Series 3 LTE Model without Cell Plan

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  1. Briggsdn2001 macrumors newbie

    Briggsdn2001

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    Hi!

    Perhaps an odd question, but can you purchase a Cell model and not use the cell plan? The reason I ask this is that I want to use the watch for exercise and I Love the idea of running outside without my phone but still being connected, however, as I live in a cold weather climate, I will be moving to an indoor exercise bike for the winter months where my phone can be nearby.

    Essentially, I am willing to pay for the cell connection from April - October, but the rest of the year, I’m not sure it’s worth it. Anyone have any insight on this?

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. Leica Dad Suspended

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    For T-Mobile, the watch plan is on monthly contract and you can cancel it anytime and activate when you need!
     
  3. Briggsdn2001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is exactly what I am looking for. I am on ATT right now....would I have to switch everything over to make that work. Any ATT people have experience with this
     
  4. wesselya macrumors member

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    Att is the same. You can cancel anytime and start it up again.
     
  5. gatorknight904 macrumors 6502a

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    I would think it’s the same on AT&T... Just call and confirm. #611 on your cell.
     
  6. Leica Dad Suspended

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    One more thing, I believe the activation fee is currently waived under promotion period, so you might be charge the fee in the future to re-activated. Which you might still end up saving $20-30 compared to keep the plan all year.
     
  7. LMMAACC macrumors 6502

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    I want the SS watch but I really don’t need the cell plan but maybe will use in future. Can I pair the series 3 watch with my phone and use it without a cell plan? Thanks
     
  8. Leica Dad Suspended

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    Yes, just skip the cellular setup then it will just work like normal Apple Watch!
     
  9. LMMAACC macrumors 6502

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    Thank you. I was hoping that was how it worked.
     
  10. Briggsdn2001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all of the help and good conversation everyone.
     
  11. Chacocliff macrumors 6502

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    I would check with ATT. I was told that since it is an electronic sim, that once you cancel the plan on the watch, it cannot be activated again. I’m not 100% sure the rep knew what they were talking about though.
     
  12. techspin macrumors 6502a

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    Does the sim self-destruct? ;)
     
  13. dave006 Contributor

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    No the eSIM does not self-destruct but on the iPad Pro with the eSIM, AT&T was / is able to lock the eSIM to AT&T. The good news in the case of the iPad Pro is that it also has a nano-SIM so you can just put a nano-SIM from the Carrier of your choice and keep moving.

    Dave
     
  14. co1f macrumors regular

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    From the fine print, it looks like there could be a $25 activation fee each time. For me, I think of $120/year as cheap insurance to have a cellular backup should I forget my iPhone occasionally.
     
  15. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

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    Don't forget the Plus taxes, Federal fees, local taxes, etc.
     
  16. co1f macrumors regular

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    Yes, that’s an excellent point. I’m guessing my monthly bill for this will probably be closer to $15 per month. Still reasonable to me for an extra device I’m most likely to have with me when I forget my phone... but outrageous nonetheless. Shame on whoever tacks on all the added fees/taxes. :)
     
  17. dave006 Contributor

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    No it should be less that a dollar. One of the lines on my plan is $40 and the added fees and taxes are only $2.81. Don't you people ever look at a bill?

    Dave
     
  18. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

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    I think it depends of where you live. For instance, the city right next to me charges local taxes on cell plans but my city does not. And yes, I do look at my phone bill every single month.
    EDIT: I just looked on my bill and my fee to join our plan is $15.00 a month but with the added taxes it's $18.52.
     
  19. co1f macrumors regular

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    I do :)
    I’ll try to remember to post back here after my next bill.
    My current bill has the $10 + $25 + prorated monthly + taxes/fees comes to $41.xx
    Extra iPhones on my Att plan are $15/mo, but with taxes/fees comes to $21.xx
    So that’s where my “about $15/mo” for my watch came from.
    Happy for it to be less than that of course!
     
  20. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Where I am, it is close to $7 in fees and taxes.
     

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