When do you need LTE on Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by drober30, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. drober30 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
    I'm trying to think, when am I without my phone in my pocket that I would need LTE on my Apple Watch?

    As I think about upgrading to Series 3, what are some of the reasons your willing to pay $10 per month extra to have LTE on your watch?
    • Like Apples demo, pretty cool and even a safety feature if swimming or out in the middle of a lake.
    • I understand streaming Apple Music on runs, I use Spotify because my kids prefer it, although I like Apple music because they have content filters.

    • Maybe the gym working out but I'm not going to answer a speakerphone call in the middle of the gym? I would at least get texts or see who's calling but gym probably has Wi-Fi anyway.
    So for those people that $10 extra per month was a factor in your decision but you bought LTE version anyway, what was your reasons/justifications?
  2. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    Running to the grocery store, going for a walk or run, the gym, leaving my phone on my desk at work while I run to a quick conversation, dinner without the distraction. I’ve already done 4+ of those. Also I live life in soccer shorts, so it’s one less thing to carry.
  3. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Buy the lte, and don’t pay for the service $10/ month until u want to use it
  4. Farrellcollie macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2011
    I have to have 2 phones - this way I only have to carry one around with me- also it makes it easy for me to get phone calls/stay in touch/ not miss a call/text on personal phone (I have a very sick family member)
  5. nandopr, Sep 24, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2017

    nandopr macrumors regular


    Jul 17, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    When you leave in a rush and forget your phone. It will come handy, but, how often does it happen to you? I my case maybe twice a year, more or less. Not sure $10 more per month is worth it.

    I did get the LTE version but I think I will cancel the service after the initial 3 months. IMHO.

    Of course, there many others that will use the watch LTE frequently. In those cases, it is definitely worth it.
  6. BrettDS macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2012
    I’m not much of a runner, but the big use case for me is being able to go to the beach or a public pool and being able to stay in touch without having to leave my phone in my shoe hoping that no one comes by and takes it.

    Same for being at a water park... or even an amusement park. Leave the phone behind, but still stay in touch.
  7. Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
    For the times when a ultra light phone attached to your wrist is preferable. Or, when you just want to play Dick Tracy.
  8. dolphin2421, Sep 24, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2017

    dolphin2421 macrumors regular


    Apr 11, 2015
    Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
    I'm an equestrian. With LTE I can leave my 7+ securely at home and still communicate/track my workout/listen to music while on my horse. It's liberating!
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I like your thinking here. And it's true, sometimes we leave our iPhones behind because we can't always have them on us for every occasion, and having a watch with LTE and water resistance, gives you a little bit more insurance that you can put your iPhone in a safe spot.
  10. edhchoe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
  11. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    There are several threads already asking/answering this question. My response is simple. Women don't always have pockets. I blame make clothing designers for that. Nevertheless, that means that if I don't need a purse, I have to carry the phone in my hand. Which is OK, except for the fact that I'm disabled and walk with a crutch - so I don't necessarily want to carry something in my one free hand.

    This will be, as @dolphin2421 put it, liberating. Can't wait for the Nike version on the fifth!
  12. Rayfire macrumors 68030


    Aug 25, 2008
    This is what I'll be doing, I don't see myself leaving my iPhone without the Apple watch anyway.

    Same here, just taking advantage of the initial free three months.
  13. drober30 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
    This was one I did not think of, when forced to carry a work phone, this would be an excellent option!
    --- Post Merged, Sep 24, 2017 ---
    Another good scenario! Maybe not often enough for me to pay $10 each month.
  14. chiefs1968 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2016
    I am sticking with S2 and have been using wifi calling on watch for a long time.. going to Aquatica with grand kids I leave my phone in car and my watch remembers the open wifi in theme park. There are so many places my watch remembers the wifi such Starbucks, Denny's, Walmart, McDonald's, my job, etc etc and I receive calls and make calls....no way I am spending $10.00 a month for LTE
  15. c.s. macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2007
    After three days with this thing, I'd say the LTE is definitely worth it. My iPhone hasn't left the house yet. I've gone to a boot camp workout, running, grocery store, church, for walks, taking kids to school and some other stuff. It's so nice to walk out the door without a phone. If anything, it's made me realize how little I actually need a phone if I have the essentials (phone & iMessage) on a watch. I'd take the phone to the DMV if I knew I'd be line for a long time, or where I'd want to video the kids. So many times during the day when you don't really need a brick in your pocket.
  16. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
    I’m planning on leaving my iPhone at home when I go out on a date with my wife. She hates it when I start reading something on my phone if we’re together.

    This way, I can still triage my communications but the watch screen is too tiny to draw me in for more than about ten seconds.

    Also, my pants look better without that big square in the pocket. And you’re much less likely to break your watch since it’s strapped to your wrist.

    But the real reason I got my LTE watch was for running which I do at about 4 days per week.
  17. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    My killer LTE feature would be leaving my phone charging at home during mid day or the evening and just taking my apple watch to figure out some errands.

    However I do worry about the LTE standby time. I don't want to charge my apple watch twice a day, it would be ridiculous.
  18. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    It’s already been expressed here, but having the ability to stay in touch without carrying your phone is liberating and if you haven’t tried it, it’s a big deal.

    I would also like to second the notion of how awesome this is for woman that have to wear business clothes. My wife has worked in a job for the last 2 years that require her to wear business attire. Her #1 complaint has been the lack of pockets in women’s business clothes and her inability to carry her phone with her. The LTE Watch is a huge help in solving this problem.
  19. gatorknight904 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    I just left my phone at my desk and went to grab breakfast in the cafeteria at work. Used dictation on 3 text messages. It was a great feeling lol
  20. ipoddin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I always want the ability to have a camera with me, so the times when I'm somewhere without my phone don't justify the extra cost or monthly fee.
  21. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Some scenarios I can think of:

    1. Date night with the wife
    2. Walking the dog
    3. Quick trip out/grocery store
    4. Weddings (leave the iPhone at your hotel; one less thing to have in your pocket)
  22. big samm macrumors 65816

    big samm

    Oct 27, 2008
    Mostly for the gym i could leave my phone home or in the locker i live 2 mins away from the gym. Also when im riding my electric skateboard ;) Oh and of course when in vacation at the beach or pool, but since roaming is not gonna work with the watch i will have to bring the phone at the beach or pool :/
  23. darrinS macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2011
    So Cal
    Went to the gym today without my bulky iPhone in my pocket. It's been over 10 years since I went w/o a smartphone. And I wasn't disconnected from my world. In those 10+ years I have had a phone stolen, my phone has slipped from my pocket numerous times and fallen to the floor, and I ruined a light colored leather case when grease from a machine got on it.
  24. ohsnaphappy macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2013
    I leave my phone at home now when I run, which is incredible, when I pick up my daughter from school, and when I head out on short errands. If I'm getting deodorant from Walmart or something I never look at my phone, haha, so now I can leave it at home. Nice. But mostly, it's an outdoor fitness boon

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