Apple Watch eSim

So, yeah, I've just spent a lot (A LOT!) of money switching over to iPhone Xr and an Apple Watch.

I'm in my '70s and think the Apple Watch could be a benefit, health wise. Atrial fibrillation is a real thing.

What's the problem with Ting getting an eSim up and running for the Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch has been proven to be a helpful notifier when heart issues happen.

It would be nice to have the advantage of Cellular connectivity with the Apple Watch.

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  • Hi Wayne,

     

     Right now we are in the process of working with our network partner so that we can activate the eSIMs on our services. It's something that we are still moving forward towards offering so that our customers can take advantage of cellular connectivity on their devices that use the eSIM> 

     When we have any news about it we will be announcing it on our blog so keep an eye out there!

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  • So, I guess we have to ask this question every 5 months or so.

    Any progress? ANY at all?

    This question has been asked for a couple of years now.

    Two, 2 years!

    Come on T-Mobile! You brag about being the best Mobile. Allow the eSIM for MVNOs.

    Should I dump Ting and take a look at Xfinity Mobile? I might end up paying a little more, but it might be worth it to get the eSIM advantages.)

    Don't let my new iPhone and Apple Watch be a waste of money.

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  • I'm about in the same boat as you, Wayne. I got an xfinity mobile line just so I could activate my Apple Watch. I did it (it was relatively painless) and then I realized that I 100% had to also have my primary phone number on xfinity mobile to do that, because as soon as I put my Ting SIM back in my iPhone, the data plan disappeared. 

    I'll probably toy around with it again some time (though at $10/month, it's a lot of money to not use something literally every day) but even when I had it active, once I was on the other side of it, I tried to think of the last time I had my watch but not my phone handy, as that's the only current use case for my AW3 LTE.

    Back to the main point, though, it's still a struggle for our network providers to get eSIM working for their pays-much-more-per-month postpaid customers. We're still low on the priority list for it, but we do hope that our new agreement with the same carrier that xfinity mobile uses will allow us to actually deliver on this promise sooner rather than later.

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  • xfinity mobile might not be a good choice for me when Verizon dumps CDMA and starts using Voice over 4G LTE only.

    A quick look at your own coverage map shows a huge hole for Verizon 4G LTE Data in the subdivision I live in. About 6 miles southeast of Quartzsite, Arizona.

    Unless this somehow gets fixed there'll be a lot of Verizon customers unable to make phone calls. People with Verizon have a problem with data here. Mobile CDMA is sketchy at best.

    We have mountains to contend with, but T-Mobile works great as they have enough towers spread along I-10 to get a good signal from gaps in between.

    Apparently Verizon doesn't use the same towers.

    Maybe I just wasted $2,000 switching over to Apple.

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  • Actually, it appears to be no coverage for 3G. 4G doesn't even appear here.

    Not sure what's going on with your coverage map. People can get 4G LTE, but only at the outside fringes of the subdivision.

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  • The maps are a "best guess" in terms of actual coverage based on topography. When possible, I try to use crowd-sourced maps like Sensorly.

    It's not perfect, and if nobody in your area has crowd-sourced your area it's probably not usable, but i've found it to be a more reliable metric of actual coverage availability than anything put out by the carriers.

    As to the hole of Verizon 4G or 3G, those can only really be addressed by the network providers themselves. They can install small cells like Sprint's Magic Box but there's nothing better for coverage than just more towers. If a subdivision doesn't want a tower constructed on-site, they need to rely on the closest place that said it was okay to put a tower. It's a little bit of "NIMBYism" in a world where you really wouldn't mind the benefits of a tower in your neighborhood without how it looks.

    The obvious replacement is WiFi, and with the advent of WiFI Calling that's becoming the more-attractive option to people living in coverage holes. But if you're using WiFi calling, why are you paying xfinity $10 to connect your Apple Watch? It already works well on WiFi.

    I really like the idea of leaving my phone behind and getting my AW3 LTE connected. Till it's more than a novelty, I'll just keep my phone about. And who knows? Maybe by the time we are able to connect, it'll only be the $6 per month and share in my Ting buckets.

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  • That map is actually pretty accurate having friends who live throughout the sub.

    4G LTE is only stable at the outside fringes. Mountains create a blind spot.

    It may improve as I see workers working on towers.

    But besides that: "The DOJ requires T-Mobile to roll out electronic SIM cards, or eSIMs as a requirement for the T-Mobile/Sprint merger".

    Maybe there's some hope after all.

    Take that T-Mobile!

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  • Another problem is I can't use Wi-Fi Calling.

    Why? Because the idiots have a requirement for "verified address" through the USPS.

    Guess what?

    I don't get mail delivered to my home, I have to use a Post Office Box, so the USPS doesn't list my home address!

    Any attempts at correcting my home address under the Wi-Fi calling settings creates an error.

    Talk about a complete FU.

    You would think that I should determine where Emergency Responders could find me in a 911 Emergency.

    But, Noooo. If I did turn Wi-Fi calling ON, my address shows up as the U.S. Post Office in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

    This was the way TING set it up when I activated the SIM card for my number.

    Nice huh!

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