If you have been enjoying your Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE, be ready to start paying $10/month for it from now. When the Apple Watch Series 3 was initially launched, carriers and Apple offered three months of free service for the smartwatch which is now coming to an end. This means that from your next billing cycle, there will be a small charge for the Apple Watch Series 3 as well.
While most carriers like AT&T and Verizon are charging a $10 monthly service fee for the Apple Watch Series 3, the final billing amount is slightly higher due to the addition of fees and other miscellaneous charges. As MacRumors points out, on Verizon in California, you will be paying $11.55/month for the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE — a $1.55 addition over the $10 that was heavily advertised. On AT&T in North Carolina, the charges jump to $14.39. This figure is even higher in other states depending on their local tax rates.
If you plan on deactivating the service line for your Apple Watch Series 3 to avoid the monthly charges, you are in for another shock as well. Depending on the carrier you have and your requirements, you can disable your Apple Watch number for up to 90 days. Despite that though, Verizon will continue to charge you $10 on a monthly basis which essentially makes the whole point of deactivating the service on your Apple Watch moot. Another option is to cancel the service completely and remove the Apple Watch completely. However, if you decide to reactivate the line again in the future, you will be charged $25 activation fees by Verizon. The figure is even higher on Sprint which charges $30 while AT&T charges $25 as activation fees. T-Mobile is the only carrier which does not have any kind of activation fees.
This means that if you ever plan on deactivating the service on your Apple Watch, you better be sure that you are not going to activate it again within a few weeks. Otherwise, you will end up paying more out of your pocket rather than saving some money for deactivating the line in the first place. So, if you are a frequent international traveller, it would make little sense for you to disable the service on your Apple Watch Series 3 while travelling since you would end up paying more when you activate the line again. Plus, not every Apple Watch Series 3 owner would require cellular connectivity at all times but carrier plans are essentially forcing users to stick to them.
If you own an Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE, you must have gotten a good idea of whether you need cellular connectivity on your smartwatch or not. If you do, be prepared to shell a lot more extra than what you initially thought when you purchased the watch.