question on replacing Apple Watch in same cellular watch line

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by kevjen888, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. kevjen888 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    I sold my AW3 last week and ordered an aluminum 4 with cellular which will arrive today. I unpaired my watch 3 before I sold it, thought that’d automatically cancel my watch’s cellular plan. However, apprearently that’s not the case per Verizon store. According to them, I removed the older watch from my line but that number dedicated for the watch is still under my account.

    Verizon suggesting me to visit their store or call in to place my new watch onto that same number then pair it to my iPhone, otherwise it’ll create a new line if I just pair it without canceling out the previous watch line. Does this make sense? Can I just pair the new watch but not enable the cellular function (use it like a GPS model) until I have time to call in or visit Verizon store?
  2. SaddleSC macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    I have T-Mobile and had a Series 3 LTE Apple Watch. All I had to do was remove the cellular plan from the existing watch (in the Watch app on my iPhone). Then, when I set up my new Series 4, it automatically detected that I had an active plan with T-Mobile and asked if I would like to pair my current plan with the new watch. I clicked "yes" and it set everything up in about 30 seconds. With TMO, there was no need to call the carrier. YMMV with Verizon, but it was very seamless for me.
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You watch phone line is still active no matter if you are using it or not. Just go to the carrier store and tell them you want to move service over to your new watch, if you do not want to do that, tell them to cancel your watch phone line.
  4. kevjen888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008

    Wish that’s the case with Verizon as well, can any Verizon users confirm? I really want to try out the watch immediately but don’t have the time to go to VZ store or call in.
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    Also, do carriers charge upgrade fee for watches? I know for iPhones they charge $30 upgrade fee.
  5. dsampley macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2007
    AT&T works exactly the same way
  6. LMMAACC macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2010
    St Louis
    I am getting ready to set up my series 4 from series 3, AT&T. so unpair the watch, remove cellular plan and then set up new watch, add cellular plan and that's it?
  7. mathewr macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    i set up my watch from a backup. when it got to the part about setting up cellular it asked if i wanted to replace this watch with the number for my now old watch. it was very easy.

    im not sure how it works if u set up from new.
  8. kevjen888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    From Verizon’s instruction I read, if you had a cellular watch before it will ask if you want to replace that watch or set up new. If you choose set up new then you’ll open another $10/month watch line. Correct me if I’m wrong. I will give it a try later today.
  9. genomez macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2006
    It will ask you if you want your new Watch to replace the old Watch (during the Verizon portion of the Watch setup). I just did it this morning.
  10. kevjen888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    So you paired the watch to the phone first, and then it asked you that when you setting up cellular on the watch, correct?
  11. genomez macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2006
    During the pairing process it will ask you about replacing the old watch with the new one while you are going through the Verizon part of the pairing process.
  12. rojocrandall macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2009
    Just 30 mins ago I just switched from S3 to S4 at an Apple Store.
    I unpaired S3 but selected "keep cellular plan". Once completed, paired S4 with iPhone and cellular joined back
    up with same number seamlessly.
  13. kevjen888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008

    I remember I chose “remove” cellular plan when I unpaired my S3. But according to Verizon my line is still there until I call in to cancel. So does this mean I can just pair my new watch and use the exiting line if I choose the option to replacing a watch rather than adding a new line?
  14. rojocrandall macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2009
    Yes - exactly.
    The Remove/Keep options only apply to the watch you are unpairing...not your cellular provider account.
    I do not think it actually matters what you do with the cellular plan on the old watch.
    Once it is unpaired, your cellular service is available for the new watch.

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