Apple Watch Series 3 is coming on September 22, and some models will support LTE phone calls and data. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint have already committed to supporting the feature and they’re all charging US$10 a month.
The new models include GPS, and some models support LTE, although to get a cellular plan you need to have iPhone on the carrier, too. Translation: your new Apple Watch is still an accessory for your iPhone and not a replacement.
Requiring you to already have a cellular plan doesn’t mean your iPhone has to be nearby to use your Apple Watch Series 3 to send and receive calls. Carriers are considering the watch’s cellular plan an add-on to your existing contract.
As TMO noted yesterday, Verizon is sweetening the pot by offering three free months of service when you sign up for a new Apple Watch Series 3 plan.
Apple Watch Series 3 pricing starts at $399 with LTE, or $329 without. You can pre-order the new watch models on Friday, September 15th.