U.S. Wireless Carriers to Charge $10/Month for Apple Watch Series 3 Data Plans

Posted in Apple News, Apple Watch on 13/09/2017 by Chris Hauk


With the announcement of the new Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular capabilities came the question of “how much will it cost for service?” We now have that answer. Three of the four major U.S. wireless carriers say they’ll charge an extra $10 per month over what you’re paying now.

U.S. Wireless Carriers to Charge $10/Month for Apple Watch Series 3 Data Plans

AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile all say they’ll charge $10 per month to add an Apple Watch Series 3 to a data plan. Sprint has yet to announce service pricing, but will likely fall into line with the other carriers.

Those prices are in line with plans offered for similar devices from other companies, says The Street. However, T-Mobile has been known to undercut competing prices on similar data plans, charging $5 per month for wearable devices comparable to the Apple Watch.

Verizon has announced they will give Apple Watch 3 customers three free months of service, after which it will charge $10 per month per device.

AppleInsider notes:

AT&T has clarified its Apple Watch plan, saying that adding the device to an eligible wireless plan costs $10 per month. The telco is offering a $25 activation fee credit and $30 service credit for customers who add the device to a wireless plan costing at least $50 per month. Watch must be synced with a compatible iPhone via AT&T NumberSync for the credit to apply.

The Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $399 for a 38mm model with cellular connectivity, the larger 42mm model will cost $429. That’s $30 higher than last year’s flagship model, the Apple Watch Series 2. The Series 2 models did not include cellular capabilities.

Preorders for the new wearables begin Friday, September 15, and the new wristables hit store shelves on Friday, September 22.


Chris Hauk

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