Apple Watch on iPhone without Tethering Plan

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  1. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    If you are on a cellular plan without tethering, can you still use data on your Apple watch when you aren't connected to wifi?

    Because the way the watch works seems to be something like personal hotspot tethering. Does anyone know if the carriers are going to allow this on non-tethering plans, like my grandfathered unlimited plan from AT&T?
     
  2. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    It doesn't use data. It's uses wifi / Bluetooth.
     
  3. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Yes it will work. Essentially the Watch is telling the iPhone which network calls to make on its behalf, and the iPhone sends the returned data to the Watch over Bluetooth/P2P WiFi.

    Nothing carriers can do about this :)
     
  4. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    If you're using apps that pull data from the Internet, I don't see how that's different from tethering.

    Like Siri, or CNN, or sports scores.
     
  5. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    All gonna be funneled threw the iPhone. Don't think you are going to have a problem.

    I am in the same boat.
     
  6. hatdude macrumors newbie

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    The watch is just like any other Bluetooth device connected to the phone. Paired devices are not the same as tethered devices.
     
  7. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    Your phone is pulling data from the Internet, not your watch. Your phone is simply sending this across to your watch via wifi / Bluetooth. Nothing to do with tethering.
     
  8. Mikes1 macrumors member

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    Think of it just like connecting you phone your car audio and making a hands free call
     
  9. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    It is, the apps are running on the phone, and mirroring the info to the watch over BT and wifi.
     
  10. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

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    The only reason carriers currently have a say about tethering is because Apple agreed to let them. If Apple wanted to, they could enable tethering for everyone and the networks couldn't do anything to stop them (anything technical, that is).
     

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