in the country on Tuesday, December 8, and can be ordered on Apple's regional online store.

Cellular models are available in aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium variants, but Watch Edition and Hermès LTE versions are currently unavailable.

As of now, Portuguese provider NOS is the first and only provider to support the Apple Watch LTE feature in the country. Apple has yet to update its regional Apple Watch cellular service list to reflect the launch.

Apple has been working to bring Apple Watch Cellular models to more European countries, with Belgium recently joining the LTE Apple Watch club. Ireland, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg are countries still waiting for the feature to arrive.

(Thanks, Ricardo!)

Article Link: Apple Watch Cellular Models Now Available in Portugal, NOS Exclusive Provider
 

Jony Ive and Co.

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Long overdue. Apple really needs to up their rollout schedules and be a lot more rigourous in rolling out services. Apple Watch cellular, ECG app, Apple News, Apple One etc are all so limited to just the US/UK/AUS basically. I get some of them require regulatory approval, but apple really needs to get those approval much quicker
 
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tompijls

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Pretty frustrating news living in the Netherlands. The Netherlands were laggards with Apple Pay before giving in, now same with Apple watch
Looks like banks and telcos in Netherlands agree to delay these introductions. When ING started offering it finally, other main banks followed within months. Maybe this is anti-competitive behavior the EU should investigate as well...
 
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joecomo

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Well - it might be time to allow for Apple Watch Roaming - at least inside of Europe.
Once we are all vaccinated, we might want to travel again :)
 
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rmoliv

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At last!

These past two years have been great as more and more features become available in the country, such as Apple Pay (2019), TV providers offering Apple TV 4K bundles (2019), and now Cellular on the Apple Watch.

Next, the HomePod/HomePod mini and Siri in Portuguese from Portugal, please. And Apple Card!
 
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WendyB.2

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At last!

These past two years have been great as more and more features become available in the country, such as Apple Pay (2019), TV providers offering Apple TV 4K bundles (2019), and now Cellular on the Apple Watch.

Next, the HomePod/HomePod mini and Siri in Portuguese from Portugal, please. And Apple Card!
Opening a new store in central Lisbon would be great too.
 
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Mainyehc

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Well. That's great news, but is too bad they picked the worst carrier in Portugal
Yep. Having it right away on Altice/meo would be great, but even Vodafone would be an enticing proposition for potential switchers.

As for NOS, with its mostly faux-fibre-over-coaxial home packages and all? Yeesh.

Opening a new store in central Lisbon would be great too.
A million times this. Also, it's very, very sad Gary Allen passed away, as that was tragic enough in itself and the entire Apple Retail documenting scene is definitely not what it used to be without him and his legendary website anymore. I would've loved to have cooperated with him in case we got a decent flagship, like, 10 years ago (as we damn well should've), and I'm sure he would've been very interested in the architectural idiosyncrasies of Lisbon.

If Benetton ever leaves their premises in Chiado, that building just screams “Apple flagship” from the balcony and rooftop (and would, ironically enough, overlook and massively overshadow their partner's Hermès store). That, or the current Nespresso corner store, which is comparatively tiny but still decent and well-positioned (GMS and FNAC would be screwed, but the fact they're already present there as VAR/Store-within-a-store/AASPs is just further proof that said location is just Apple's natural fit for a flagship/street-level store).

But seeing how long they're taking, I'm betting on a regular mall store in Colombo, at least at first, and GMS, FNAC, Worten and the lot also getting the shaft. Vasco da Gama could also be an interesting alternative, as the shopping centre itself is not as massive and indeed more “Apple-like” in design, and the local clientele and transport connections on a regional level are definitely more interesting, all things considered. An Apple Store at Colombo would serve mostly Lisbon's urbanites, whereas one at Vasco da Gama would cover a big part of the metropolitan area and national and international clients as well.

