What are instances where you will personally will use AW3 cellular without your phone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by applefanboy4, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. applefanboy4 macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2015
    I always have my phone. I can't think of a time I would walk around town without my phone.

    How and in what instances would being without a phone be good?
  2. Peanut207 macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    There are no instances where I'm not without my phone. However I want ss so I'm stuck buying a cellular capable watch. I don't plan on activating it though. $10 a month is a ripoff and for they very little amount of time I'm without my phone it's definitely not worth it imo.
  3. edhchoe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    it is a very good point. You don't need a LTE watch.

    I can think of several hypothetical situations for myself but T Mobile will charge me $20 per month so I will just go with a wifi watch also.
  4. igrover macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2007
    When I walk the dog in the morning - just need cellular in case of an emergency no need for the rest of the phone functions.

    When I am at the gym - no need for the rest of the phone functions however would be nice to be able to receive an emergency call.
  5. applefanboy4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2015
    especially with the iPhone x. You are going to be paying at minimum 1000 plus. Seems odd to leave that item at home that you just spent 1k on. That said the watch itself at SS price points is now almost similar. 700 plus. Plus a monthly data plan in additional to anything else.
  6. Bob190 macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2015
    I never run with my bulky iPhone 6+, so the LTE Watch will be useful if needed. Also will certainly use it to stream music while running.

    It will also allow me to go bike rides without my phone .. not that it’s a big deal to carry your phone in a jersey pocket, but it’s one less thing to carry.
  7. edhchoe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    while bicycling or running or snorkeling, i would not want my phone in my pocket.
    while working on my car I would not want my phone in my jean pocket. I could hurt myself.
    but because T Mobile will charge me $20 per mo. I will have to settle for a wifi AW3.
  8. betabeta macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2013
    Let me count the ways... hmmm

    First and foremost, twice daily running in the Park.

    Fishing, I don’t want to take my phone in the canoe, love the watch for this.

    Beach...depends, maybe.

    Hey just a minute I got run to the store, yup, always forget my phone.

    Skydiving, base jumping, mountain climbing, cliff diving.... silly getting out your phone, especially so close to the ground:eek: can’t count the times I dropped it trying to text... I know, I know, no texting while Skydiving:D
  9. Tdadlani macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2014
    Hanging out at the pool for a few hours. Quick swim.

    Walk to the store.

    Weekends when I don’t need to check on work email or the stock market.
  10. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    going to the shops/getting a paper e.t.c
    going for a walk
  11. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    I'm after the Series 3 Apple Watch Sport but unfortunately, Apple has decided to make the LTE capable version better in terms of quality and storage space, so I'm going to be buying an LTE ready Apple Watch Sport with no intention of ever using LTE. Apple's got us again.

    I don't think there has ever been a time that I've left the house without my iPhone, nor a time I wanted to.
  12. Jayne Doe macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2012
    i love my plus sized iPhone except for my morning runs and afternoon dog walks. that's over 2 hours a day i plan on being without it. i live in a "off the beaten path area" and wouldn't dream of being without a phone for security/emergency reasons. oh, and yeah, i stream music instead of listening to nature sounds. shame on me!
  13. littlesolja0925 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2017
    I have an iPhone 6+ and jogging has been a bit annoying. Cellular version will come in handy in those situations. Other than that, I'm not sure haha!
  14. shox2k2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    I probably don't need one. But I want one. So I will get one. I don't know if I will activate the cellular but it'll be nice knowing I have it. And I get free activation with my FAN so I can activate it as needed.
  15. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    How about when your phone battery dies? That's a great time to have your watch cellular working temporarily to make calls and texts?
  16. suncountry macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2015
    If my purse gets stolen.. I have a way to call for a ride.

    outside and walk to neighbor's house to chat.


    parties - can leave phone at home or in car.

    probably don't need LTE.. but thinking I can use watch as hands free device in car to take or make quick call.
  17. Ctguy macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2010
    Will be using it for outdoor running and gym. I don't like carry my 7 plus while running or gym.
  18. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Running. Something I do every day and currently do without a phone as I refuse to carry a bulky phone. The AW will at least finally give me the option. Also do lots of walks with the dog and kids that it’s nice to stay in touch. Generally I just like the freedom of being able to leave the house carrying one less thing. If I’m leaving for the day, my phone will come with me. If I’m running to the store, my watch can now keep me in contact and make my payments. Can’t wait for the day it can also start my car and unlock my house.
  19. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    There are times when I carry my phone just because my my S0 (and now S2) don't have cellular radios.

