Is there any added benefit using LTE vs Bluetooth in close ranges?

sd13

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Is there any additional functionality when using LTE as opposed to being connected to your phone via Bluetooth?
 

BA2020

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Is there any additional functionality when using LTE as opposed to being connected to your phone via Bluetooth?
If your phone is nearby, use BT. It uses a lot less battery. Don’t try to outsmart it...

BT > wifi > LTE

About the only thing cool about being on LTE is you get the green dots on the Explorer face! :)
 
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dave006

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No additional functionally by forcing Cellular on the Watch. As mentioned above, LTE really burns through your Watch's battery. The Watch want's to use Bluetooth to your iPhone, then Wi-Fi, to your iPhone and finally LTE if it has to as a last resort. The Watch really tries hard not to use LTE.

LTE should only be needed when you are out and about without your iPhone and even then it wants your iPhone to be available.

For example: SMS/MMS text messaging requires that your synced smartphone must be powered on so SMS/MMS messages may be forwarded to your watch. iMessage must be enabled and your smartphone must be connected to the AT&T network via either a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. If using a Wi-Fi connection, your smartphone must have Wi-Fi calling activated.

Dave
 

musicpenguy

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I think the benefit you will see is speed for network functions. Siri will be faster etc. Some apps like WatchPlayer also function faster just using WiFi or LTE (no phone connection).