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Apr 22, 2018 2:20 PM in response to Gretal66 In response to Gretal66

Your mention of Tesco tells me you are in UK, and the only UK cellular support for the Apple Watch is as you say, EE. To use the standalone cellular features the watch has to be added as a secondary device on your iPhone‘s network account, so you can’t do standalone cellular via your Tesco account.


Having said that, the non-cellular functions will work through your paired iPhone on any carrier, and this applies for both the GPS only and GPS+LTE versions. The only thing you would lose is the ability to leave your phone at home and make calls etc from your watch. If you are content to carry your phone with you just get the GPS version - unless you are thinking to jump ship to EE when the LTE version would become fully functional.

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Apr 22, 2018 2:20 PM in response to Gretal66 In response to Gretal66

Your mention of Tesco tells me you are in UK, and the only UK cellular support for the Apple Watch is as you say, EE. To use the standalone cellular features the watch has to be added as a secondary device on your iPhone‘s network account, so you can’t do standalone cellular via your Tesco account.


Having said that, the non-cellular functions will work through your paired iPhone on any carrier, and this applies for both the GPS only and GPS+LTE versions. The only thing you would lose is the ability to leave your phone at home and make calls etc from your watch. If you are content to carry your phone with you just get the GPS version - unless you are thinking to jump ship to EE when the LTE version would become fully functional.

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Apr 22, 2018 2:43 PM in response to Gretal66 In response to Gretal66

Yes, I heard rumours that the O2 backend which also supports Tesco Mobile would need significant upgrades and investment to handle Apple Watch. Apart from that, O2 has just acquired some additional 4G radio spectrum, which suggests they were near capacity on the network and might have problems handling additional devices.

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Apr 22, 2018 3:06 PM in response to Gretal66 In response to Gretal66

All is not lost. You could still use the GPS only version of the watch, linking it through your iPhone and WiFi to the outside world. I agree you would not want to go to the LTE version at this time, by the time you get to contract renewal everything may be different.

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Question: Hi I have iPhone 8+ on Tesco would I be able to link an I watch 3 with it or is it only phoned with ee