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Sunday, March 6th, 2022 2:35 AM

Apple Watch

Do you need a data/talk/text plan for an Apple watch? Will it work with just the iPhone ?

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ACE - Professor

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3.1K Messages

2 years ago

AT&T sells the GPS+Cellular that requires the watch plan to be added. You need to purchase the Apple GPS model from Apple  or some other store. 

ACE - Expert

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2 years ago

The Apple Watch costs $10 per month for the "line". The watch phone number is used for billing purposes and as a placeholder. Meaning that the phone number assigned can not be used to make/place calls because all of those calls go thru your cell phone number and then to the Watch.

ACE - Expert

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2 years ago

I've had an Apple Watch since the first generation, I've never gotten the cellular version.  It works fine through my phone's cellular data and my local WiFi.

A more expensive watch (for cellular version) and the $10 a month plus fees/taxes ($3-$5?) is NOT worth it in my opinion.

ACE - Expert

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2 years ago

I too have a tethered Apple Watch, not the freebird kind. I have my iPhone with me 99% of the time when I'm out and about and I can talk to my wrist anytime I want to. The extra cost for the phone and the extra $10 per month is not worth it to me.

ACE - Expert

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2 years ago

Also:

The watch is generally smart enough to connect to WiFi networks I've connected my phone to. So if I leave my phone at my desk or in my coat at work, and walk the mile to the other end of the building, I can stay connected.  Same as at home, if I leave the phone in my bedroom on the 4th floor, if I go down to the garage, I can still be connected to the phone via the WiFi.

Once in a while, I notice it's not connected to the WiFi and I have to pick it from the settings and it reconnects.  That seems to be rare though. 

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2 years ago

Thank you! I greatly appreciate your help. 

ACE - Scholar

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2 years ago

As others have mentioned, there is the Wi-Fi Apple watch, and a cellular Apple Watch.  If you don't have a plan for the cellular watch, it can be used the same as the Wi-Fi one, connecting through your phone for data/voice.

I'm thinking or switching back to a postpaid ATT plan so I can get cellular support for my Apple watch.  Mostly for emergency use, if necessary.  Or the ability to just leave my phone in a safe spot if in areas I risk breaking/losing the phone.

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