How much Apple Watch Series 3 data plans will cost on Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint

“Even though the wearable uses your existing wireless plan, LTE connectivity on Apple Watch Series 3 doesn’t come free,” Michael Simon reports for Macworld. “No matter your carrier, you’ll be paying a little extra in your monthly bill.”

“Apple Watch Series 3 pre-order will begin Friday, September 15 at midnight PST/3 a.m. EST through or the individual carrier sites,” Simon reports. “The regular, Hermes, and Edition versions will ship the following Friday, September 22. The Nike Plus models will ship Friday, October 5.”

• Verizon customers will pay an extra $10 a month for the privilege of using an Apple Watch Series 3 on their plan using the NumberShare service.
• Apple Watch Series 3 data will cost $10 monthly on AT&T’s network under NumberSync.
• You’ll pay $10 a month on T-Mobile’s network for Apple Watch Series 3 with Digits.
• Sprint’s data plan for Apple Watch Series 3 costs $15 a month, but customers who sign up for auto-pay will get a $5 discount, bringing it down to the same $10 as the other three carriers.

More details, links, and introductory offer information in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Not too bad!

Why, oh, why do we always have to wait longer for our Apple Watch Nike+ units to ship?!


      1. The cell provider has to separately track every device on its network or it could not receive calls, messages, notifications, and so forth. The watch is only on the network when it is out of Bluetooth range of your phone, but the phone is always on and downloading data for you to see on your return. So you ARE using both at once unless you always turn your phone off before going for a run.

  1. Based on the presentation at the recent event I assumed there would be NO charge. But of course if you’re streaming music that would be quite an uptick in data usage but if your phone is set up for that and you only can use one at a time I don’t see the problem. All this lovely tech ability – but at a toll cost to the gatekeeper.

    1. Here’s what’ I’m thinking – is it worth $120/yr PLUS an additional $70 in hardware costs to not have my iPhone in my back pocket so my WATCH will receive data, stream apple MUSIC and make calls?

      I don’t think it is!

      1. It is probably worth it to those who prefer biking or running, etc. without needing to carry their iPhone along in the event there is a problem or emergency. I am diabetic and when doing yard work for example, if I experience a medical problem that required assistance but the watch was not connected to my wifi network and/or via Bluetooth with my iPhone at the time, it could be be beneficial to me to be able to make an emergency call when not having my iPhone at my side, which isn’t when I do yard work. I would also prefer to go biking or for a walk without having to always be carrying my iPhone. I would like no charge or no more than a $5/mo charge as well but for me, it will be better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it.

        1. I walk / hike / run 10 miles per day to keep my diabetes in check without having to use medications. My iPhone is in my back pocket most of the time I am out of the house – and I doubt having an LTE radio in my WATCH would make me not carry my iPhone in my back pocket if I was doing anything less than going for a run. I’m not going to be talking while running, so just listening to one of my library playlists off of my WATCH without taking my iPhone with me would be fine for the 30 – 45 minute runs.

      2. This carrier charge has caused me to decide upon the Series 3 with NO cellular. My use case does not justify an extra $120 a year. Can’t think very many instances that I won’t still have my phone.

  2. Not too bad? Seriously? Wow… It’s horrible. I must pay $120 a year, to basically get texting, which is free and unlimited with every carrier and even every Apple device regardless of carrier… Okay, voice also is included. And voice costs how much?… $10 is an absolute rip-off. $5 I could live with for the few times each month my Apple Watch is out of range of my iPhone, but $10? Please. It’ll be used about 10-15 times a month. I will live with Series 2 and be just fine.

    Apple needs to buy a carrier and take over this kind of crap.

    1. Get the Watch and don’t activate cellular for watch. NOW, the question is—Will Apple Watch cell version allow you to dial 911 for emergencies?? Right now all US phones are able to dial 911 whether they have a cell provider connected to the phone or not.

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