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Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular: Only Bell initially, then Telus. No Rogers.

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WorldIRC wrote:
Sep 17th, 2017 8:11 am
None of those carriers offer "shared data" plans, so if they did launch something, it would have to have its own independent data plan.
Will it work with an old Thunderbay plan (3-year contract, $50 unlimited calls & 6 GB shared)?
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As far as ordering online went for mine, I did the 3AM wakeup as well. In terms of LTE vs non, the price difference isn't too huge, you get a ceramic back instead of the cheaper version, and you get 16gb of internal storage instead of 8GB, and there is a 3 month free trial with Bell!
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EH15 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 1:41 pm
First time AW owner. Picked up the Series 3 non LTE and am pleasantly surprised by the battery. I turned off GPS and went two nights without charging and it's still got over 25%.
How can you turn off GPS on the watch?? Was looking at the watch app and I don't see a setting on it. I don't have the 'cellular' part enabled.
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bose wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 2:55 pm
Will it work with an old Thunderbay plan (3-year contract, $50 unlimited calls & 6 GB shared)?
I'm assuming you're on Bell. If so, and the share version, then yes, it should be compatible.
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WorldIRC wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 3:57 pm
I'm assuming you're on Bell. If so, and the share version, then yes, it should be compatible.
Yes, I'm with Bell with 6GB data sharing. Thank you for confirming.
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kuznagi wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 3:01 pm
How can you turn off GPS on the watch?? Was looking at the watch app and I don't see a setting on it. I don't have the 'cellular' part enabled.
afaik, you need to turn it off in 'location services'

Settings > Privacy > Location Services
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kuznagi wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 3:01 pm
How can you turn off GPS on the watch?? Was looking at the watch app and I don't see a setting on it. I don't have the 'cellular' part enabled.
What is your reasoning for turning off GPS? If it’s simply for battery then you don’t have to worry as the Watch’s GPS is mainly used for Workouts when the phone isn’t present and you don’t have to worry about it running otherwise.
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Just curious for those who is using the Apple Watch now, if the battery only lasts 1-2 days, when do you find time to charge the watch? When you sleep? Don't you need to wear it if you want it to track your sleep as well? I use a Mi Band 2 right now so it tracks my steps, stairs, heart rates and sleep pattern which is exported to the Health app in iOS and I only need to charge the Mi Band 2 every 20-25 days, which isn't too disruptive and I'm usually able to find time when I am not walking/exercising/sleeping to charge it. I'm thinking of getting the AW3 but I'm trying to figure out how often I'll need to charge it and when. Because I don't want to take it off when I sleep to charge it, but lose out on the sleep analysis.
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rvs007 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 10:05 pm
Just curious for those who is using the Apple Watch now, if the battery only lasts 1-2 days, when do you find time to charge the watch? When you sleep? Don't you need to wear it if you want it to track your sleep as well? I use a Mi Band 2 right now so it tracks my steps, stairs, heart rates and sleep pattern which is exported to the Health app in iOS and I only need to charge the Mi Band 2 every 20-25 days, which isn't too disruptive and I'm usually able to find time when I am not walking/exercising/sleeping to charge it. I'm thinking of getting the AW3 but I'm trying to figure out how often I'll need to charge it and when. Because I don't want to take it off when I sleep to charge it, but lose out on the sleep analysis.
Would like to know this as well
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rvs007 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 10:05 pm
Just curious for those who is using the Apple Watch now, if the battery only lasts 1-2 days, when do you find time to charge the watch? When you sleep? Don't you need to wear it if you want it to track your sleep as well? I use a Mi Band 2 right now so it tracks my steps, stairs, heart rates and sleep pattern which is exported to the Health app in iOS and I only need to charge the Mi Band 2 every 20-25 days, which isn't too disruptive and I'm usually able to find time when I am not walking/exercising/sleeping to charge it. I'm thinking of getting the AW3 but I'm trying to figure out how often I'll need to charge it and when. Because I don't want to take it off when I sleep to charge it, but lose out on the sleep analysis.
I don't have an iWatch but I do have a smartwatch. I charge it when I have an hour at home where I know I won't be moving much; watching tv, eating, those types of activities. I also don't wear my watch at night. When I move it turns on the display and I don't want to have to toggle that setting every morning and night.

