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EE will be the exclusive mobile network in the U.K. to offer a tariff for the new LTE-capable Apple Watch Series 3 when it begins shipping later this month.

Announced at Apple's media event on Tuesday, the latest version of the smartwatch contains an eSIM that can connect to a 4G LTE network so users can make and receive calls on their wrist, while watchOS apps can make use of the mobile data connection while untethered from an iPhone.

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According to the BBC's Dave Lee, the EE tariff for the Apple Watch Series 3 will be £5 per month for existing EE iPhone contract holders, with the calling function on the watch using the same number as the owner's phone.

EE customers will be able to sign up for the new tariff when the Series 3 Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order on September 15, costing £399 with cellular connectivity and £329 without. Orders for the new watch are expected to arrive on September 22, which is the official launch date of the device.

EE boss @MarcAllera says the tariff for the cellular apple watch will be £5 a month - Dave Lee (@DaveLeeBBC) September 12, 2017

Apple only mentioned EE as a U.K. carrier for the Apple Watch Series 3 during its media event yesterday, but it's likely that other U.K. networks will offer their own tariffs as the market for the LTE smartwatch matures.

Update: MacRumors reader Matt Graham contacted O2 support, who confirmed to him that the O2 network will also be supporting 4G LTE on Apple Watch Series 3, although no firm date was given.

Article Link: UK Network EE Will Offer £5 a Month Cellular Tariff for LTE-Capable Apple Watch Series 3
 

Quu

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That's what we want, another plan! - But honestly I do think the £5 isn't that bad. £60 a year for LTE on the watch to me is reasonable.

That red dot on the crown however? No thanks lol
 
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MrGimper

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TBH I don't want cellular, I have a phone for that..... As they don't do anything other than the Aluminium in non-cellular, and the fact I'm with O2 gives me more than enough reasons to miss this gen out.
 
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How much data do we get for £5 though? It you are using this for streaming Apple music you are going to need a decent allowance.

I'd like to see deals where you can share your data plan from your phone with the watch, similar to what EE do if you have a phone and tablet plan.
 
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groovyf

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I'm with EE, and even though £5 isn't too bad (and better than I was expecting!), I'm not sure it's for me. 'd happily take the Watch 3 without LTE
 
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As they don't do anything other than the Aluminium in non-cellular,

That is a shame, i'd have bought the non-celluar Series 3 if they did stainless steel like my Series 3 Watch just for the increased speed and power.

Cellular never appealed to me - I don't know why people got so excited about it on here months ago. The same people complained the iPhone was too small, then it got massive and suddenly they wanted to leave it at home and just go out with a watch on instead ffs.
 
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Big_Al

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Not an EE customer. I'm hoping I can still buy the cellular watch at release and get cellular enabled once my network provider is on board.
 
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MrGimper

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That is a shame, i'd have bought the non-celluar Series 3 if they did stainless steel like my Series 3 Watch just for the increased speed and power.

Cellular never appealed to me - I don't know why people got so excited about it on here months ago. The same people complained the iPhone was too small, then it got massive and suddenly they wanted to leave it at home and just go out with a watch on instead ffs.

Yep, same reason I would have upgraded. Everything but cellular.

I do get why some certain, particular scenarios would benefit from a cellular watch. What I think is amusing was the Apple Watch + Apple Music advert they showed. Why that skateboarder needed LTE to stream apple music to his watch when he had plenty of pockets and clothes to store his iPhone in is a mystery.
 
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And again, how does $399 convert to £399?

It should £300 or £360 with VAT (if sales tax isn't included in US price).

The same is true across the board of Apple products.

In North America prices don’t include taxes which are added later at the checkout so maybe the £399 is tax included
 
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Quu

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And again, how does $399 convert to £399?

It should £300 or £360 with VAT (if sales tax isn't included in US price).

The same is true across the board of Apple products.

Apple doesn't like to reprice things mid way through a products life cycle. With the way brexit negotiations Apple is hedging its bets that our currency may fall, this way they don't have to reprice anything.

It's **** for us UK buyers of which I am one, but then I'm not buying any of the new things they announced anyway.
 
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DOA for now, not with EE. Though not keen for £5 , on a great old plan and I suspect they will want you to upgrade to a new plan
 
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CarpalMac

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How much data do we get for £5 though? It you are using this for streaming Apple music you are going to need a decent allowance.

I'd like to see deals where you can share your data plan from your phone with the watch, similar to what EE do if you have a phone and tablet plan.
Using your same number, presumably the phone and watch all come from the same allowance?

£5 would have been very, very interesting to me, if it was through Three and as long as the watch will stream Google Play Music. Be a great upgrade over my iPod shuffle.
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Apple doesn't like to reprice things mid way through a products life cycle.
They just changed some iPad pro prices? Also the Mac prices when the launched the Touchbar Macbook. Also as part of the "Blame Brexit" opportunism. In fact they do change prices quite regularly!
 
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Sheza

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Existing iPhone contract holders?

But what if, like many, you're with EE on a SIM-only plan?
 
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Unggoy Murderer

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And again, how does $399 convert to £399?

It should £300 or £360 with VAT (if sales tax isn't included in US price).

The same is true across the board of Apple products.
Don't forget that US retails do not include state tax in their prices. The amount varies between 6-12% depending on the state, so the prices really aren't that far out.
 
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Azzin

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Don't forget that US retails do not include state tax in their prices. The amount varies between 6-12% depending on the state, so the prices really aren't that far out.
I worked out earlier that I could by a 256GB iPhone X with Applecare included in NYC, for the same price as it would cost in the U.K for just the phone, so there's enough of a difference.
 
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Veinticinco

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Not an EE customer. I'm hoping I can still buy the cellular watch at release and get cellular enabled once my network provider is on board.
You'll have at least a 2-year wait or so given the other networks weren't even in the "coming next year" slide.

Oh and as an aside, whilst we're on the subject of Dave Lee of the BBC, watch his brilliantly incisive (sarcasm) tech report on the X here :rolleyes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41249367

Oh and it gets better...:rolleyes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/busine...n-embarrassing-failure-during-its-iphone-demo
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And again, how does $399 convert to £399?
Didn't you hear Cook quote Jobs quote Gretzsky?

Apple prices their products to where the £ is going to be (post-Brexit), not where it's been.
 
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Pagemakers

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Surely the watch needs to be on the same number as your phone?

If you're a non EE customer and purchase the LTE version you'll have a different phone number for the watch and your mobile...
 
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iSimon

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I took it to mean any form of contract you have with them, SIM-only, monthly, etc.
I wouldn't take that as guaranteed. It may well be the same rules as their current "shared data plan" policy (whereby you can share your data across additional SIMs) as that is only available on actual phone plans, not SIM only. I asked about this a while back as I was looking to get an additional SIM to use in my car but was told it was only available with phone contracts and I was only interested in SIM only.
 
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Veinticinco

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Is it? I basically read EE's statement (about needing TWO contracts, one for each device) as "if you don't have an EE phone contract, you won't be able to use the cellular features of the AW3 in the UK". You won't have 2 numbers, the watch just won't work using LTE.

At the moment, it's not even confirmed whether you can buy the LTE watch and not activate that function, in the vain hope your other network jumps onboard soon. I mean, surely that's the case (just as not using cellular function in the wifi + cell iPad) but who knows at this point. Common sense isn't a given anymore...
 
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