AW3 true monthly cost AT&T?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by madferret, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. madferret macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2014
    I just received an AW3 LTE as a gift and loving it of course. I'm unsure whether adding it to our cellular plan is worth it. I've heard the taxes and fees on AT&T add up to quite a bit. What is your true monthly cost for adding the AW3 to your plan?

    I'm on AT&T in CA. Thanks!
  2. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    In MA it runs just under $14
    Based on your location tax happy broke government, its probably closer to $17
  3. r6girl Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Sep 6, 2003
    I'm also in MA, it's $13.83 per month ($10 for the service, $3.83 in miscellaneous fees and taxes) for me with AT&T. I also got mine as a gift for Christmas and love it far more than the Series 0 model it replaced.
  4. rojocrandall macrumors member


    Oct 8, 2009
    I'm on AT&T in CA, my S3 LTE monthly cost with surcharges, taxes, and fees is $12.79
  5. forecheck macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2010
    I am California (Placer County) and I am at $13.40 with this breakdown:

    Surcharges and Other Fees
    Administrative Fee 0.76
    Federal Universal Service Charge 0.80
    Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge 1.25
    State Public Utility Surcharge 0.02
    Total Surcharges and Other Fees 2.83

    Government Fees and Taxes
    CHCF A 0.02
    Relay Service Device Fund 0.03
    State 911 Tax 0.06
    Teleconnect Fund 0.09
    Universal Lifeline 0.37
    Total Government Fees and Taxes 0.57
  6. Daniel L macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    Is adding the LTE plan worth it? I'm trying to think of a scenario where I'd need/want it and haven't been able to come up with a use case. I can see it being great for runners.
  7. rojocrandall macrumors member


    Oct 8, 2009
    I know there are other threads that cover this, but for me, having LTE on my watch means I do not always have to carry my phone where ever I go. It's a level of freedom I am really getting used to...
  8. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2010
    Philly Suburbs, PA
    Depends on your lifestyle and whether having your phone on you all the time is ever an inconvenience.

    For me, (and i'm female- don't know if that makes a difference)
    • Don't have to worry about where to put my phone if I don't have pockets
    • Therefor no longer have to make sure clothes I buy have pockets
    • It also frees me up to the possibility of getting a larger screen phone. I was turned off by the giant ones cause it would be a burden to carry around at times such as walking/hiking.
    • As a bonus, it'll come in handy on the rare occasions I leave home without my phone or possibly get locked out of the house? though I assume it would still connect to a phone from outside...
    • my phone plan is so cheap on t-mobile and with my line discounts the watch only costs me $8 a month so between that and being able to walk the dogs without my phone I was sold.
  9. shox2k2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    Mine is around $13. I called on Sunday to cancel it because I really don’t use it. The guy offered me a ‘special’ deal. As long as I keep my current plan they will take $40 off my monthly bill. The stipulation was I have to keep the same plan and the watch has to stay active on there. So now they are paying me to kept it active. Worth it now.
  10. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    I live in So. Cal. and my bill was $13 and change. I cancelled it after the free trial. I had promised myself when it was first announced that if it was anywhere over $5 a month, it would not be worth it for me, so I cancelled. I only used the cellular twice in the 3 month trial and that was just to see how well it worked. (slow). I am not a runner which is just about the only thing I can see this useful for and maybe a cyclist? I thought it would be GREAT not to have to take my iPhone with me at times but it just wasn't worth the cost. YMMV
  11. berniefl36 macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2012
    Wow, that is a nice cellphone company you have,, they are paying you?
  12. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Who is "they"? AT&T?
  13. forecheck macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2010
    With AT&T raising their "administrative fee" to $1.99, my monthly fee will now be $14.63. I know $1.23 increase isn't going to kill me, but when you get to close to 50% in taxes and fees it becomes more of a principal of it and might finally move me to cancel it.
  14. GRT89521 macrumors member


    Apr 24, 2018
    I pay exactly $10 with T-Mobile. I was a long time AT&T customer but couldn't handle it anymore. I've been with T-Mobile for over a year and couldn't be happier. The coverage may be a little less but it's getting better everyday and the coverage is about 95% of AT&T in my area.
  15. ebika macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2008
    I did the same this past Sunday after 15 or so years with AT&T.
  16. Dodgeman macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2016
    Speaking of having the service on the watch I think you have to get an additional line, which is usually a random number right?
    Anyhow how does the watch link with the phone I am sure it is a carrier back end think correct?
    Can you still use the external number as a 2nd number as well?

    Now lets say your iPhone is off will you still receive calls & texts to the watch?
  17. forecheck macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2010
    You do get an additional number but you can't do anything with it. If you call it you get a message saying the user is not available. At&T uses it's Numbersync service to link the watch to your phone's number, you don't have to do anything. If your phone is off, then only the watch will ring.
  18. Dodgeman macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2016
    If you ever deactivate the watch you just loose that number and everything with phone and original number remains the same?
  19. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.

    I am paying $13 and change for my watch in Atlanta.
  20. borgranta macrumors 6502


    May 9, 2018
    If an elderly person breaks their hip during a fall they could use the LTE watch to call for help.
  21. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
    In Texas it’s $13.67.

    It’s worth it in my opinion for all those times you forget your phone somewhere else.
  22. scmill macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2018
    Spartanburg SC
    Don’t even have to be elderly to take a tumble! When I was 19 (about a thousand years ago), I was leaving an exam in a mostly empty building, slipped and fell halfway down a flight of stairs. Fortunately, my professor had left the classroom door open and thought he heard a noise. He came to check on it and found me unconscious.

    That was years before cell phones, but a tumble alone can happen any time, anywhere to anyone. Once I got a pocket-sized phone, it went with me everywhere, and I am really happy with the watch’s convenience!
  23. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    I pay $13.18 in Georgia. I use my AW3 without the iPhone frequently. My early morning walk. I don’t carry the iPhone X, just the AW3 and my AirPods. Often during the work day, I’ll leave my iPhone on the desk.

    Oddly, Georgia’s new hands free driving law allows smart watches to be used but not phones.
  24. cwanja macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    So, I do not want to pick apart your post. But a couple of things:
    If you have / had your phone everywhere, why do you need LTE on a watch; you have your phone? If you are unconscious, having neither a phone nor LTE watch will do you any good.

    Someone a post above you mentioned ‘to have it all the times you forget your phone’. Am I just addicted to my phone so much that I rarely leave it behind?

    I just am struggling to see the benefit. I do have a coworker that has one and says she loves being able to walk away from her desk and leave her phone and have the cellphone / messaging capabilities - I totally buy that. But beyond that, how often are people without their phone?

    My biggest usage will be not having to whip my phone out for notifications and messages. I can easily flick my wrist, read, swipe to clear.

    Full disclosure, I do not have an Apple Watch and plan to get a series 4. I do not plan to get an LTE, unless stainless steel only comes in LTE. And I am undecided if I will pilot LTE or not. Likely only planning to if they offer a trial period again.
  25. scmill macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2018
    Spartanburg SC
    Since I am human, there are times when I forget to pick up my phone. The watch is strapped to my arm and more likely to be in reach if I need it.

    Besides, LTE is only $10/mo, and, the best reason of all, I want it!

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