Truthfully, will i even benefit from LTE/Cellular Version?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by esaelias, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. esaelias macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2016
    i am on three and i do not thing they will have lte on a watch any time soon....

    also i keep the phone with me all times really

    does having an lte over normal gps have benefit?

    what option would you go for?
  2. PHILIP1193 macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2007
    I suspect not. For me I have it due to running without my phone.

    Beyond that I really don’t see He point.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Ask yourself if you would appreciate having the independence away from your iPhone. Do you think you really have a need for LTE where you would want to take messages, notifications and or stream your music away from your iPhone? Being that you keep your iPhone on you regularly, it doesn't seem like something that LTE would benefit you directly.
  4. iamasmith macrumors 6502


    Apr 10, 2015
    Cheshire, UK
    You don't say what country you are in but I'm in the UK and was on Three and I switched to EE mainly to enable cellular on my SS Series 3. I did a little check on the unlimited data I had and what I was actually using and EE looked OK with equivalent roaming for the sim only contract and I got the bonus of getting visual voicemail back which I really missed with Three after leaving O2.

    In the UK EE is the ONLY carrier that has the channels that the AW3 Cellular supports so it's down completely to infrastructure at the moment rather than any supporting system implementation that they would need to do.

    TBH it's a bit of a gimmick for me - I intentionally go out for walks leaving everything behind but the Watch and my BeatsX and love the music/streaming.

    I possibly will also leave the phone in the car when I'm wading and going fly fishing too which is my second use case, although I do have an iPhone 7 which should be able to handle a dunk if I trip.

    I ended up going for Cellular because I wanted steel again (I had the S0 SS).. maybe I would have gone for a non Cellular version if they made it in SS but it would probably have been so close in price I would have gone for the Cellular version anyway.
  5. Nell macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2012
    I also switched from Three to EE for the watch and love having visual voicemail back. For me the Watch is about still being contactable when I forget my phone or when its battery dies (which is often). So really I hope I never make use of the cellular service but it’s worth a fiver a month for the peace of mind. Whether it’s worth it for you, only you can decide.
  6. andresandiego macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2015
    San Diego, Ca

    I think you already know the answer to this, you seem to want others to validate it.
  7. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I always used to have my phone with me, since that’s the only way I could get messages. Now that I have the LTE S3, I can leave my phone behind if I step out briefly and still stay ‘connected’.

    Most useful is when I’m at work - I can leave my phone in my office and walk down to the far end of the hall and not worry about missing any messages.
  8. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    East of Eden
    Not in the UK so I don't have your carrier issues but...I don't have the cell radio hooked up right now. US$120/year seemed steep. But I expect there will be changes in plan pricing and changes in what the LTE Watch can do and changes in what I want to do with it in the two or three years I plan to own this, so I bought the LTE model for some future flexibility. $70 total over three years (<$25/year) seemed like a reasonable bet.

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