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max2

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Does anyone here ever forget their phone and only use their Apple Watch LTE when out and about?
 

pinokio

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Works only with LTE versions correct?
A user once posted here (I think) that had a non-LTE version and as long as both phone and watch were connected to the internet the watch would receive messages and missed calls notifications. I have tried this but only get missed calls notifications...
 
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rgyiv

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Works only with LTE versions correct?
A user once posted here (I think) that had a non-LTE version and as long as both phone and watch were connected to the internet the watch would receive messages and missed calls notifications. I have tried this but only get missed calls notifications...

As long as I have my phone with me, I'm able to take calls and dictate text messages on my non-LTE series 2 watch.
 

akash.nu

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Dictation works well enough for me that I can do some pretty long text messages and have full conversations using just the Watch.

I guess it kinda depends on your surroundings. If I’ve forgotten my phone then most likely I’m out and about and dictation doesn’t really work there.
 
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akash.nu

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Works only with LTE versions correct?
A user once posted here (I think) that had a non-LTE version and as long as both phone and watch were connected to the internet the watch would receive messages and missed calls notifications. I have tried this but only get missed calls notifications...

This is correct. If both your phone and non LTE watch are connected to WiFi, it’ll work even when they’re not together.
 

PugMaster

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I tend to forget my phone when I'm in a hurry. So instead being nervous all day and feeling bad, I know I can still take or make some calls in case of an emergency. I never had (social media) "fomo" or whatnot, but as soon as I realize I forgot my phone and can't be reached in case of an emergency, my brain goes nuts ;-)
Also, it's quite convenient because you can take important calls when you're too far away from the phone.
I have a clients who always calls the exact moment I'm either doing the laundry, fetching mail from the letterbox, do the dishes or whatever. She used to complain she could "never" reach me, but not any more! ;-)
So LTE is a must have.
 
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spacemnspiff

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I cannot get out without my phone in-spite of a LTE watch is because my phone doubles as the car key. Now if I am going out for a run, yes I just have the watch.
 
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pinokio

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This is correct. If both your phone and non LTE watch are connected to WiFi, it’ll work even when they’re not together.

You're saying I should receive messages on my watch if conected to office wifi and my phone is conected to wifi at home?
 

akash.nu

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You're saying I should receive messages on my watch if conected to office wifi and my phone is conected to wifi at home?

Yes that’s what my understanding is.

Admittedly, I own the LTE model so I can’t really confirm this.
 
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PugMaster

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I have both models and you can receive iMessages or WhatsApp etc. if the watch is in the same wifi as the phone. But that doesn't work for (non wifi) phone calls or text (sms) messages. At least with my non-LTE watch. The LTE watch gets phone calls on cellular (of course ;-) ).
 
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akash.nu

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I have both models and you can receive iMessages or WhatsApp etc. if the watch is in the same wifi as the phone. But that doesn't work for (non wifi) phone calls or text (sms) messages. At least with my non-LTE watch. The LTE watch gets phone calls on cellular (of course ;-) ).

Yes this is it. Sorry I assumed messages as iMessage or WhatsApp by default.
 

danmart

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You're saying I should receive messages on my watch if conected to office wifi and my phone is conected to wifi at home?
Yes that’s what my understanding is.

Admittedly, I own the LTE model so I can’t really confirm this.
This is a network feature. Some networks support it, other’s don‘t.

In your iPhone settings, look at Wi-Fi Calling and check the (literally) small print. It will either say that devices need to be ‘nearby’ or it won’t. If it does say nearby then you need to be on the same WiFi network. If it doesn’t then as long as both devices are connected to the internet you can answer calls just over Wi-Fi.
 
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AJ44

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LTE watch without a phone can get you by.

LTE watch with airpods without a phone actually works pretty well in most scenarios
 

cappo3

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LTE watch without a phone can get you by.

LTE watch with airpods without a phone actually works pretty well in most scenarios
Is it possible to pair the Watch with different bluetooth earbuds than the Airpods? Would it then work well with calls and/or dictation? Anyone any experience on this?
 
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