Technically, the Apple Watch Series 3 supports LTE, but it looks like T-Mobile is at least one carrier that has rules in place that won’t make that matter.
As MacRumors pointed out today, the restrictions in place on T-Mobile’s current plan selections means that the Apple Watch can only reach 3G speeds. Specifically, 512Kbps. While it’s on the fine print for the wearable, T-Mobile also makes a note of it on the pre-order page for the smartwatch, too, so it’s not hiding the fact, thankfully.
The issue is tied to T-Mobile’s restrictions on its plan option, including the T-Mobile ONE plan, which restricts wearable devices (and tethering devices) to only 512Kbps. And while it’s certainly not LTE speeds, especially not on T-Mobile’s speedy network, it’s also worth pointing out that many people won’t be doing the data-heavy things they would be doing on their smartphone where an LTE connection would necessarily be wanted, or even required.
So while the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE is technically mitigated in its speed, it may not be something that any owner ever notices. However, it looks like AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless are not throttling the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE in its data connection, so that’s something to be aware of.
It will still cost $10 per month for data access with the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE on T-Mobile’s network, just like it will with any of the others.
Which carrier are you planning on going with for your Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE? Did you already pre-order your wearable?
Update: T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, has taken to Twitter to say that he’s heard the feedback from customers regarding this specific issue, and has decided that the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE under T-Mobile’s network umbrella will not be burdened by the aforementioned plan restrictions. As a result, the smartwatch will cost $10 per month for data access, and it will include unlimited 4G LTE data.
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) September 16, 2017