Activate 2 LTE watches on same phone / phone number

TallGuyGT

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Does anyone know if you can activate 2 LTE Apple Watches on the same phone / phone number?

I currently wear a SS with link bracelet for work and have a Nike Sport for exercise and weekends. (both series 2).

I know you can pair multiple watches, but don't know if you can have LTE active on both. Seems like it would be highly useful to be without my phone at times. Trying to decide if I can (and want) to upgrade this year.
 
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fischersd

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Does anyone know if you can activate 2 LTE Apple Watches on the same phone / phone number?

I currently wear a SS with link bracelet for work and have a Nike Sport for exercise and weekends. (both series 2).

I know you can pair multiple watches, but don't know if you can have LTE active on both. Seems like it would be highly useful to be without my phone at times. Trying to decide if I can (and want) to upgrade this year.
The standards say that the GSM carriers can do this, but whether they're willing to support it yet, you'll have to ask your carrier to find out for certain. Eventually, they may allow quite a few devices on the same number (car, laptop, tablet, cellular home networks, etc). The "rub" is when they'll be comfortable doing this.

They will bill you for activating each and each will also be billed monthly (think the going rate in the US is $10/month).
 

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No you can't have 2 Watches share the same phone number(plan). The issue is the eSIM and how it is provisioned. So 2 Watches means 2 plans and 2 Watch phone numbers. Not to mention the 2 unique sets of EID's and IMEI's. If you could swap the eSIM then what you want to do would be very easy.

You are quite correct about having multiple Watches paired to a single iPhone, in fact you can have up to 3 Watches.

Dave
 

Brookzy

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No you can't have 2 Watches share the same phone number(plan). The issue is the eSIM and how it is provisioned. So 2 Watches means 2 plans and 2 Watch phone numbers. Not to mention the 2 unique sets of EID's and IMEI's. If you could swap the eSIM then what you want to do would be very easy.

You are quite correct about having multiple Watches paired to a single iPhone, in fact you can have up to 3 Watches.

Dave
I think you've misunderstood the question. You can have multiple Watches with the same usable number (that's what the OP meant). Yes they'll technically have different numbers for billing/administration but that doesn't really matter.

OP: It's up to your carrier. Mine supports up to three eSIM devices in addition to my iPhone plan. I'm currently using two Apple Watches with LTE on the same account.
 

fischersd

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I think you've misunderstood the question. You can have multiple Watches with the same usable number (that's what the OP meant). Yes they'll technically have different numbers for billing/administration but that doesn't really matter.

OP: It's up to your carrier. Mine supports up to three eSIM devices in addition to my iPhone plan. I'm currently using two Apple Watches with LTE on the same account.
Heh...you beat me to it! :)

I still don't understand why they're bothering to assign external numbers and not just using IMSI. Maybe that will become clearer when they get VoLTE roaming ironed out (perhaps there's dependencies).
 
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TallGuyGT

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OP: It's up to your carrier. Mine supports up to three eSIM devices in addition to my iPhone plan. I'm currently using two Apple Watches with LTE on the same account.
Thanks! What carrier are you with?