Activating LTE-How?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by steelo3232, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. steelo3232 macrumors regular

    May 25, 2016
    I ordered my watch through Apple and it comes tomorrow. Based on research, it appears during set up I can activate LTE and agree to the 10.00 a month charge and life will be copacetic. (Verizon reps are clueless on how this should work at least the three I’ve talked to) When I ordered in the wee hours on pre-order date I never got an option to choose a carrier so does anyone out here know if this is the case. Simply set up the watch agree to the monthly charge and golden>? Some other folks on the verizon pre order thread are indicating their watches have new numbers???

    Anyone have insights?
  2. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    A watch with LTE comes with its own number and is activated similar to a phone by the carrier.

    ATT and T-Mobile have ‘NumberSync’ and ‘Digits’ which allow the eSim to ‘virtually’ act as the same number as your phone. Not sure about the other carriers, but at T-Mobile we activate a Digits number as a new line and associate it with another number on your plan (i.e. your phone's number). Once the watch arrives, it’s activated and starts using your regular telephone number without a hitch. Very simple.
  3. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I think what the OP is asking is what the process is for activation. When you order the watch, there’s no choice to specify carrier... so does the Watch app let you select the proper carrier when setting up the watch for the first time?
  4. AppleLuvver macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2012
    I’m wondering about this as well. Hoping I don’t have to make a trip to Verizon after I pick up my watch from the Apple store...
  5. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    I don't know if Verizon has a program like T-Mobile or ATT?
  6. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    When you setup the watch on the phone, it will prompt you to activate service.
  7. porkrind macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2015
    I would imagine that since you setup the watch with your phone, it will know who your provider is at least.
  8. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    You don't chose a carrier here in the USA for the LTE watch. All 4 carriers use the exact same LTE band hardware. When you initially pair your watch to your iPhone the carrier from your iPhone is selected for the Apple Watch. You should get some Terms & Conditions and the plan selected is based on your carrier. You can skip the Cellular action and complete it later. During setup, look for the option to set up cellular, then follow the onscreen steps. Your iPhone must be connected to your carrier's network to complete the cellular activation steps.

    Or you can set up cellular later:

    1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
    2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Cellular.
    3. Tap Set Up Cellular.
    4. Follow the instructions for your carrier. You might need to contact your carrier for help.

    All Apple Watch LTE devices have an individual phone number assigned. Each carrier is handling the backend magic for you iPhone and Watch to appear to share the single phone number from your iPhone.

    Note: Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) comes in three regional models – Americas, China, and Europe/Asia Pacific. Unlike iPhone, there isn't a worldwide Apple Watch Series 3 model that supports all cellular bands used globally, so it isn't possible for Apple Watch to roam.

  9. steelo3232 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 25, 2016
    Dave THANK YOU.... take a beer out of petty cash!

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