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Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Mel8899, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Mel8899 macrumors regular

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    I got an Series 3 Apple Watch yesterday and wasn’t told I’d have to pay $10 mo for cellular. Is there anyway to use watch without cellular? I have AT&T...
     
  2. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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    Some series 3 models do not have cellular.
    What model did you purchase?
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    You don't have to activate the cellular if you don't want to. You can bypass that during the set up initially during the Apple Watch. If you decide to activate the cellular, that's when you'll receive an additional $10.00 charge on your monthly invoice from your carrier.
     
  4. Mel8899 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Then can I Bluetooth is to phone and still get texts and calls?
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    Absolutely. You can use Bluetooth as a primary and the Apple Watch will also use a known wifi signal as well.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204562
     
  6. KrisLord macrumors 65816

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    Also, it’s not really $10. There’s a whole thread on here showing how US customers are paying $12-17 per month after various taxes and admin fees are added.

    If you’re not going to use cellular, why not return it and buy a non-LTE model?

    There are non-LTE versions of the aluminium models available.
     
  7. Mel8899 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I decided to keep cellular for now. They have a special that waived activation and three months free. Pretty decent deal!
     
  8. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    You must be on Verizon. :) I am making use of the same deal.
     
  9. Mel8899 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Actually AT&T, must have same deal!
     
  10. doxielover macrumors 6502a

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    Works only on postpaid no prepaid.
     
  11. Mel8899 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not sure what you mean
     
  12. doxielover macrumors 6502a

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    I'm talking about LTE watch. If you have a prepaid like simple T-Mobile or like what I have $30 prepaid with Tmo where it's refilled each month or a pay as you go you refill it can't be added. It only works on a postpaid plan in that the carrier can add the $10 a mo for the watch. Maybe someone here is better at explaining the difference.
     
  13. Mel8899, Jan 3, 2018
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    Mel8899 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have AT&T and I don’t have prepaid.
     
  14. mikecwest macrumors 6502a

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    Sprint also has the same deal, but $15.00 a month after that....
     
  15. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    Glad you're happy, but just wanted to make sure you were aware that you can get a non-LTE version of series 3 for $100 less (identical in every way except no LTE). And as others mentioned when the 3 month period goes away you'll really be paying around $15+ a month with taxes/fees. Also if you are planning on deactivating and reactivating the cellular on occasion when you think you'll need it, you'll have to pay an activation fee EACH time which is around $30 I believe for AT&T.

    The carriers really make it horrible to get the cellular version. $5 (inclusive of fees) with no activation fee would be more reasonable. I'd even be ok with some stipulations such as needing to have a certain plan or be paying a certain total value.
     
  16. dave006 Contributor

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    Just a correction: The non-LTE model aka base Series 3 is not identical in every way except no LTE.

    The Cellular model has double the storage 16 GB vs 8 GB on the base Series 3 and the Cellular model has a ceramic back instead of a composite back.

    In my view these 2 additional features makes the Cellular version a winner even if you never activate Cellular (LTE) service!

    Dave
     

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