And if Vasco da Gama failed, they could just do a poor man's twin of the store at World Trade Center Transportation Hub and stick it in the neighbouring Oriente Station, also by Calatrava. The lighting in that place as of now is just depressing and doesn't do the architecture justice, and what better way to lighten it up than by putting an Apple Store in there… What's more, the rent REFER could easily charge Apple would be more than enough for them to rid it of all those unwieldy kiosks and bazaar-like ersatz “stores” in the middle of the ground-level concourse (as a matter of fact, if Apple signed up as a tenant, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if said cleanup was in the lease contract as a precondition). If not now, at least in… 15 or 20 years' time, if and when we get a high speed train terminal expansion built over there.
 
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Mainyehc

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And AppleCare!!
Don't we already have proper AppleCare support over here? Maybe not at many regular retailers, but at least when buying at full-blown and store-within-a-store VARs, or through the official online Apple Store?

I mean, we do have great in-warranty and extended warranty/replacement programme service at AASPs all over the country. I had excellent service and got my Series 0 Apple Watch Sport replaced for €50 at m.repair, in Areeiro, after its battery decided to swell into a balloon on a very much hungover, after-wedding-party morning, and popped the screen right off.

It took me three tries, as I was getting replacement unit after replacement unit with weirdly sticky digital crowns (they bore adjacent serial numbers, so that was definitely down to a bad batch), but eventually I got the one that's been working perfectly on my wrist to this day.

As for Macs (i.e. anything that can be opened and serviced), service can sometimes be a bit hit-or-miss, but if you know where to look, you will get a decent experience.

AppleCare is just that thing AASPs check on Apple's database, it doesn't matter whether you bought your product here or in China, and you could always buy it for your Apple gear shortly after the initial purchase, even during Interlog's “dark ages”, with those mail-in AppleCare coupons/envelopes that came in the box. The only reason why it's so overrated and unpopular in Europe is just the fact that savvy EU customers know that despite what Apple says on their AppleCare upselling page, regarding their one-year limited warranty as if it was the only level of free service by default, we all get an EU-mandated, national two-year warranty at the country of purchase. I believe they even got sued in Italy over that, and rightly so.

It's a bit of a pain and quite inconceivable still in such an integrated common market, especially if you bought your Apple gear in a different EU country and moved afterwards, bought it on a whim during a trip, or asked someone to do it for you and bring it over (case in point: I had said Watch bought in Belgium for me, to gain what turned out to be only a few weeks of advance before its official launch here, but, luckily enough, the extended replacement programme I made use of happened to be valid worldwide and that happened well over the two-year warranty window anyway)… But hey, if you were already comfortable travelling around before, it's almost worth getting one or a couple low-cost, same-day return flights just to go to whatever cool Apple Store where you can have it fixed. After this whole thing clears away and assuming there are still low-cost airlines by then, that is. 😅
 
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InGen

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I was I Portugal earlier this year and after purchasing a new iPad Pro cellular from an apple reseller there, no telecoms in Portugal had an individual sim that worked in my iPad Pro for data only, not even one that piggy-backed off my existing plan. I love my Europe but there are some seriously backwards behaviours still being engaged in by companies their and it seems they either lack the incentive or will to modernise themselves and get with the times
 
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rmoliv

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Mainyehc said:
Don't we already have proper AppleCare support over here? Maybe not at many regular retailers, but at least when buying at full-blown and store-within-a-store VARs, or through the official online Apple Store?

You can purchase AppleCare for the Mac, Apple TV and iPad, but not for the iPhone and Apple Watch.
 
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Mainyehc

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You can purchase AppleCare for the Mac, Apple TV and iPad, but not for the iPhone and Apple Watch.

Are you sure of that? Even if you buy from Apple’s online store? That doesn’t make any sense, really… And I distinctly remember trying to be upsold on an extended warranty by FNAC when buying the iPhone 11 I’m writing this on (as usual, I only went for insurance because I trust Apple’s current manufacturing and QA standards enough and am way more afraid of having it stolen or accidentally damaged).
 
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