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Telstra plans to introduce embedded SIM technology to make it possible for Australians to use compatible wearable devices, instead of their phones, to make calls and send texts.

In response to a query from iTWire, a Telstra spokesman said: "We will launch the first Telstra One Number enabled device — an eSIM cellular supported wearable — in Australia before the end of September."

The company said today that the new technology — called Telstra One Number — would connect wearable devices directly to the company's mobile network and extend the user's smartphone mobile number to the wearable.

"Telstra One Number will be made available to Telstra customers on a range of up-coming devices," the company said. "Initially it will be available to post-paid consumer customers with small business, enterprise and prepaidcustomers to follow in the future."

It said that once a wearable and a mobile device were connected to the Telstra network, both devices would share a customer’s mobile plan inclusions such as calls, text and data.

john chambersTelstra Product Innovation executive director John Chambers (right) said: "Telstra One Number paves the way for a new generation of wearables with evolved designs and voice and data integration.

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

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

“Customers won’t have to worry about forgetting their phone, or taking it with them when they pop out to the shops or go for a jog – with Telstra One Number they’ll still be connected to Australia’s best mobile network via their wearable.

“And because eSIMs are smaller than typical SIM cards, the technology will help designers bring connectivity and calling to a broader range of smaller wearable devices – from clothing and health monitors right through to fitness trackers and watches."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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