I'm not sure about others, but sleep tracking is not that important to me.
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rvs007 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 10:05 pm
Just curious for those who is using the Apple Watch now, if the battery only lasts 1-2 days, when do you find time to charge the watch? When you sleep? Don't you need to wear it if you want it to track your sleep as well? I use a Mi Band 2 right now so it tracks my steps, stairs, heart rates and sleep pattern which is exported to the Health app in iOS and I only need to charge the Mi Band 2 every 20-25 days, which isn't too disruptive and I'm usually able to find time when I am not walking/exercising/sleeping to charge it. I'm thinking of getting the AW3 but I'm trying to figure out how often I'll need to charge it and when. Because I don't want to take it off when I sleep to charge it, but lose out on the sleep analysis.
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Sep 25th, 2017 10:15 pm


Would like to know this as well
I don't know how it does it, but i am able to track my sleep without having the watch on my wrist when sleeping.

Both my watch and my phone charge every night on my bedside table.
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rvs007 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 10:05 pm
Just curious for those who is using the Apple Watch now, if the battery only lasts 1-2 days, when do you find time to charge the watch? When you sleep? Don't you need to wear it if you want it to track your sleep as well? I use a Mi Band 2 right now so it tracks my steps, stairs, heart rates and sleep pattern which is exported to the Health app in iOS and I only need to charge the Mi Band 2 every 20-25 days, which isn't too disruptive and I'm usually able to find time when I am not walking/exercising/sleeping to charge it. I'm thinking of getting the AW3 but I'm trying to figure out how often I'll need to charge it and when. Because I don't want to take it off when I sleep to charge it, but lose out on the sleep analysis.
I charge my smartwatches during the day when I'm sitting down in front of a computer. I also charge them when I'm going to shower and so on. I usually don't leave my watch on a charger for long and instead just do it whenever I feel my wrist could use a breather as I'm almost always wearing a watch, including bed time for sleep tracking.
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nasa25 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 11:41 am
My series nil is still going strong but I foresee a series 3 in my future.

What do you guys think? Better to go non LTE for $485 tax in or pony up the extra $100 for the LTE version (and just use it as a non LTE version until rogers officially supports it)?
Wondering this myself, except for me it’d be my be my first Apple Watch.

In addition to the LTE version having the ceramic back and sapphire crystal face available, as others have already pointed out, it also comes with 16GB instead of just 8GB for the GPS only versions.

Not sure how much difference the extra memory makes though.

Since they don’t list Rogers as even coming online later this year like Telus, I’ll bet we’ll be deep into 2018 before Rogers gets around to it, or maybe they don’t even support it at all.

Either way, I’m considering rolling like a boss with a stainless steel model which just happens to have LTE. If Rogers gets around to it then that’s a bonus. If not, still considering a switch to Bell.

Considering the finest of motoring carriages that you possess, I’m surprised you’d settle for an Apple Watch at anything less than boss-level !! lol
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CanadianLurker wrote:
Sep 26th, 2017 12:41 pm
Wondering this myself, except for me it’d be my be my first Apple Watch.

In addition to the LTE version having the ceramic back and sapphire crystal face available, as others have already pointed out, it also comes with 16GB instead of just 8GB for the GPS only versions.

Not sure how much difference the extra memory makes though.

Since they don’t list Rogers as even coming online later this year like Telus, I’ll bet we’ll be deep into 2018 before Rogers gets around to it, or maybe they don’t even support it at all.

Either way, I’m considering rolling like a boss with a stainless steel model which just happens to have LTE. If Rogers gets around to it then that’s a bonus. If not, still considering a switch to Bell.
I didn't even know the LTE had an extra 8gb of storage. In that case it's a no brainer over the non LTE. Extra memory comes in handy if you want to store songs on the watch (which will be more important if you're using the LTE version without your iPhone in range). Really nothing else to take up memory besides that (unless you want to store pics on the watch). I also enjoy the red crown. Good luck with the procurement. The stainless steel model is gorgeous.
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