I'm a happy Vodafone customer. Two weeks ago my wife gifted me Apple Watch GSM version to support my marathon training. I have another Apple Watch regular version, without GSM. I run 4 times per week I don't like to run with my phone for many reasons. She specifically bought this model because I got lost in the forest many times and I am running 20 + kms per round and she is concerning about emergency situations. I tried to activate GSM option on my watch but I realised that Vodafone NL doesn't support this feature where Vodafone DE supports. It is a bit disappointment because this feature is vital for some people like me and I observed there are many threads and people are complaining like me in the forum but there is no progress. Unfortunately I cannot change my subscription to another provider because I have some commitments. I also tried to buy another number for only watch but this is also not an option.
I hope Vodafone would act and support this feature and help people to live healthy and safe, I believe this should be important for Vodafone.
What a lovely gift you got from your wife! We know that a lot of people would be interested when Vodafone will support the Apple Watch. We already passed on this request multiple times, so hopefully we will support this feature in the future. However, currently this statement still applies:
Vodafone supports all smartwatches that have an eSIM and comply with the GSMA Consumer Model. Apple Watch's eSIM implementation requires additional functionality to the GSMA Consumer Model. Other operators may already offer eSIM support for the Apple Watch, as they have already implemented this functionality. These operators are at the forefront of eSIM development. It is not yet known when we will support the Apple Watch.