Sunday, March 6th, 2022 2:35 AM
Do you need a data/talk/text plan for an Apple watch? Will it work with just the iPhone ?
2 years ago
ACE - Professor
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you! I greatly appreciate your help.
ACE - Scholar
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.