What Apple Watch Cellular Plans Cost: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile & More (Including Apple Watch 6 & SE)

How much does cellular cost for an Apple Watch when you sign up with a carrier? We’ll break it down, plus answer your top Apple Watch cellular plan FAQs.

We'll discuss what each Apple Watch cellular plan costs, plus give answers to your top Apple Watch cellular plan questions. We've already gone over the best iPhone plans for you, now here’s how much an Apple Watch cellular plan for the Series 4, 5, 6, and SE will cost you on AT&T, Appalachian, C Spire, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Xfinity, and US Cellular, which are the only carriers currently supported for Apple Watch in the United States.

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How Much Does the Apple Watch Series 6 Cost?

The cellular model of the Apple Watch Series 6 starts at $399 for the model with just GPS. The version with GPS and cellular starts at $499.  

Like the Series 5, the Apple Watch Series 6 has a cellular model that allows you to place calls, check email, and stream music without your iPhone. You will, of course, still have to own an iPhone and pay for an iPhone cellular plan. But owning the cellular Apple Watch means you’ll also need to add the cost of an Apple Watch data plan to your current bill.

How Much Does the Apple Watch SE Cost?

The cellular model of the Apple Watch SE starts at $279 for the model with just GPS. The version with GPS and cellular starts at $329.  

Cost of Apple Watch Cellular Plans

When trying to decide which is the best Apple watch data plan for you, you'll want to know all your options.

So really, how much does cellular cost on Apple Watches? Well, it appears the currently supported cellular carriers for the Apple Watch are very nearly a united front on the price: at least $10 a month to add your wearable.

The one exception is U.S. Cellular, which offers a plan at half the price: $4.99 per month and the first three months are free. Why U.S. Cellular can afford to undercut the competition when everyone else is offering a fixed price, I don't know, but it's a sweet deal for U.S. Cellular customers. For everyone else, as long as $120 a year is worth it for you and your budget, it’s incredible to have an Apple Watch that can go iPhone free.

Does an Apple Watch Cellular have to have a plan, or can you use it without getting data? We'll go into more detail on how this works later in the article, but it's technically possible to use an Apple Watch Cellular+GPS model without actually harnessing its cellular power.

AT&T Apple Watch Plan

Buried in the fine print at the bottom of the AT&T site the company says it will charge you "as low as" $10 per month to add an Apple Watch to your cellular plan, but only the following three plans can add an Apple Watch:

If you have any other plan, you'll need to switch to one of these to get an Apple Watch added to your phone plan. The AT&T website is a labyrinth, but you can read about those plans at the links above.

Appalachian Apple Watch Plan

It only costs $10 a month to add a cellular Apple Watch to your Mix-and-Match, Unlimited, or Appalachian Advantage iPhone plans.

C Spire Apple Watch Cellular

C Spire is right upfront about how much it will cost to add an Apple Watch to your data plan; the first three months of service are free, $10 a month thereafter. C Spire also offers a useful summary of how the cellular service on an Apple Watch works and how to set it up. 

Sprint Unlimited Apple Watch Plan

Sprint makes things a little easier than AT&T, but that's not a high bar. Any Sprint customer with eligible iPhone can add what Sprint calls an Unlimited Apple Watch Plan for $15 a month, with a $5 autopay discount, so it comes out to $10 per month.

T-Mobile Apple Watch Plan

I couldn't find plan details on the T-Mobile website, so I had to give them a call. T-Mobile has greatly simplified its options since the last Apple Watch release. It now costs $10 per month to add your Apple Watch cellular option to the Magenta, Magenta Plus, or Essentials plans. A one-time $20 activation fee may apply. 

U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular is new to the game and mixing things up. If you have an unlimited plan, there is no additional charge to add an Apple Watch. On any other plan, you get the first three months free, and it's only $4.99 per month after that, making U.S. Cellular the best Apple Watch carrier in terms of price. 

Verizon Apple Watch Plan

Verizon was confusing. After calling a sales rep, I learned that it costs $10 per month to add an Apple Watch to one of their plans, and that all of Verizon's current plans offer Apple Watch additions, but some customers may have an older plan that doesn't allow it. Those customers with old plans would have to update. Be aware that the website says "attached devices" may be as low as $5 per month, but that does not mean Apple Watches; it refers to other devices like the Gizmo watch.

Xfinity Wireless

Xfinity now offers Apple Watch plans at $10 per month, with the fee waived for the first ninety days. The pricing info and contract terms were nice and up-front, just visit the linked page and click the Pricing and Info link. 

Family Setup

A new thing to consider when trying to decide the best Apple watch data plan for you and your family is Apple's new Family Setup. A WatchOS 7 update to the Watch App permits other users' Apple Watches to pair with the same iPhone in what Apple is calling Family Setup. This means members of a household or family can have their own Apple Watches while connecting to one iPhone, and therefore one cellular plan. Besides a great way to save on monthly costs, this also allows parents to monitor their child's Apple Watch use and even location, offering new ways to keep children safe in a world of increased technology. The carriers with Family Setup support are:

Apple Watch Cellular FAQs

1. Can You Still Text on an Apple Watch without Cellular Service?

Yes, but only if your iPhone is connected and within range, and has service. Without a cellular plan of its own, your Apple Watch is essentially just a wearable extension of your iPhone, and only has service through it.

2. What's the Difference between Apple Watch GPS & Apple Watch GPS+Cellular?

The main difference between an Apple Watch with cellular versus an Apple Watch without a cellular plan is that one with cellular can perform call, text, and data functions without a connected iPhone nearby. This is because the cellular service for Apple Watch GPS+Cellular allows it to act independently from your iPhone for those services, like a mini wearable iPhone. An Apple Watch with GPS only relies on your iPhone and sometimes an internet connection for these functions.

3. Can You Use an Apple Watch Cellular without a Cellular Plan?

Apple Watches that are cellular-equipped don't have to have to utilize a cellular plan—they still have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities, so they can use the data and cell service from your iPhone. If you don't intend to use cellular with your Apple Watch, though, it makes sense to go with the cheaper version and purchase an Apple Watch GPS instead of a more expensive version that comes equipped for cellular. 

4. What Can My Apple Watch Do without My iPhone?

Apple has a great resource to explain the things you can and can't do on your Apple Watch without a cellular connection, Wi-Fi, or your iPhone paired. Without your iPhone nearby, functionality will be quite limited unless you have an Apple Watch with a cellular plan.

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