Samsung Gear S service plan to start at $10 on Sprint

Samsung Gear S service plan to start at $10 on Sprint
Samsung's first attempt at a standalone smartwatch, the Gear S, is scheduled to be released by major carriers within the next couple months. We know the basics about the Gear S - it's enormous, comparably specced to other smartwatches, and runs Tizen - but there are still a couple big questions surrounding the device. We don't know what to expect from the battery life, but we do now have an idea of what to expect as far as service plans.

Because the Gear S is a 3G-enabled smartwatch, that means it will require its own service plan, if you do intend to use it as a standalone device. Recently, Phandroid got its hands on a leaked memo from Sprint that details what options customers will have for the Gear S. There are two options, which start at $10 per month. The first option is a standalone plan offering 1000 minutes, 1000 messages, and 100MB of data. That may not sound like much, but keeping in mind that this is a smartwatch, usage would reasonably be expected to be lower. The other option is to add the Gear S to your Family pack, which again would cost $10, but would allow your Gear S to share your unlimited minutes and texts, and share whatever data plan you have. 

Of course, if you just want to have an oddly large smartwatch, and you don't care much about the standalone capabilities, you can still use a Gear S tethered to your smartwatch via Bluetooth. In that case, you wouldn't need a service plan, because talk, text, and data would be run through your phone

source: Phandroid via SamMobile



1. scarface21173

Posts: 690; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I don't think this will take off, they should just stick to Android Wear for now.

3. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Epic fail.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Show us a better option. I watch that's a phone. Funny the first device Samsung made years ago was very successful. Maybe you just want it to fail. It isnt our faultimate Apple couldn't do better

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The Gear S is an interesting design -- large screen, 3G, Wi-Fi. I'd like to have a smartwatch with Wi-Fi so I could get away with wearing just the smartwatch during my workday and not have to tote my phone around. With Wi-Fi, I'd still get notifications and alerts and be able to do simple messaging (relayed via my phone over Wi-Fi). That's really all I need.

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Looks cool, expensive as helll.. no thanks

18. PromoGuy1

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

How expensive IS hell these days?

6. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

In Germany you can just get a second SIM card with no extra monthly costs and still share the same phonenumber on several devices like the Gear S. Seems like the US carriers are na$ty.

7. DaveElliott

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

It's gen 1, let's not get too crazy one way or the other. Size and capabilities will improve. Those claiming it isn't good because not running Google software are trolling, Google lap dogs, or both.

8. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Those plans sound really great actually. Obviously the first devices are clunky and no one should buy them, but when the good hardware starts rolling out, I will be really interested in exploring smart watches if the plans stay that reasonable. Reading this made me excited for the future. My ideal situation would be to have a 4g smartwatch for most situations and then a large 6 inch phablet for times when I wanted a big screen.

10. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Why not just make it Google wear in the first place?

11. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Because Tizen works better there. And it works with Galaxy phones too.

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Google's Android Wear is very limited. It is basically an "all about Google" data collection platform where the main goal is to gather health data and sound/voice recordings (as it is always on and always listening). Samsung is smart to build on a platform that can support their needs.

12. anthonycannata

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

I'll pay for the watch but not monthly added on to my bill as a plan no way!

14. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

On GSM you can just use your regular SIM from your phone and switch it when you need it, e.g. working out, fishing, biking etc

15. SoCalAdam

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I rock the first gen gear and people asked me why. Without ppl like me who are willing to take a chance the second gen versions will never happen. Think your samerphone would be a reality without ppl buying the first gen iPhone? Samsung slider/PDA? Palm pilot?

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