Apple’s Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular costs more than the iPhone SE

Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 3 Cellular will both be available from iStore. The company has announced that both devices will be available with discounted iCare Plus and trade-in options*. Pre-orders of Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 3 will open on 15 May 2020 at

“We’ve seen Apple Watch have a meaningful impact on our customers’ lives and we’re excited to deliver even more capabilities with Apple Watch Series 5 and watchOS 6,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “The seamless integration of new hardware and software delivers an enhanced experience that makes it even easier to stay active and connected to the people and information users care about.”

Both the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 3 Cellular have a built-in eSIM to give you the option of leaving your iPhone behind and still staying connected. The cellular connectivity means that you’ll be able to field a call from the office, return a text to a friend, check an email, download and manage Apple Music on the go, all without your phone. 

The eSIM functionality required for your Apple Watch Cellular will be exclusively available through the Vodacom network. If you don’t have a Vodacom contract, you can apply for a new iPhone Vodacom contract at iStores nationwide or online at

iStore is giving customers the benefit of reserving their purchase online from 15 May 2020 and then having it delivered directly to their door once available. Pre-orders of Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 3 GPS + Cellular can be completed online by visiting

The starting price for the 40mm Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular is R12 499 and goes to R18 999 for a 40mm variant with a Milanese Loop, while the 44mm Series 5 GPS + Cellular ranges from R13 499 to R19 999. For comparison, the new iPhone SE ranges from R9 999 for the 64GB version to R14 999 for the 256GB option.

Anyone who upgrades to a new Apple Watch Series 5 Cellular at iStore will get iCare Plus for Apple Watch which includes a free screen replacement and 1-year Extended Warranty (2 years in total) for R199. For more information about iCare Plus for Apple Watch, please visit

*Trade-in and reduce your Apple Watch Cellular purchase by up to R5 500 – Customers can trade-in their current Apple Watch and receive a direct discount against the purchase of a new Apple Watch Cellular.

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