Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE

Okay, what's the word on support for the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE? They listed Sprint as a supporting carrier. What about our favorite Sprint MVNO? Or whatever that GSM carrier Ting uses is. ;^)

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  • Nothing official, sadly. If Apple sells an unlocked version, there's a chance it can come to Ting. We won't know for a while yet.

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  • How much per month to add Apple Watch 3 to my Ting account?

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  • Thomas, 

    At this time, we don't know if the Apple Watch 3 can come to Ting. Keep an eye on our blog at ting.com/blog for updates regarding this.

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  • I'd like to get an Apple Watch as well but I'll be waiting until Ting supports it for cellular.

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  • Definitely interested in this as I'm interested in the Series3 Apple Watch and adding it to my Ting account for the whole family.

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  • I'm getting one. If Ting cannot support it swiftly, I guess I'd have to move :/ Come on Ting?!?!

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  • I'd like support for this as well. Having the ability to make calls on the watch without the phone nearby is a pretty big deal. I hope Ting can figure out how to support it. I guess they'll need their hands on one to do testing.

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  • The Apple Watch is not locked to a carrier because it does not have it’s own phone number. It is the carrier that has to support the sharing of a single phone number which has to be set up with an iPhone 6 or newer that the customer already owns. Once set up for use you can leave your phone home. All four major carriers have this capability now with post paid accounts. Right now Ting charges a per line fee but the Apple Watch has no line of it’s own and only shares the line with the existing phone number. Ting will have to add a new fee to their available plans for sharing an existing phone number with two devices. When any of the carriers will allow MNVOs to do this is unknown. Most likely it will be some time from now and likely in the coming year.

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  • Hmm.. it's a shame they went that route. Otherwise, the call could have been routed like facetime audio and they could have "ring all devices" ala Google Voice, and made it easy for any carrier to implement.

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  • Really interested in this as well! 

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  • Any update on support for Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE?

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  • No updates yet. When we have an update, we'll post about it at ting.com/blog, facebook.com/ting and ting.reddit.com.

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  • Very interested in this, will likely start looking for another carrier just for this feature, but I love ting!!!!!!!!

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  • Still no word? Looking to get an Apple Watch with LTE as a Christmas present...

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  • Hey Scott, 

    Nothing fresh yet.

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  • What incentive do the carriers have to make this available to Ting and others for resale?  Off hand, I can’t think of much. 

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  • Hey Thomas, 

    You're right. We've got to work with both Apple and our carrier partners to get this supported on Ting. Sadly, it's not as easy as it sounds. Rest assured, we're trying!

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  • So, we know the number sharing is out of the question for now.  But what about using it standalone?  Is that possible on Ting right now?  I use Google Voice anyway to ring several numbers.

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  • As a stand-alone with its own number it still isn't possible at the moment. I was looking around online and it does look like the watches can use Google Voice so if the watch was on wifi it would work but it wouldn't be connected to your Ting account at all. 

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  • What is the limiting feature I should be aware of when looking for a smartwatch?  Is it just that it must be able to accept a SIM?  And, just out of curiosity, why can't Ting deal with eSIM?  Is it a lack of expensive infrastructure, or is it expensive mandatory partnerships forced upon you?  Like I said, that is just sheer curiosity -- I understand and appreciate that to keep costs low you can't jump on every new thing that comes down the pipe.

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  • From my understanding, it has to do with our partnerships for services. We're allowed certain access to things and cut off from others with our network providers. This and being able to pass along savings are what I feel it boils down to. 

     As for smartwatches to be on the look for, the ones I know are able to activate our services are the Tinitell ones who we've worked with. These are more kid watches though. For a real smartwatch if it took a SIM and you could program APN settings on the device itself that would be the best bet. The watch would also need to have the right frequencies on it too. 

     If you want a smartwatch and you find something you think might work you should give us a call. One of our advisors could work with you to see if it would be compatible. 

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  • What about using an apple watch 3 gps and cellular and just turning off the cellular until maybe ting is compatible...?  I'd love to leave my options open, and cellular isn't a necessity right now.  Would the watch still function in all the ways the gps only version works?

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  • Hey Jessie, 

    It should, by all means, be able to run the GPS without the cellular feature and connect to your iPhone but we can't make any guarantees as it is a newer device we haven't necessarily tested out on our end yet. 

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  • I have the apple watch on ting and have been using for months now. I can make calls from watch when it is in range of my phone. If not, I can use the music and other apps such as weather that I chose to download to the watch from the phone. I can also use apple pay when out of reach of my phone, so that's also independent like weather and music. 

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  • GPS is also independent because I do the running/activity apps, and it perfectly charts my mileage and such. 

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  • Can you provide an update on where things are? Is it still that the upstream gsm carrier is not willing to let you have number sync support? Do you have everything else you need? Eg: is this legal contract fu, or is there a technical incompatibility? I’m asking specifically about gsm support.

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  • Adam, 

    The current hangup is the network providers not allowing us to activate eSIMs, and our system not being designed to share phone numbers. It's a multi-step process we're still looking at, but without the ability to activate eSIMs, we don't yet want to dedicate time to designing a system around activating them.

     

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  • How much trouble would it be to have two numbers? (Guess the eSIM issue still takes precedence, huh?)

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  • If call forwarding were a reliable-enough option for most customers, two phone numbers wouldn't be a problem. You'd just have to remember to set up forwarding every time you wanted to leave your phone at home.

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