Series 3 questions - $10 month Unlimited ATT plan ok?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by FoxD, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. FoxD macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    im in the grandfathered ATT data plan. Is it still just $10 extra a month to use the Series 3 Watch?
    Does it share the same number? Will it ring both at same time or do you set that up? Or does Watch get own number?
  2. ideal.dreams, Sep 15, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017

    ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    Per the keynote the watch does not get its own number, it shares the number of your iPhone. I can't provide any insight to your other questions.

    Edit: it appears that this isn't technically true – the Apple Watch apparently does get its own number and then each carrier has a method of "syncing" that number against your iPhone's number to make it appear as though your watch's number is the same.
  3. CBSubliminal macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2012
    On att i think all wearable devices get a number. At least for both of mine they did. You link the watch to your number using att numbersync.
  4. FoxD thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    Hmm, so will the data for the Watch be part of my unlimited plan?
  5. Jayne Doe macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2012
    From the att website. . .

    Eligible iPhone plans:
    • AT&T Unlimited Plus℠
    • AT&T Unlimited Choice℠
    • Mobile Share Advantage℠
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    They really do want us off the old unlimited plans, I guess.
  7. FoxD thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    So are you telling me that because I'm on the old days unlimited plan I can't get the Watch with cellular added?
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    That's what it looks like. They'll add it to a multi-line plan or sell you a $10 wearable plan, but only if you have one of the new "unlimited" plans.
  9. TWD98j macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2010
    Actually you can do this, just don't do it online. I am in the same boat as far as having a legacy AT&T grandfathered plan. When I tried purchasing the S3 watch through AT&T's website, the site was defaulting me to purchase a mobile share plan for the watch, which I was not going to do. I did bring up the online chat with a rep and when I asked about this, the rep told me to "add any plan, and it will come off once we link to your account." Yeah, call me skeptical, but I was not going to buy it, so to speak. So I did not go that route.

    I went into an AT&T store and explained things. On their iPads in the AT&T store they are able to bring my plan up and add the watch to my individual plan manually. The sales guy was able to show me how the only cost was going to be the $10 per month added. And since I paid full price up front for my S3 watch, there is no commitment to AT&T to keep a service plan for any length or period of time.

    It did give me a new/different number for the watch, but at the AT&T store I was told that as soon as I sync the watch with my iPhone, it should be all set for the S3 watch to ring to the same number.
  10. sumiregusa, Sep 16, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017

    sumiregusa macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2013
    I also have a grandfathered unlimited data plan and had an AT&T rep tell me verbatim that the S3 with cellular which I purchased through the Apple Store will sync with your current plan and use that phone number.

    Very good news!
  11. FoxD thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    Thank you! Super helpful. I was on the phone getting the runaround and was told I had to switch plans and it was going to be $50 more a month thanks.

    Let us know what happens when you activate it. So you preordered in ATT store? Can we buy on beestbuy and just activate it in store? Kind of lost on how to do this and keep getting the runaround on the phone with ATT
  12. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    For what's it's worth. I moved off mine a few months back. It was only a few dollars more after the three price hikes that the legacy plans had in the last 18 months or so and now I have tethering for free as well. I was determined to keep mine as well but finally gave in.
  13. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Good to hear. I'll check it out.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 16, 2017 ---
    If they honored corporate discounts on the new unlimited plans I'd probably switch, but they don't.
  14. FoxD thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    Exactly. We save $37 a month with corporate discount. Shame they don't honor them on new plans.

    Fingers crossed it works out with old school unlimited plan.
  15. Zune55 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2015
    Just spoke to att rep, told me to switch from pre-paid plan to post-paid which is $50 unlimited data, talk and text plus apple data is also included. I told I bought watch from Apple Store and he said that is okay. No need to buy on installments or from att.
  16. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    How does it work? Do you need the serial number of the Apple Watch? I pre-ordered mine from Apple and it doesn't show up yet. I may just wait until it arrives Friday and see what the AT&T store can do. I don't expect this launch weekend to be as busy as previous years since the "main event" is 6 weeks later.
  17. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Fixed. I can definitely see AT&T using this as leverage to pry some more grandfathered unlimited plans out of people's hands.
  18. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    True, but a poster above claimed he was able to get AT&T to let him sign onto the $10 plan. We grandfathered unlimited users still get Numbersync so hopefully the in-store solution will work.
  19. eagleglen macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I've called AT&T twice and spoke at length with the reps. They were both adamant I would need to move off of the grandfathered unlimited plan to add the Watch, or else get separate line, which was ridiculously expensive. For me, to switch to the Unlimited Plus is an extra $10, so in effect, I'd be paying $20 more to add the Watch. I would also be able to add my iPad for an additional $20 which I have on T-Mobile right now. Having unlimited data for it might be worthwhile.
  20. FoxD thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    No way I will lose my plan. I did the math and the new plan is going to be $50 more a month for my wife and me. Not happening. I have already ordered the Apple Watch S3 for both of us too. I will walk in the store and demand to only pay an additional $10 per line. They will make it work or I will cancel. False advertising.
  21. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    Im not marking an argument that Verizon T-Mobile or Sprint are better carriers.

    But Whatever the answer is at&t doesn't make it easy, doesn't make it clear, doesn't offer any value.
    They will always go the extra mile to alienate their customer base
    Consistently throwing away thousands of dollars in good will over pennies in upcharges
    at&t Always the wrong choice .......
  22. Ssunbrn macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    I'm in the same position as several others. I purchased the Apple Watch LTE with the expectation that I could add it to my grandfathered unlimited plan for $10 a month. I will be extremely disappointed if that isn't possible.
  23. tman1425 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    I'm in the same situation as well. I don't see why we can't add it to our grandfathered unlimited plan. ATT allows us to use number sync to make and receive calls on my wi-fi iPad using my cellphone number. It shouldn't be any different; although, they will charge $10/month to use LTE data in this case since it's not wi-fi. I'm going to be pissed if my apple watch arrives on Friday and ATT won't let me add it to my plan. If anything, ATT should want all of us to add the watch to our plan since it uses less data than our phones.
  24. CBSubliminal macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2012
    What are yalls status in shipping

    mine says in progress sept 21-sept 28
  25. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    East Coast

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