LTE Limitations?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by thelead, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. thelead macrumors 6502a

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    I saw a review mention that the LTE apple watch couldn't send SMS messages without your paired iphone being around (they mentioned imessage worked though).

    What other limitations does the LTE watch have when you don't have your iphone around?
     
  2. deadworlds macrumors 65816

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    I’m pretty sure SMS messages work but your phone needs to be on and in a location with cellular service.
     
  3. ReardenMetal macrumors regular

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    LTE owner here. From what I understand, the phone doesn’t need to be nearby, just powered on and connected. Phone could be at home while you’re at the grocery store. If your phone’s out of juice, only iMessages work.
     
  4. thelead thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome. What about notifications if you leave your phone at home? For instance, an iphone app that doesn't have a watch app but does send notifications. Do those still come in if you leave your phone at home?
     
  5. dave006 Contributor

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    The limitation is for SMS/MMS Txt messages. Your paired iPhone must be on and connected to your carrier via cellular connection or via Wi-Fi to send / receive SMS/MMS messages on your watch.

    In addition, to get third party notifications from your iPhone to watch, your iPhone must be available as above.

    Dave
     
  6. ReardenMetal macrumors regular

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    Yes. For example, I get Periscope notifications when I’m away from my phone. Just make sure you’ve allowed that third party app to send notifications to your watch in the notification section of the Apple Watch app.
     
  7. erpetao macrumors regular

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    Outlook doesn't work
    WatchChat doesn't work

    Some other apps that are not full native with LTE access may not work.
     

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