Thursday in CE: China Cuts off LTE Access to Apple Watch Series 3
While Qualcomm is looking to disrupt iPhone sales in China, it’s the country’s government that has taken steps to disrupt potential sales of a different Apple product. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Chinese government has cut off access to the LTE capabilities in the Apple Watch Series 3 over security concerns with the device. Analysts believe it could have something to do with tracking users, which apparently uses different technology than that found in a standard mobile phone.
The LTE issue currently only impacts new users who are looking to buy the Series 3 watch and sign up for a wireless plan. So far, according to the WSJ, current customers who got the LTE-enabled device on or shortly after launch day still have network access.
As one would expect, the Chinese government has fairly strict policies and an intense amount of oversight related to mobile phones and network technology. In fact, all three major telecom service providers are state-owned companies, which allowed the government to easily implement the no-LTE policy for the Apple Watch Series 3.