04 October 2017
Apple announced the Watch Series 3 at a keynote yesterday, and one of its main highlights is the built in cellular (LTE) functionality, which means you can take it anywhere without an iPhone. Apple announced that this cellular support will be available through select carriers in a few countries at the start, and it will grow in the future.
With certain Apple Watch Series 3 models receiving cellular support soon, one of the big questions from yesterday’s Apple event was what will be the cost of getting this additional feature on existing phone plans of users. AT&T and Verizon have answered this, revealing to The Street that both companies will charge $10 per month, respectively. T-Mobile also told Matthew M- an iDB reader, that they too will be offering the service for $10 per month.
The service will work the same as with an iPad; just like you can add a cellular plan on your iPad for an added cost of $10 a month, similarly you will be able get the same for your Apple Watch. Of course, whether there really is any point to getting the service at this price is an altogether different question to ponder.
Starting at $399, the price of a cellular Apple watch has surged by $120 since last year, with prices starting from $399. The price isn’t negligible, considering that the advantages one may get out of it are limited. Understandably, the price of cellular service for the Apple Watch is quite steep. Some carriers will be offering introductory pricing to ease customers into the service. Verizon for instance, offers three months of service absolutely free for all new users. It is uncertain at this point what the service charges be for Sprint, as well as other carrier partners.