Several news surfacing from Samsung’s homeland South Korea claim that the company is now looking forward to launch a variant of Gear 2 which will include SIM card slot for making voice calls from the watch itself rather than connecting and originating from compatible smartphones.

Samsun Gear 2 launch event

According to the Korean Herald, Samsung has partnered with country’s leading telco SK Telecom to release the wearable in Korea. The alleged Gear 2 will include a built-in SIM card or USIM (Universal Subscriber Identity Module) to use it as a standalone mobile device.

There is still no official word from Samsung on this report, but a source closer to development has revealed that the device might be launched globally in coming days.

This is not the first time we’re hearing about a smartwatch with SIM card slot. Few years back, LG had released a watch phone with built-in SIM card slot and last year, a Chinese company Appscomm also showcased a smartwatch with a Mirasol display and a built-in micro SIM slot to make and receive phone calls and read or send text messages.