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Tue, Jan 7, 2020 6:14 PM

Galaxy Watch LTE Standalone Without phone

Hello, I am looking to go ultra minimalist, so this will most likely be a strange or funny question for you. I want to know if I can use the Galaxy Watch LTE version all by itself without even owning a phone. I currently use a Huawei phone with AT&T and I want to totally get rid of my smartphone in lieu of the Galaxy Watch LTE version. If I am able to do this, can I use my current phone number with the watch? Or would the watch have a totally different number? What kind of contract is there for this? Basically, I want to use the watch as a phone. I do not want to own a phone. My idea is to have a wireless headset to use whenever I make/receive calls. And that's really all I would need it for. Thank you for your consideration and sorry for this totally unorthodox question.

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lizdance40

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1 month ago

All I can say for certain is that there is no contract for device you already own. All carriers are no contract carriers. Service is provided on a month-to-month basis.

I do not know if AT&T will allow you to use a watch as a standalone device, they certainly are not going to allow you to do so at a companion device price. Good luck

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GLIMMERMAN76

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No the galaxy watch is setup just like the apple watch you need a phone for it to work.

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287 Messages

1 month ago

I don't know about the Galaxy Watch but I have 2 Gear S2 watches on my account. You would need a device to activate and manage your watch but I'm thinking that device could be connected to WiFi when needed for this management. The Watch(at least the Gear S2) works fine independently on LTE. I use mine for kid trackers and to be able to reach them when they are out playing with their friends. As for plans, again I am not sure. @GLIMMERMAN76 might be right. Wearables are $10/mo on top of an unlimited plan but those plans require at least 1 smartphone. Perhaps a small mobile share could work?

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Thank you for the reply! Now I'm wondering a few more things. So what you're saying is that the device/phone could be connected to wifi in order to manage the watch which has LTE? Those two watches you mentioned, are they both paired/managed by the same phone? Do those watches have their own phone numbers? Or, are they connected to the phones/phone numbers of your kids?

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I'm not %100 sure but I do believe the phone used to manage the device can be on WiFi and will not need cellular data.

Unfortunately, the two watches cannot be managed by the same smartphone. I tried, and also searched the forums and found it is not possible. You can setup them both up using the one smartphone but after the second device is setup if you try to go back and manage the first, for let's say a software update or to install a new app, it will force a master reset. To work around this you can backup the device once it is fully setup before moving on to device 2. I don't know if this changed with the newer Galaxy Watch.

Both watches have their own phone number for $10/mo each on my Unlimited plan. The work as standalone devices without being linked to any smartphone. My kids do not have smartphones yet.

One problem with trying to manage two Galaxy S2 with one smartphone, outside of wiping the device each time you try to manage the non paired device, is you will only be able to locate the paired watch. For this reason, I suggest using one watch per smartphone. I think a tablet might be able to manage one of your watches too as long as you can install Galaxy Wearables app

Again, some of these issues might have been resolved with the newer hardware such as managing multiple devices from a single smartphone. Also, there is a potential that the Galaxy Watch does not work standalone like the Gear S2 does and needs to be paired to a smartphone like the Apple Watch to for all features to work. I don't have one so I cannot speak for it. The S3 Frontier would work similar to the Gear S2 if you wanted something newer but cheaper than Galaxy Watch.

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GLIMMERMAN76

ACE - Expert

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Actually @ATandTForLife the gear s2 could be used stand alone. The galaxy watch is a little more tricky as is the galaxy active 2.

The other problem the op has not taken into account is the fact the watch was never made to be a standalone device and my get 8 hours of use before the battery is dead. I had the gear s gear s2 s3 and galaxy watch and the battery always suffers if its used and a cellular only device. Even the apple watch is not immune to that.

@aven3214

I could not find a ATT support doc on stand alone mode but I did find one for Verizon it may work but its still going to cost your at a min 50 bucks a month for service on the watch only since you would need a mobile share plan. But I don't remember if ATT allows wearables on that plan anymore.

https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/knowledge-base-220915/

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Employee

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Yes! Battery is something that needs to be considered. First few days my kids had the watch it was always dead when they came home from school. This was due to them goofing around and playing games on it. The watch will not last much longer than a few hours of consitent use. On the other hand, I was able to use the watch for a few phone calls and check notifications, check the time and sleep with it on for sleep monitoring without having to charge until the morning. This is one of the biggest problems with devices like this and that includes BT headphones. No one likes charging every day. These things should last a few days to a week on a charge to be truly viable in my opinion.

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1 month ago

Thank you to everyone who took the time to reply! Your input has given me a lot more to consider than before. The battery will definitely be an issue. I heard the Galaxy Watch had a really good battery that can last up to 3-4 days, but still. What I really hadn't thought about was the cost of a plan for using just a standalone watch. I'm gonna have to figure that out first before I start thinking about which watch to get. My idea is to use a watch in conjunction with a good bluetooth handsfree earpiece. Pretty weird right? Anyhow I might go through all the trouble and just end up saying, "this is dumb." For me it's not so much about achieving something as it is about seeing if it's possible. Weird right?

GLIMMERMAN76

ACE - Expert

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your going to kill the watch battery. Look at it this way a watch has a 300mah battery give or take. A phone had 3000 to 4000mah. Now the screen is bigger but not the cell radios. The battery life for those watches are rated for Bluetooth use. That 3 to 4 days is for that.

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