Sell Me on LTE Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by nightcap965, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    I just zorched my Series 2 Apple Watch. What I thought was a scratch on the crystal must've been a crack, because after five minutes in the pool ... dead.

    I've been hooked on the Apple Watch since the first one. The only reason I'm not in serious withdrawal is that I still have my Series 0. But that won't cut it for long. I'm going to need a new Apple Watch, soon.

    Give me a good excuse to buy the LTE model.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The LTE advantage allows you to not be tethered to your iPhone if you want to make a quick phone call, reply to some messages and it’s excellent when you’re using it for fitness and you can stream your music right from your Apple Watch to you Airpods as another example.

    I carry a large iPhone, I don’t want to have it with me at all the time, And LTE at least allows you the freedom of not having to have your iPhone wherever you go.

    The LTE model also includes a ceramic backing, which is more scratch resistant over the composite backing on the non-LTE models.

    Some carriers were even allowing a free trial, and you could check with your carrier, which may or may not still be offered.

    If you purchase the LTE model, you don’t have to activate the LTE functionality, and you could activate the LTE at a later time if you change your mind.
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Apple's website (which you should have looked at first instead of looking for other people to do your own research) gives you the pros of having a LTE watch. Whether you want to pay the monthly fee after the trial is another is up to you.

    It's not the forum's duty to convince you of a purchase. If you need that, you need to reassess your financial reasoning.
     
  4. nightcap965 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Feeling grumpy today, are we? Also presumptuous. I did, in fact, look at Apple's website. And I saw the keynote. Both of which are very shiny and professional. What I'm wondering is what people's real-world experiences with it have been. Would someone who owns one recommend it, and why?

    If that's not the stated purpose of this forum, what is? Relax. friend.
     
  5. BasicGreatGuy, Mar 11, 2018
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    What you just said here is a lot different than starting a thread with sell me the watch. Asking the forum if there have been any problems with the watch and would you recommend to another, are valid prepurchase questions to ask. I got no problem with that. That is what your OP should have contained, (along with a better thread title) instead of leading people to believe you really have to be convinced of something you don't know about.
     
  6. nightcap965 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Please take a peek at how long I've been on MacRumors forums before trying to teach Grandma how to suck eggs, BasicGreat. You seem like you're in a grumpy mood. Being a grumpy old man myself, I sympathize. And when I'm in a sour mood, I tend to interpret things in a negative light. But please remember, nobody is under any obligation whatsoever to respond to any message. Hope your day improves.
     
  7. Speechless macrumors 6502a

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    [​IMG]

    I was in your boat. I had a Series 0 and it was fine for what it was, still an impressive little beast. I thought I could get away with the S0 but just saved and got the S3. Seriously, it is incredible. It is stupid fast and honestly feels like this is the device it should have always been. It's brighter, FASTER, audible, and the battery life is insane (i'm talking DAYS with normal use). I REALLY didn't want to have to shell out money to buy a Series 3, I thought the S0 was fine. No remorse here.

    Just go ahead and get one, try it out for 15 days. I really think you'll enjoy it.
     
  8. nightcap965 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! It looks like the LTE has twice the storage, too. I'm checking with T-Mobile. Their three-month free offer started September 17 - I don't know if it's still active. The current deal seems to be "Buy an Apple Watch, get a second for half price!" Which is fine, but the Unindicted Co-Conspirator has a perfectly good Series 2 and doesn't really use it much.
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    Yeah, the Series 0 was great, but I got really used to the speed, brightness, and water-resistance (until today) of the Series 2. I know I won't be happy living with the Series 0 until the Insanely Great Series 4 comes along.

    Do you have the LTE model or the GPS model?
     
  9. csurfr macrumors 68020

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    I’ll give you my 2 cents. Take it as you will. Deal?

    I have owned all of the Apple Watch models out there except a series one. My now S3LTE is great in that it’s fast, bright, and holds an insane charge. I’ve gone 2-3 days without it on the charger.

    Now, as far as LTE goes, I’m paying the monthly fee (10.00 on T-Mobile), but I don’t find myself out and about without my phone that often. About the only time I have found LTE handy is when exercising. Go for a run or a swim and you don’t miss anything.

    I’ve walked to the store with just the watch as well, and while it’s great, sometimes Siri voice recognition for message response isn’t all that hot. And scribbling a reply is a little off for me as I’m left handed but also wear my watch on my left wrist. You can see the problem.

