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Yes, you can buy Apple’s GPS + Cellular Apple Watch and use it without LTE

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Yes, you can buy Apple’s GPS + Cellular Apple Watch and use it without LTE

You can flip off cell on a Collection 3 GPS + Cellular Apple Watch (or make a decision to not subscribe to a provider plan), however there are obstacles.

If you have your center set on a metal Apple Watch Series 3, you're restricted to buying one in all Apple's GPS + Cellular fashions, relatively than a GPS-only possibility. That is as a result of Apple seems to be restricting its high-end fashions to its highest-end featureset — no discounted metal or ceramic watches for you.

Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular vs GPS-only: What's the difference?

However what if you do not truly need LTE get right of entry to, and as a substitute need the ones candy casings and greater cupboard space? Just right information: You wouldn't have to. There is no wish to subscribe to a provider plan to use the Apple Watch with a paired iPhone; you can simply acquire it and by no means allow information.

From AT&T's website:

If you select to not arrange cell provider all through the preliminary Apple Watch setup procedure, you can all the time return later to the Apple Watch app for your iPhone and choose Cellular underneath My Watch to enroll.

You can additionally select to subscribe to a provider plan however disable cell information at the watch at any level if you need to save your battery; the Apple Watch has a Cellular button within the most sensible left nook of its Regulate Middle the place you can flip LTE provider on or off.

And, relying for your provider, you will have to have the ability to prevent cell provider at any level if you make a decision you now not want it. For instance, AT&T within the U.S. calls for a $10/month get right of entry to price to use information out of your iPhone's AT&T Limitless Plus, AT&T Limitless Selection, or Cell Percentage Benefit plans; to forestall supplying information on your Watch, you can cancel that get right of entry to price at any time.

However what if my nation or supplier is not providing the GPS + Cellular Apple Watch at release?

This is the place it will get dicey, buddies. In case your nation is not providing a provider that helps GPS + Cellular, that style may not be to be had for your nation's retailer — length — till it will get a supported provider.

Whilst you indubitably can import a GPS + Cellular Apple Watch from a unique nation, there is not any be sure that it will paintings with LTE for your nation. That is since the Apple Watch Collection 3 (because of its very small measurement) solely has a restricted choice of LTE bands constructed within its casing. There are in truth six different Apple Watch GPS + Cellular models (3 for 38mm, 3 for 42mm), every of which comes with a unique set of bands relying for your provider and international locations. This puts a limitation for switching between international locations (and additionally gets rid of the choice for roaming — a minimum of for this model).

With a purpose to doubtlessly future-proof your GPS + Cellular Collection 3 Apple Watch, you'd wish to import from some other nation the place the LTE and/or UTMS bands are the similar as the ones your provider makes use of.

Apple Watch style Nation LTE Bands UTMS bands
A1860, A1861 U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 41 800MHz, 850, 1700, 1900
A1889, A1891 Austraia, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, U.Okay. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26 800MHz, 850, 900, 2100
A1890, A1892 China 1, 3, 39, 40, 41 2100 MHz

iMore's Joe Keller has extra on that topic in an explainer:

Your European Apple Watch won't work with a U.S. carrier

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