First Impressions Review: Apple Watch 3 Cellular

Joanna Estrada
May 10, 2018

While GPS-only version was made available in India a year ago itself at a starting price of Rs 29,900, Apple has now launched the Watch 3 Cellular version. It will be available starting May 11.

Apple is gearing up to launch the GPS + Cellular variant of its Watch Series 3 in India from Friday.

Apple Watch Nike+ 38mm variant starts at Rs 39,130 while the 42mm variant will sell from Rs 41,180. Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with Global Positioning System and cellular, and one with Global Positioning System, both featuring a 70 percent faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip. You can also use the LTE network to stream music directly from the internet, while you are on your run. Ola and Uber have also introduced their Watch LTE-version apps.

This means you do not need to carry your iPhone to keep your Apple Watch connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Users just have to pair [tutorial below] the device to the mobile phone and once done, you can make calls, text messages and more on the Watch itself.

Also, you can choose not to carry your iPhone everywhere with you when you have the cellular version of Watch 3 with you. 3 Hong Kong also works with renowned partners to offer a wealth of innovative mobile devices and value-added services, while providing high-speed Wi-Fi at 3 Hong Kong's hotspots to serve Hong Kong's major areas.

Cellular: With cellular, you can go for a run, hang out at the beach, or go on a quick errand, and always stay connected. The SIM card data on your iPhone is digitally transferred to the embedded chip or eSIM inside the Apple Watch 3.For those unaware, the eSIM in question is already provided by Apple end and users will not have to do procure it from Airtel or Reliance Jio.

Jio customers pre-booking the watch are also entitled to priority delivery and the company will not require a new connection plan for Apple Watch Series 3 as the current plan automatically applies to it.

The simplicity of the Apple Watch has made is very simple for iPhone users to now leave behind their bulky, unnecessary handsets at home when working out or out on an adventure where you may not be able to use your iPhone as conveniently. With cellular, customers can go with just their Apple Watch and stay connected to the people and information they care about. The Watch can be purchased online and can be now clubbed with two telecom partners in India, Reliance Jio and Airtel. Unlike in the United States, users are not required to pay a monthly fee of $10 (or approx Rs 680) to get LTE connectivity.

Don't worry about the eSIM setup. You can also buy the new LTE Watch from Apple authorized stores across the country.

Apart from enabling you to make calls independently, the new Apple Watch 3 Cellular comes with an Altimeter sensor for better fitness tracking while you are hiking or climbing. The only visual way to differentiate the two version from each other is a red dot on the Digital Crown. The Apple Watch Series 3 LTE was available for pre-order on the respective telecom service providers' online websites.

What about worldwide roaming? Apple lists the requirement of an at least iPhone 6 or later running iOS 11 for the Series 3 Apple Watch cellular to work in India. Will you be able to save money by not subscribing to an global roaming plan from Airtel or Reliance Jio by simply carrying your Apple Watch 3 overseas while keeping your iPhone at home? You will have to subscribe to an global roaming plan to use the Apple Watch 3 Cellular outside inside irrespective of whether you carry your iPhone with you or not.

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