T-Mobile matches its rivals, bumps data speeds on the Series 3 Apple Watch to 4G

T-Mobile matches its rivals, bumps data speeds on the Series 3 Apple Watch to 4G
T-Mobile CEO John Legere is more attuned to his customers' wishes, hopes and desires than any other executive in the industry. So when T-Mobile subscribers complained that the Apple Watch Series 3 would be limited to data speeds of 512kbps (basically 3G), Legere looked into the matter. Today, the executive disseminated a tweet with good news for T-Mobile customers.

According to Legere, T-Mobile's new Apple Watch plan will provide 4G LTE speeds for Apple Watch users at the same $10 per month rate that it was going to charge for 3G. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 3 started yesterday and the timepiece will be released next Friday, September 22nd. While an Apple iPhone 6 or higher, running iOS 11 or higher, is needed to set up and configure the device, once that is done the Series 3 Apple Watch can make/take calls and connect to the internet without pairing with an iPhone.

We would be remiss if we didn't point out that other U.S. carriers are offering 4G speeds for the Series 3 Apple Watch, and have from the get go. T-Mobile reportedly planned on offering 512kbps data speeds by default, charging customers $20 to $25 a month if they wanted 4G speeds on their Apple smartwatch. So while we have to give kudos to Legere for listening to his customers, we have to point out that there would have been no complaints had T-Mobile originally matched the data speeds offered by its rivals for the new "stand alone" Apple Watch.


source: @JohnLegere via TheVerge

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24 Comments

1. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

It doesn't matter what kind of speeds it is running on, if it has no capabilities of sending and receiving SMS and MMS without being tethered to an iphone, then it is a waste of money having to pay extra for a data plan for a watch that is essentially still reliant on your phone for features.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's already about time Apple releases a stand-alone smartwatch. But it might suffocate the iPhone's sales... perharps? Apple wanna play it safe.

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2206; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

No it won't...Apple Watch is so limited in its abilities. You need a smartphone. It's made for fitness tracking and notifications....

8. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Most buyers will not be aware it is not capable of sending and receiving SMS and MMS without being tethered until after they have purchased one. It's just one of those great features (or lack thereof) that comes with apple products.

22. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

This isn't even true... From Apples own site Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular allows them to stay connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even without iPhone nearby. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/09/apple-watch-series-3-features-built-in-cellular-and-more/

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2206; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Don't sugar coat this...if a smartwatch is capable of LTE you shouldn't have it reduced to 512k. That's the bottom line especially since you are paying for unlimited plan along with $10/month

9. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

"While an Apple iPhone 6 or higher, running iOS 11 or higher, is needed to set up and configure the device, once that is done the Series 3 Apple Watch can make/take calls and connect to the internet without pairing with an iPhone."

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

It can make/take calls, but not send SMS

16. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Is that true? That's absurd.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2206; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You get what you pay for...TMobile makes people believe they have the most cost effective plans. In all honesty they are great at marketing...there plans cost just as much as Verizon. Verizon has much better coverage and LTE speeds. Verizon automatically has LTE speeds for AW Series 3. John didn't want to take a PR hit...

6. RoryBreaker

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

WOW, you're mistaken on so many levels

11. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

maybe he's wrong about the price, but let's face it, T-Mobile is as good in advertising as Apple. Didn't they advertise the 600mhz bands? but won't even be fully operational for another two maybe three years. By that time Verizon will have a lot better service than it already has. It's crazy that for just another $40 a month you can get Verizon and not worry about any network issues, T-Mobile offers so much free crap because they know how bad the service is. What good is it getting Netflix for free with s**tty service.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I don't know, my boy is on T-Mobile, and his service is roughly as good as mine on Verizon, but his speeds crush mine. I'm about 20 miles south of a major city.

21. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2206; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I've done speed tests and my iPhone 7 Plus vs my colleagues 7 Plus on TMO is still slower even during peak times... I get about 25-30mg down while his TMO tops out at 13-15mg

23. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I can't get better than about 7mbps on Verizon in my area, while new gets over 20mbps. He does have a couple of dead spots, but I have spots where I drop to 3g, and Verizon's 3g is just dial up pathetic.

19. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2206; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I agree with you. Lots of marketing to target young buyers...your right!

17. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You get what you pay for? That's obviously not true, if the Apple Watch can't send/receive SMS standalone while others can that cost the same or less.

20. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2206; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I'm talking about TMO service and not AW Series 3...

24. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You get what you pay for is an axiom. It's meaningless if only applied to certain instances.

7. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

This is what you want, a company that listens... so instead of slagging them off, praise them... otherwise why would they bother listening again?

12. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

John Legere is just covering up their s**tty service with all kinds of offers. You will always get what you pay for.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That is what Intel snobs claimed back when I bought my Athlon 750mhz, and yet it ran circles around Pentiums several speed bins up. Same when I upgraded to the Thunderbird 1400mhz.

13. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Why can't the watch go on the plan you already have for the smartphone. I am keeping my series 1 watch ans will never buy a "smart watch" again.

18. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

SMS and MMS are outdated now anyway. Many overlook this. So the So-Called 'Data' LTE plans for Watches and Tablets are ALL DATA plans to begin with. They use VoIP Applications to make and receive their Voice Calls. On T-Mobile, this is called DIGITS.

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