Best Cell Plans for Apple Watch Family Setup

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If you plan to use Apple Watch Family Setup to allow your child or another family member to have an Apple Watch that is independent of an iPhone, you'll need a cell plan because family setup only works with a cellular Apple Watch. The best Apple Watch comes in cellular models, so if you have a Apple Watch Series 6 or an Apple Watch SE, you can use them for Family Setup.

While many of the best cell plans for Apple Watch can overlap with the best cell plans for Family Setup, there are a few certain plans from some carriers meant for this application specifically. Here's what you need to know to pick the best cell plans for Family Setup.

Disclaimer: What 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, make sure it's a plan you can access.


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Truphone offers a special deal for Family Setup specifically, including unlimited data, call, and text, and a U.S. phone number, all for $10 a month. There's no lock-in contract, making it easy to cancel whenever you need, and there's even a 7-day free trial to see if you like the service.


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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, including 5G access. The plans also include unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada as well as international texting.

Additionally, if you buy an Apple Watch at full price through AT&T, you can also get a separate plan for just the Apple Watch at $10 a month.


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If you want to go pink or are already with T-Mobile, you can add an Apple Watch to either its Essential plan, Magenta plan, or Magenta Plus. It costs $10 a month to add an Apple Watch to either of those plans. All the plans offer unlimited talk, text, and data, with each plan having access to some premium data.

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 a month, meaning you can add multiple Apple Watches with Family Setup if you wanted. 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, which is a nice way to see if the cell plan works for you and your family.


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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 they all include unlimited talk, text, and data and access to its 5G network.

While there are no special deals or pricing for Family Setup, the carrier does support the feature. You can add multiple Apple Watches using Family Setup to a plan each for the $10 a month.

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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. 

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