- May 26, 2016
While waiting for my watch to be delivered, I was wondering if someone can take me through the process of adding it to my existing EE plan and the amount you’re paying for it.
I am on that link but it does not talk about the extra amount one needs to pay for the Watch connection.
Yes carrier prices have VAT (Value Added Tax) which is 20%. Most prices for most consumer items in the stores already include the VATIn the US we have additional taxes and fees that can add 50% or more to the monthly service. I guess you don't have those in the UK since your prices usually reflect taxes.
I went through the process of signing up via the Apple Watch setup screens.
While it did work, it was a surprisingly awkward experience compared to everything else - it loads a web view, in which the mobile operator loads a horrid site, complete with cookie popups.
I’m surprised the integration wasn’t more slick, and worked via an api Apple controlled rather than a web view.
I guess that’s simply because Apple created the base app but the signing up process is left up to the carriers based on their infrastructure / proprietary software solution. Also it’s easier to let carriers deal with that bit rather than them exposing specific APIs for apple to integrate with.
The archetype I had in mind of course is Apple Pay - you don’t get a janky web view to add a card from your bank, it’s a slick experience with a standard native process.
Apple usually do what’s easiest for the user, and have some clout in enforcing that, hence my surprise.
Apple Pay doesn’t work with complicated contract setup. Generally Apple Pay is good for one off / subscription type of product. It might be possible if apple sets up such deal with the carriers but I’m thinking it might be too much hassle for a one off user journey.
I believe credit card data has more strict regulation applied to it than wireless carrier setups, so it has become more standardized and easier to create a universal front end for.No I didn’t mean paying with Apple Pay.
I meant the setup process of Apple Pay itself being an example of Apple controlling the interface completely (when you add a card etc.).
And I also mean that Apple gets to decide if it’s too much hassle, and since they are the one trillion dollar business handing out exclusivity deals, they usually seem to decide on what’s the slickest.