If you replace your LTE watch, do you pay again for activation?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Marconelly, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. Marconelly macrumors 6502

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    Let's say you activate your LTE watch, but then a week later it breaks, so you replace it for a new one. Has there been any explanation about what happens then in terms of activating the new watch to have the LTE access? Do you have to pay for the provider for the activation again, or do you just continue using the new watch like nothing happened?
     
  2. Cascades42 macrumors 6502

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    I would suspect it'll work the same way it does with an iPhone - if you have to pay an activation fee for a replacement iPhone then you will probably have to for a watch.
     
  3. edhchoe macrumors 6502a

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    I guess it depends on how long the promotion lasts.
     
  4. fischersd macrumors 601

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    Never heard of a carrier dinging you an activation fee when you're replacing your phone. You're activating an account. Just because the unit is damaged, that doesn't force you to light up a new account. The only difference here is that the eSIM can't be removed from the Watch. (it's similar to how Verizon and other carriers were CDMA previously - the ID was burned into the phone, not a SIM card like the GSM carriers).

    I'd refuse to pay another activation fee - that would make no sense whatsoever.
     
  5. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    I highly doubt it because its being used as a "line" on your account. The activation fee is to start up the line, not per device.
     
  6. Marconelly thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That is true with the phone, but also more clear-cut, because with the phone, you're activating a SIM card. Then when you get a new phone, you just put that sim card into it, and it continues working. With the watch, I guess it's not as obviously clear cut, because the sim is tied to the watch itself, so it seems like you could be activating a new one every time you get a new watch.
     
  7. edhchoe macrumors 6502a

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    dave posted a ATT terms and agreement excerpt on one of the threads on the forum and it said one watch per line.
    The second watch will be charged as I read it whether it would be the only watch linked or not.
     
  8. bgib2610 macrumors newbie

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    I replaced my AW S3 + Celluar today (T-Mobile) at the Apple store. It was really easy. Deactivate celluar from the iPhone Watch app. Unpair watch. Pair new watch. Activation fails during setup (seems normal) skip and came back 20 minutes later. It knew I already had a watch line available and asked if I wanted to use the available line or create a new. Selected the available line and back in business. Since the line stays active on the carrier the entire time I suspect no additional fees. Now in regards to the 3 free months not sure yet!
     
  9. Marconelly thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That sounds promising, that it already knew you had a line available. So it seems like they won't charge you twice after all.
     

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