Apple Watch Series 3


#1

Ever since the first Apple Watch came out, I’ve always wanted to use one as a phone independantly. The Apple watch series 3 can recieve and make calls and texts without a phone. I love republic and have been using it for years. Will we ever be able to use an apple watch or any iPhones under Republic Wireless’s service?


#2

Ever? Maybe. Any time soon? Not very likely.

If something comes, it’ll be the iPhone long before the watch (if the watch ever comes).


#3

Based on the following from EE a UK provider, I would expect that it must be tied to an iPhone (my emphasis)

Unlock the power of Apple Watch Series 3 (4G).
It’s the first smart watch with a built-in eSIM that connects directly to 4G.
And the only way to experience its awesome potential is with an iPhone on an EE SIM only or pay monthly plan.


#4

The eSIM is the same as is in the Samsung S3 or the ZTE Quartz and can be activated as a stand-alone device on the companies that support it. However, in all cases, the configuration of the watch must be done via a supported device. It is not possible to set-up the watch completely standalone. Once set-up though the watch can work completely independantly, IF THE CARRIER SUPPORTS IT. In the case of T-mobile, where my S3 is activated, it shares the phone number of my T-Mobile phone, allow me to leave the phone at home (or crush it with a steamroller) and still make/receive calls/texts from the watch.


#5

Thanks for the additional ‘education’ :slight_smile:
I see that some telcos are charging $$ for the extra … so how this might be handled by Republic in the future remains the big question.