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Best Cell Plans for Apple Watch

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The best Apple Watch comes in both cellular and GPS versions, so if you have a Apple Watch Series 6 or an Apple Watch SE, you can get a cellular version. Of course, if you have a cellular Apple Watch, you will need the best cell plan for Apple Watch.

While there are a few differences between Apple Watch Cellular and Apple Watch GPS, the biggest difference is the Apple Watch Cellular allows you to access cell service from your Apple Watch directly. This makes your Apple Watch a much more independent device.

Disclaimer: What Apple Watch cell plans are available for you can depend on your location and a myriad of other factors, so if you see a plan you like here, be sure to make sure it's a plan you can access.

AT&T

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AT&T will let you add an Apple Watch to its AT&T Unlimited Starter, AT&T Unlimited Extra, AT&T Unlimited Elite plans for $10 a month.

All three plans have unlimited talk, text, and data and include 5G access. The plans also include unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada and international texting.

T-Mobile

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If you want to go pink or are already with T-Mobile, you'll have to add an Apple Watch to either its Essential plan, Magenta plan, or Magenta Plus. The price of the plan will depend on how many lines you require. However, what doesn't change is the $10 it cost to add your Apple Watch to either of those plans.

All the plans offer unlimited talk, text, and data, with each plan has access to some premium data as well.

Verizon

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Verizon makes it pretty straightforward. You can add an Apple Watch to any Verizon plan for $10 a month.

Verizon's unlimited plans all fluctuate in price depending on how many lines you need, but all include unlimited talk, text, and data and access to its 5G network.

Sprint

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Sprint offers anyone with an eligible iPhone on Sprint to add the Unlimited Apple Watch Plan for $15 a month; however, there is a $5 discount if you sign up for auto-deposit, meaning it would come to $10 a month.

U.S. Cellular

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U.S. Cellular allows anyone with any of its unlimited plans to add an Apple Watch to the plan for $10. All its unlimited plans offer unlimited talk, text, and data, and the Everday and Even Better plans offer better video streaming quality and some roaming in Mexico and Canada.

U.S. Cellular will give you the first three months of Apple Watch service for free, making it a tad cheaper than other options from other carriers.

XFinity Mobile

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XFinity Mobile will waive the fee for adding an Apple Watch to its plans for 90 days, but it will cost $10 a month after that. You can add an Apple Watch to any of its By the Gig or Unlimited plans, and all data used by the Apple Watch will count towards your data cap on those plans.

What do you think is the best plan cell plan for Apple Watch?

What experiences have you had with cellular plans on your Apple Watch? Have you had any trouble, or has added a watch to your plan usually been a smooth experience? Let us know in the comment down below.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


Luke knows he spends more time on Twitter than he probably should, so feel free to follow him or give him a shout on social media @LukeFilipowicz.

3 Comments
  • Let me tell you about AT&T and something you don't see up front. My daughter has an apple watch with LTE and sure it's $10 for the connection plan but what they don't tell you is that the taxes and fees for a watch are 72% making it $17.20/month.
  • Take a look at what makes up that excess though. Mostly State and Federal taxes and fees. You pay the same stuff on your phone. It just isn't as noticeable when the base service price is considerably higher. Depends on where you live too. My 'surcharges and fees' are about $5. Might want to see if you qualify for some of their group discounts, military/vet, first responder, teacher, etc.
  • Never even occurred to me use a different carrier than my phone. If you don't, you can't take advantage of the integration of the cell service on the two devices. AT&T calls it number sync. It essentially makes the watch an extension off my phone. One number, my phone cell #, wrings both and I can answer either. If my phone looses power or has no signal, my watch can pick up calls, assuming it has signal of course.