What Apple Watch Cellular Plans Cost at Verizon, AT&T & More (2023)

How much does a cellular Apple Watch plan cost? We’ll break it down, plus answer your top Apple Watch cellular plan FAQs.

What to Know

  • Most carriers charge $10/month for an Apple Watch cellular plan. 
  • If you need multiple Apple Watch cellular plans, consider Family Setup to save money. 

If you want a super-handy cellular Apple Watch, there are two costs to consider. First, you'll need an Apple Watch model that supports cellular service. Then, you'll need to pick a cellular plan for your Apple Watch. Below, we'll discuss what each Apple Watch cellular plan costs for the Series 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Ultra, and SE. To help you get started, we'll also answer your top Apple Watch data plan questions!

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How Much Does the Apple Watch Cost with Cellular Service?

If you're looking to purchase a cellular Apple Watch, you'll see two models listed: Apple Watch (GPS) and (GPS + Cellular). We've covered the difference between GPS and cellular in the section below, but basically, a GPS-only model needs to be near your iPhone to text, call, and stream music, while a GPS + Cellular model doesn't. While you'll need a GPS and cellular model in order to have cellular service, we've listed the GPS-only prices below to help you easily compare the difference. Keep in mind that the additional cost of a cellular-enabled Apple Watch does not include the cost of a cellular plan for your Apple Watch, the additional cost only reflects the device's cellular capability.

How Much Does the Apple Watch Series 8 with Cellular Cost?

The cellular model of the Apple Watch Series 8 cost:

  • Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS): Starts at $399.
  • Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS + Cellular): Starts at $499.

How Much Does the Apple Watch SE with Cellular Cost?

If you're looking for a budget-friendly option, we recommend the second-generation Apple Watch SE, which is the least expensive model currently sold by Apple. 

  • Apple Watch SE (GPS): Starts at $249.
  • Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular): Starts at $299.

How Much Does the Apple Watch Ultra with Cellular Cost?

The Apple Watch Ultra is the most expensive model:

  • Apple Watch Ultra (GPS + Cellular): Starts at $799.
  • The Ultra doesn't offer a GPS-only option.

How Much Is a Cellular Plan for an Apple Watch?

Good news! The monthly cost for an Apple Watch cellular plan is nearly the same for all carriers. While some service providers (like C Spire and U.S. Cellular) offer a discount for the first couple of months, the price is usually $10/month to add cellular to your Apple Watch. 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.

AT&T Apple Watch Plan

While AT&T used to have a labyrinth of a website that made it hard to find the pricing info for an Apple Watch cellular plan, it's now quite simple: $10/month to add to any unlimited plan. If you don't already have a plan, it would cost the same as a phone line. Prepaid plans do not support Apple Watches.

C Spire Apple Watch Plan

C Spire is upfront about how much it will cost to add an Apple Watch to your data plan: the first three months of service are free, and the cost is $10 per month after that. As an added bonus, there's no activation fee.

T-Mobile Apple Watch Plan

With T-Mobile, it costs $10 per month to add your Apple Watch cellular option to the Magenta, Magenta Max, or Essentials plans. A one-time $20 activation fee may apply. 

U.S. Cellular Apple Watch Plan

U.S. Cellular offers the first two months for free, and charges $10 per month after that for an Apple Watch cellular plan. This applies to all data plans, except for prepaid plans. 

Verizon Apple Watch Plan

Verizon's setup is pretty straightforward: it costs $10 per month for your cellular Apple Watch with any Unlimited plan.

Xfinity Wireless Apple Watch Plan

Xfinity now offers Apple Watch plans at $10 per month.

Pro Tip: Once you get set up with a carrier, your Apple Watch will have its own phone number for billing purposes. Learn how to find your Apple Watch phone number here.

Family Setup

Another thing to consider when trying to decide the best Apple Watch data plan for you and your family is Apple's Family Setup. Starting with watchOS 7, you can pair other users' Apple Watches with your 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 being a great way to save on monthly costs, this also allows parents to monitor their children'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 FAQ 

  • Can you still text on an Apple Watch without cellular service? Yes, but only if your iPhone is connected, 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.
  • What’s the difference between Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS? 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.
  • 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 that 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. 
  • What can my Apple Watch do without my iPhone? Without your iPhone nearby, functionality will be quite limited unless you have an Apple Watch with a cellular plan. 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.
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