LTE Question

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  1. Pagemakers, Sep 23, 2017
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    Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    1. If you are always with your phone will your watch ever use LTE?
    2. If the answer above is NO, I guess then the LTE would have the same battery life and the non-LTE S3 version?
     
  2. Marconelly macrumors 6502

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    I think that's the case. In fact, it may have better battery life than the previous models, because I think the new networking chip in the watch is more efficient.
     
  3. fischersd macrumors 601

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    You're right. The preference is Bluetooth, then Wifi, then LTE. (the first two leveraging the phone's internet connection as much as possible)
     
  4. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Great news.

    BTW re point 2 I mean between 2 S3 models
     
  5. BrettDS macrumors 65816

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    The LTE watch also gives you a toggle switch to turn cellular on and off. I believe that if you are always connected to your phone or WiFi then the LTE modem will never be on anyway, but if you never plan to use LTE then I would just turn the toggle off and that should ensure that the modem never comes on and uses any battery power.
     
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    Umm...if someone was never going to use LTE, why even activate it? :) You just want to give the carrier more money each month? :)
     
  7. edhchoe macrumors 6502a

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    Not everyday or entire day.
    However,
    for going out for running with the plan to return home to recharge.
    for walking dogs.
    for going swimming or playing at the pool with kids.
    etc
    etc
    etc
    endless possibilities.
     
  8. BrettDS macrumors 65816

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    I think the question is more “If I get an LTE watch so I can use LTE occasionally am I going to be sacrificing battery life during the days when I don’t use LTE at all?”
     
  9. fischersd macrumors 601

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    Heh, well, considering it only enables it when it can't establish a connection to your iPhone, I think you can pretty much forget about it. :)
     
  10. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Crazily because I want a sapphire screen!!
     
  11. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

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    But why would you buy it, but why activate it? For example, I bought a stainless steel WITH cellular but I may not choose to pay $15 a month for service on T-Mobile, but rather keep it tethered to my phone. Also good call on the sapphire screen. As a S0 owner I recommend it.
     
  12. Farrellcollie, Sep 23, 2017
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    Is it free/credit back/waiver to try it for a little bit of time everywhere like it is in the US?
     
  13. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Good point!

    Although there in the uk it’s only £5. Nevertheless I don’t need LTE.
     
  14. fischersd macrumors 601

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    Well, I wouldn't activate it if you don't want it.

    As for @Farrellcollie 's question about "free" - many carriers are, yes, but it's actually only free for the first X months if you continue to use it (look at the terms and conditions - you'll get billed for those months if you don't use it for the period you're agreeing to when you activate it).
     
  15. Farrellcollie macrumors 6502

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    Right if you agreed to keep it for a year or something then sure -but if you didn’t -I don’t see any problem if it’s really free for that number of months then why try it.
     
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    Oh, please point me to the website where they say it's actually free. (bet there's a cute little asterisk beside the word) :)
     
  17. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I bought the black stainless with LTE and have no plans on using LTE. Might in the future, but for the difference in price, I did not want to leave it behind.
     
  18. Farrellcollie macrumors 6502

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    Also isn’t there more storage in the LTE version ? I would think for some people that would be a reason to get it
     
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    Yep, 16GB - with 8GB being available for music (though I heard there may be a bug in that quota at the moment). Someone said they were currently limited to 2GB....something Apple will need to fix if that's impacting everyone with an S3 stainless watch.
     
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    I don’t use Apple Music and on my S0 I haven’t installed a single app that’s worthy to be there so storage isn’t an issue for me. My main want is the sapphire screen. My current sports is scratched to hell.
     
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    There is no free trial period here in the USA. You get credits that cover the activation fee and the first 3 months of service.

    Here is the actual AT&T Terms & Conditions:

    $55 CREDIT OFFER: Subject to change. Must purchase eligible device/have eligible devices and activate with eligible service. Eligible Devices: Requires (i) Apple Watch Series 3 purchase at full price, on installment agreement, or bring your own (excludes ones purchased on 2-year agreement) and (ii) HD-voice activated iPhone 6 or newer. Eligible Service: Both Apple Watch Series 3 and smartphone must be on same account with postpaid wireless voice & data services. (i) Apple Watch Series 3 requires min. $10/mo. when added to eligible shared plan;(ii) Smartphone requires min. $50/mo. for a new eligible plan (may be less if on an existing eligible plan). Bill Credit: Account and service on your line must remain active to get up to two credits ($30 service + $25 activation) w/in 3 bills. No activation credit if already waived. Offer Limits: Max. of 1 activation credit/waiver per device. One credit offer per eligible Apple Watch Series 3 activation. May not be combinable with other offers, discounts, or credits.

    Dave
     
  22. Farrellcollie macrumors 6502

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    OK I have it in writing that Verizon said I could try it for three months and cancel and it wouldn’t cost me anything If I cancelled within the 3 mos. but maybe that was because of all the other trouble I was having. I feel fairly comfortable since I have it in writing from them . I don’t plan on canceling but if I did I certainly would feel comfortable raising holy hell if they tried to charge me
     
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    If you want durability, you may want to look at the Space Black. Two+ years with my S0 and not a mark.
     
  24. edhchoe macrumors 6502a

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    Apple watches seem to be getting more popular while the phone market seems rather saturated.
    Apple will be putting more R&D into the watch because of the potential and I plan to "upgrade" every year as the new AW's come out. That's one of the reasons I went with the cheaper aluminum model.
     
  25. BrettDS macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, I don’t think that’s so crazy. I’ve had an S0, S2, and now an S3 watch and they have all been stainless steel, primarily for the screen. And each time I bought one I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to pay that much for sapphire. But I tend to be pretty hard on watches and I’m afraid I would scratch or kill the screen. Amazingly after a year with my S0 and a year with my S2 watch neither had a single mark or scratch on the screen despite the fact that both of those watches have taken some pretty hard bumps against walls and such.
     

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