TIM and Samsung launch the first smartwatch in Italy with integrated eSIM, in collaboration with Gemalto

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Aug. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TIM and Samsung, in collaboration with Gemalto, launched today the first smartwatch in Italy with an integrated embedded SIM (eSIM), representing the evolution of the SIM Card and mobile devices. Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic 3G Smartwatch is the first wearable device in the world with eSIM, a technological innovation that marks a further step towards the digital future of the Internet of Things.

The eSIM makes it possible to connect the device, simply and immediately, to TIM’s mobile network using a QR code. Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic 3G Smartwatch is a real watch that has all the functions of a smartphone and stands out for its essential design with a circular face and metal finish. You can make calls, send and receive text messages, receive notifications, consult your fitness data (step counter, heart rate monitor, stop watch), read emails and browse social networks in complete freedom wherever you are. Fitted with a Tizen operating system, the smartwatch allows you to navigate and choose different services and screens thanks to a revolving bezel ring. Moreover Gemalto, through its platform, will guarantee the correct management and customization of mobile radio service directly from within the embedded SIM.

This initiative, achieved thanks to the expertise of TIM, Samsung and the collaboration with Gemalto, highlights the three players’ ability and commitment to contribute to the development of innovative services for the Internet of Things.

Adoption of the eSIM is only the first step in the evolution of the features of the traditional SIM. This new system allows you to activate and update your subscription to the service remotely, and will then allow the eSIM to be used on other types of devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Thanks to this collaboration people will be able to manage every need on the go through increasingly simple and immediate connectivity tools and TIM’s 4G network. The world of wearables in which Samsung has been investing in recent years represents a strategic technological line within a mobile ecosystem which concerns numerous applications in different areas, from sport to lifestyle and business. The introduction of the eSIM will further contribute to the evolution and spread of this category of devices which is rapidly growing.

Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic 3G Smartwatch is offered at 399.90 euros or it is available with an initial contribution of 49 euros and thereafter instalments of 10 euros/month for 30 months.

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About TIM Group

TIM is the leading ICT group, evolving into the new model of Digital Telco, enabler of the country’s digital life. Excellent quality of customer service, dissemination of premium services and digital content, thanks to the development of innovative infrastructure, are the keywords.
The goal is to reach approximately 84% of Italian households with the new fixed ultrabroadband  (fiber) and 98% of population with the mobile one (4G) by the end of 2018. For this reason in the 2016-2018 period investments in fiber and 4G will be more than 4.5 billion euros. At June  2016, fiber and 4G coverage reached 51% of households and 93.7% of population, respectively.
Abroad TIM Brasil is a major player on the Brazilian market. Leader in 4G coverage it aims to further develop the ultrabroadband network with investments within 14 billion reais by the end of 2018.
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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies that redefine the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space with the open platform SmartThings, our broad range of smart devices, and through proactive cross-industry collaboration. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion.
To discover more, and for the latest news, feature articles and press material, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2015 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.
Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.
Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things. Our 14,000+ employees operate out of 118 offices, 45 personalization and data centers, and 27 research and software development centers located in 49 countries.
For more information visit www.gemalto.com or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

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