Can HUAWEI smartphones get FREE calls and Internet connectivity through BeiDou satellites, without a SIM card?
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : BeiDou Gives HUAWEI Phones FREE Calls + Internet!
People have been sharing different messages on WhatsApp and Facebook, claiming that BeiDou will give every HUAWEI phone unlimited calls and Internet without a SIM card!
No, HUAWEI Phones Cannot Get FREE Calls + Internet From BeiDou!
HUAWEI offers some of the best smartphones in the market, but these claims are truly “out of this world”.
There is NO WAY that any smartphone, from HUAWEI or any other brand, that can make free calls or receive free Internet connectivity through BeiDou satellites.
These are just fake news created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army / Little Pink Army.
Fact #1 : BeiDou Is A Navigation Satellite System
BeiDou is China’s own satellite positioning and navigational system, functionally similar to GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
So far, the Chinese have launched 59 satellites, from three generations.
Fact #2 : Final BeiDou-3 Satellite Launched In June 2020
The June 2020 date likely refers to the launch of the final BeiDou-3 satellite, which completes the BeiDou-3 satellite constellation.
The original BeiDou-1 satellites were decommissioned at the end of 2012.
Fact #3 : Smartphones Have Supported BeiDou For Years
The first smartphones to support BeiDou were introduced in 2013. It’s not like BeiDou is only being introduced after June 2020.
Fact #4 : HUAWEI Supports Multiple Satellite Systems
HUAWEI, like many other brands, have long introduced multi-constellation support for navigational signals.
Their smartphones not only support GPS, but also BeiDou, GLONASS, and Galileo, switching to whichever satellite system offers the best performance or accuracy.
Fact #5 : BeiDou Is Supported By Foreign Mobile Platforms
BeiDou civilian signals can be used by foreign mobile platforms, and are in fact supported by Samsung Exynos and MediaTek mobile platforms.
So many non-HUAWEI smartphones use chipsets that support BeiDou.
Fact #6 : BeiDou Cannot Provide Calls / Internet Connectivity
BeiDou is primarily a global positioning satellite system, with limited communications capability – just short messaging services (SMS).
However, only the military (or related security services like civil defence) are given access to the BeiDou SMS service, using special satellite phones.
Civilian devices, like HUAWEI smartphones, can only use its positioning services, and have NO ACCESS to any communications capability.
A CGTN news report is probably responsible for this misunderstanding (watch our video above).
Fact #7 : Calls + Internet Still Require A SIM Card / eSIM
While the HUAWEI P40 series smartphones support eSIM, other HUAWEI smartphones still require a physical SIM card.
But whether your smartphone uses a physical SIM card or eSIM, it needs some sort of SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) number to obtain call and Internet services from your mobile service provider.
Fact #8 : HUAWEI Offers A Free Video Call Service
HUAWEI introduced a new video call feature called MeeTime, which allows all HUAWEI devices to make video calls for free.
However, MeeTime requires Internet connectivity, and no, HUAWEI is not giving you free Internet connectivity to use MeeTime.
Seriously, no one can give you free Internet connectivity. Not even Apple.
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