Cellular or not?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ivanwi11iams, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. ivanwi11iams Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Kennesaw, GA
    I did a search within the Apple Watch forum, but, did not see a dedicated thread for this question.


    Curious, are you, You, or YOU going to use/order the cellular service for your Apple Watch, AW4?

    I had the service for about 5 days, on the AW3. But, felt that I was not going to use it. More than likely, I should have left it on for the entire month. Considering ATT charge a $30 connection fee; which I did not know about till I get the bill last week. By which time, I had already cancelled the cellular service.

  2. Dwood1970 macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2012
    It’s nice to have the option to turn it on if you want. The old “it’s better to have it and not need it.....”
  3. ray737 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    I had LTE on my AW3 and now have it on my AW4. Though I don’t use it all the time I like having it when I occasionally need it. With T-Mobile it costs $10 taxes included so to me it’s inexpensive. Though $5 would really be a deal
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I can’t justify cellular for my needs yet, although there has some been really interesting stories for those who have use LTE where they did use it when They least expected they thought they wouldn’t need it. It really depends if you can justify the cost from your carrier, which I think is prohibiting those from wanting to use it, because they don’t want to pay the extra $10-$15 a month on a line.
  5. ivanwi11iams thread starter Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Kennesaw, GA
    I don’t mind the monthly cost ($10+ tax, with ATT).

    However, ATT charge a $30 connection fee. To me, that is daylight robbery. They want me to use the service, yet I have to pay a monthly subscription (no issues with this), AND pay for the privilege.
  6. GDF macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Good thread. So, I can use a celluar AW, since I am on a business plan and work won't activate it. Is there any other advanatage to having the celluar AW? I think even if you don't have it activated, it would still dial 911, if the fall program is activated and you had a fall - right? Other than that I can't think of anything different the celluar AW does this year.

    Other than all the ss versions come with celluar, which is probably what I would get.
  7. jsd79, Sep 30, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2018

    jsd79 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2013
    I had cellular service on my AW3 and used it so rarely I couldn’t justify the upfront $100 cost plus the monthly expense when I got my aluminum AW4. Especially since both the cellular and the gps models now have the same case back and on-board storage capacity. But each person’s needs are different...
  8. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    You can make a 911 call from the cellular watch without having a cellular plan.

    I think if more people knew that, they would choose the cellular version but not activate the service.
  9. GDF macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    That is definitely a good benefit.
  10. ivanwi11iams thread starter Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Kennesaw, GA
    You know, I am almost embarrassed to type this.
    I just noticed that the GPS model, in size 44MM, is $100 cheaper (I was under the impression that they ALL came with cellular, but, you had a choice to activate, or not). And, if I am not going to enable the cellular option, I might as well had purchased just the GPS option.


    As I review Apple's website now, I see they have GPS models in stock, for pick up (Atlanta, GA).
    Bloody tempted to return (I have till 13th Oct), and purchase the GPS model.

  11. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    the ONLY reason I bought the lte version was because I wanted stainless. had I had a choice, I wouldn't have paid the extra money for lte. I have no intention of activating the lte and paying and extra $120+ a year for something I would rarely use.
  12. Bigdog9586 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2015
    I just got the 4 last Saturday and when I set it up at home with T-Mobile Apple gave me free connection and 3 months of free service. Then $10 extra with auto pay.
  13. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    It is super frustrating that prepaid users can’t use the cellular functions.
  14. highertechnology macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2009
    Ive been using mine every day. But I go to the gym alot and wear running shorts without pockets.

    I have airpods connected with bluetooth and leave my phone in the truck.
  15. nlkccom macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2008
  16. mackie8 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2014
    actually if u want cellular ... get SS price difference is quite reasonable..... but if u dont use cellular ... savings is a lot if u will take GPS model...

    SS Sport band 44mm= $749
    Aluminum 44mm LTE = $529

    Difference $220

    SS Sport band 44mm = $749
    Aluminum 44mm GPS= $429

    Difference $320
  17. Dwood1970 macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2012
    Yeah that’s how I use mine a lot as well.
  18. Deguello macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2008
    The SS is over 40% more than the aluminum LTE. You have a very different definition of "quite reasonable" than I do.
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I personally don't see any need for a cellular watch. 90% of the time, I have my phone with me, with the final 10%, its not worth the cost for it.
  20. catzilla macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2013
    Rhode Island
    Well, I went from a S2 to a S4 LTE. Not impressed at all. I never had an issue with Verizon service on my bike route, but streaming Apple radio is a no go with the watch only. I'm hoping my watch is defective and a replacement will have better reception. If the replacement is the same I'll stick with the S2.
  21. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    Cellular due to emergency services, the ability to leave your phone behind and go for a run/jog/walk without something flopping around in your pocket or wearing a sweaty arm band is nice. If you're an outdoor person and an active person with going to the gym - the cellular is worth it.
  22. Bigdog9586 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2015
  23. Monkswhiskers macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2018
    When it's a free addition as part as my cellphone package, yes. Otherwise, no.
  24. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    Yea I finally upgraded my T-Mobile plan from prepaid to the standard ones last year just so I could get my Apple Watch up and running. Well worth it to me - cellular on the watch has been game changer - leave my phone behind often without worry about not being reachable.
  25. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    I find it funny that so many people wanted cellular in the Apple Watch and then they released it and now I feel like the majority on the AW forum on macrumors says it isn't worth it, lol.

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