    I think LTE has its place, and I think for some people it’s fantastic. Personally, for me, I think it was more of a “I’d rather have it and not use it often” as opposed to “wish I had it and now I don’t” kind of thing.
     
  10. nightcap965 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! I generally buy the fully loaded version of any Apple product, and I think you're right, it would be better to have it and not use it often. I'm also having a bad case of bicycling fever (whenever the Nor'easters finish blowing and the snow stops falling), and that would be a good time to leave the iPhone at home. I'm going to go for it.
     
  11. csurfr macrumors 68020

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    Ah yeah, I feel you. My last year in Philadelphia we ended up with like 2 feet of snow in just over 24 hours. It’s always nice when they plow the streets into dump trucks and then dump it in the river.
     
  12. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    Having just bought the LTE watch about a month ago with T-Mobile I can confirm the 3 month free deal is still active.
     
  13. csurfr macrumors 68020

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    I wish T-Mobile still offered the sport loops. Not sure why they stopped carrying them on their site.
     
  14. Speechless macrumors 6502a

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    My bad, I have GPS. I am never at all without my phone and would go for LTE for peace of mind, but AT&T wants to charge $20 + fees for it - which is beyond ridiculous for something I might use once every thirteen months.
     
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    Not sure if it matters for your situation, but I bought mine at Best Buy and activated through TMobile.
     
  16. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    According to AT&T website for a new user, the watch fee is $10.00 a month plus taxes for Brooklyn, NY.
     
  17. csurfr macrumors 68020

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    I could pick it up at Apple, but as my business pays for our cell phones, etc, we can let it pay for the watches as well every month.

    I didn’t think about it, but Apple should be releasing new bands for Spring in the next week or so. That might explain the lack of stock at T-Mobile.
     
  18. Speechless macrumors 6502a

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    I already contacted them to see exactly how much I would pay but thank you.
     
  19. Relentless Power, Mar 11, 2018
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    In my opinion, this is the type of negative rehroric that takes away the nature from discussion and the thread itself. @nightcap965 clearly understands they could visit Apple‘s website, but isn’t the point on a discussion related website about the Apple Watch To define others experiences and viewpoints on why they would be interested? Why be dismissive and and attempt to thwart the OP elsewhere, when they’re seeking advice/feedback from first-hand users with the Apple Watch On a thread they created? I don’t believe it’s about validation as much as it is why someone would appreciate LTE on the Apple Watch or not finding its usefulness, which apparently you have offered nothing Pertinent in that respect besides listing Apples website.
     
  20. Kermit262 macrumors 6502

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    I got my LTE Series 3 158 days ago (coincides with my current move streak so each day my watch tells me how long I've owned it) and I'm glad that I went with the LTE model. I run regularly and usually don't bring my phone. I like being in touch with my wife either through texts or voice. My buddy runs with a non-LTE and is jealous every time I answer a call. :) Also, many times I've left the home without my phone, intentionally or not, and have been grateful that I'm able to be in communication with family. Throw in the ceramic back and sapphire screen, and the LTE definitely gets a high recommendation from me. I think you'll be very happy with it.
     
  21. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    As an owner of the Nike LTE you may not use LTE often but it’s nice to have

    Something as simple as going to the shops quickly you can leave your phone and wallet at home for me is great. The option of going to the gym without needing to worry about where to put your phone when doing weights for example.

    Or going for walks with your dog it’s just handy I feel.
     
  22. rugmankc Contributor

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    My question of interest would be--Is LTE on the AW as good as the iPhone? I wouldn't want to leave home with the AW and find out I can not get a signal in a spot I did with the iPhone. If they are equal, I would get the LTE even if only occasionally used.
     
  23. nightcap965 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'd be very surprised if it was even close. The space for antenna and battery are limited. But I'll find out.
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    Thanks! As soon as the Unindicted Co-Conspirator finishes her coffee, I'm on my way to the nearest Apple store. (It's only fifty miles away...)
     
  24. rugmankc Contributor

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    That was my thought also.
     
  25. nightcap965 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nah, it's cool. I've been there. It's said there are no stupid questions, but let's be honest, there are an awful lot of inquisitive idiots. Between them and the trolls (Apple ruined my life! The MacBook fails to make waffles! Tim Cook should be fired!), it's easy to get in a foul mood. No worries. I used to run a FidoNet BBS back in the days before the World Wide Web. We had two rules: Thou shalt not be easily offended and Thou shalt not be needlessly offensive.
     

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