    Walking to the Dutch market, morning walks around the neighborhood 3-mile loop, to the gym, etc. When I go to the market, the phone stays in my gym bag the entire time, and the AW serves to grab my attention if someone really needs to get a hold of me.

    The main reason any of us carry phones is to maintain contact with friends, family, and coworkers. It's been like that since car phones that were so big, they doubled as armrests. Think of the watch as the new version of the basic cell phone -- a convenient communication device.

    If you already have an AW, try the first step: put your phone in your bag, or an inconvenient pocket, or someplace difficult to reach (I've begun putting my phone in my wife's purse when we're out together). Make it so you can't easily waste your time on Snapchat or Candy Crush. Let the watch do its job of notifying you.

    When you've weaned yourself off of always having the phone in hand all the time, you'll understand when an untethered AW will be useful.
  20. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    Wait. Stainless models are only available with LTE?
  21. pasadena macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    I'm thinking of buying my first AW, partly because it has cellular now and is now so much more than an iphone extension. I'm often on call for work, and I have to take my phone everywhere. I've found myself wishing I didn't have to, quite a few times. The most evident is either when I'm in the gym, or when I go for a run. No need for a belt+pouch, or an armband. Just your AW, earbuds and shoes, and you're good to go, without losing any functionality. Freedom!

    Other examples are when I go out for a quick run to the grocery store. No phone means I just have to take my keys. No purse. I can totally imagine going to the beach with just my towel, a book, and the watch. Again, no phone to protect or lug around.

    I remember how I wished the ipod nano had GPS, bluetooth, apps, and a means to get help in an emergency. Now it does, and they called it Watch :)
  22. applefanboy4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2015
    I understand what your saying and agree to an extent, but I dont know if todays iPhones are mainly for the reason you suggest. Its a huge part of it, but the phone is such a toolbox of things now, we use it for absolutely everything. One doesnt just use it to be notified of texts and make calls to friends and family. It is essentially a lifeline for billions of people in the world. They use it for absolutely everything.

    And my point earlier about spending so much on a beautiful phone like the X, only to leave it at home or something. I think that still stands. It could possibly be the most beautiful iPhone ever made, seems to be from the videos of it. Im going to be spending the most money Ive ever spent on a phone before to purchase it. Do I really want to not utilize it even less?

    I realize the Watch in its current form Series 0-2 already does this to extent, makes you less reliant on your phone. But your phone is always there with you in this case. Its not a replacement for it.
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    Females in this debate are different than males I think because from my observation very few females have their phones in their front pockets like males, due to the fact dresses or jeans made for women dont usually have room for a phone. Its usually in a back pocket or a purse as you say.

    From my sense, men generally do carry our phone wherever we go, in our front pockets. Having to lug around a purse would be a pain and I can see why you'd want the freedom of the cellular in this case, but for males i dont know.

    For runners and fitness, yeah makes sense. But general everyday use, id be more inclined to bring both. My phone and watch, at all times.
  23. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I assume it can be used for 911 calls without a plan etc so not a total loss. Also nude beach. Not me just sayin.
  24. RMSko macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    I have the plus version of the phone and although I carry it in my front pocket, when I'm wearing jeans it's very tight. I could see me ditching the phone a lot:

    - When I go out to dinner
    - When I go to the beach
    - When I go to a sporting event or concert
    - When I go for a bike ride

    Basically, I could see me with just the watch in any circumstance where the only reason I'm taking my phone is to ensure I'm not missing something important.

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