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Top 9 Standalone Smartwatches with LTE Connectivity to Replace Your Phone

Top 9 Standalone Smartwatches with LTE Connectivity to Replace Your Phone

Best for Overall

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Best for iPhone

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Best for Android Phones

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Best for Staying Active

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Best User Experience

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Best for Running

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Best for Style

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Best Battery Life

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Most Affordable

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5 comments

Jim May 2, 2019 at 5:22 am

Thanks for all the information in the smartwatches. I’ve been looking at trying to replace my phone with a watch for a while now. I’m thinking that, for my purposes, the Samsung Galaxy watch would be my best bet.

That said, the big issue I’m running into is trying to find a carrier that will actually allow me to use a smartwatch as a phone replacement. All the info I’ve been able to find so far is stuff like this. Info on the watches, but nothing on finding a carrier to support said watch. Useful info, but not everything I need to replace my smartphone with a smartwatch. Any articles that could help me with that?

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Digiswitch Editors May 2, 2019 at 11:20 am

Hi Jim, depends on which country you live in, the carriers that support LTE connectivity for your standalone watch might have different requirements/limitations. In the U.S. for example, all the major carriers – T Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint – supports the LTE version of Samsung Galaxy watch. On the Samsung official product page, there is fine print stating that “AT&T Customer will need to go to AT&T store or contact AT&T customer care to get the QR code card for activation”. Similar story for Sprint. You might need to talk to a customer rep of your current phone carrier or visit the store about what sort of data plan are they able to support for standalone watches. Hope this helps!

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Jim May 4, 2019 at 7:51 pm

I haven’t talked to a rep in a store, but I have been researching this online. The major carriers I’ve researched here in the U.S. won’t support a Samsung Galaxy watch as a true standalone device. They all require you to also have a compatible Android phone through them as well. Verizon specifically requires you to use their number sharing feature.

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Digiswitch Editors May 7, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Hi Jim, indeed Samsung Galaxy Watch uses eSim (briefly talked about in the post as well) similar to Apple Watch, which essentially means it doesn’t come with a simcard slot and will need to work alongside a smartphone (does not have to be Android phone, it works with iOS or later iPhones). See a full list of compatible mobile devices here https://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-watch/device-compatibility/. If you get one of those “unlocked” Galaxy watches, there is no guarantee that you can get it to connect to a mobile network. In short, you will need to pay some extra fees to your local carrier to set up a secondary LTE device (the watch) that works in conjunction with your primary LTE device (your phone).

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steve June 9, 2019 at 12:35 am

Nice to see they are working on it. I can’t wait to be able to use a watch as a smartphone replacement (with the same phone number for the watch and my primary smartphone). Perhaps 5G tech is going to speed this along?

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