Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular?

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Apple announced that the Series 3 of the Apple Watch supports cellular. Bell was announced as the launch partner, with Telus coming later this year. I have 2 questions? When will Telus support go live?  And Will Koodo be supported on launch with Telus.
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Tim Mosdell

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Ry

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I highly doubt it. Would require "share" plans which vastly complicates Koodo's offerings and goal of straightforward cell plans.
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I called Koodo support today (Sept. 19) and at first the rep said the Apple Watch 3 with LTE would be supported like any other device, but I urged her to double check as this is not like any other phone as it is the first mass market consumer device to use an eSIM and needs to be paired with a master like your phone.  She took a few minutes and came back and said they weren't sure.  I encouraged her to tell Koodo Marketing to make a decision and get the word out.  I, for one, will likely move to another carrier if they don't support it.
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I don't think it will be supported on Koodo, Telus said it will though. You could check it out, so when you move there, you don't have to unlock your phone (if your phone is locked).

Unless the Watch3 is extremely popular, Koodo won't do it. The problems are with the sharing plan and the implementation of an electronic SIM on a budget carrier. Rogers even said they "look into it" without any promise.
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Koodo doesn't offer tablet or data-only plans. All Koodo plans are talk & text, with or without data. The only device Koodo offers that isn't a conventional cellphone is the home phone adapter (to compete with most telephone companies other than TELUS).

Koodo does sell accessories (phone cases, etc.). Smart watches that connect to your phone via Bluetooth/Wifi can be such accessories. Smart watches that have a sim reader and connect to the cell network fall under Internet of things and alternative cellular devices, which Koodo won't do.

You can get an Apple Watch 3, pair it with an iPhone that you got from Koodo via Bluetooth or Wifi and just use it as a smart watch, but no dice on getting the smart watch as an add-on to your post-paid subscriber line or anyway of getting the same number deal.

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Checked Bell plans today because I was going to move just for Apple Watch 3 support. Lordy, those folks want your first born for a measly 3GB of data per month. Hard to justify paying an extra $30/month for the apple watch. #whattodo
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Decision time?
If you factor in the greater subsidy Bell offers on new phone purchases, it might be less than a $30 difference.
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My Iphone 7 plus meets my needs. Probably the wrong place to ask, but anyone have any clue how to get a reasonable price out of Bell for 3GB BYOD data plan?
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@Daren Janes depends on the province associated with the area code of your phone number. Aside that, maybe corporate plans if you work for a large entitiy that has a deal with Bell, or even go on a shared plan with multiple users to drive down your "per user" cost.
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Well, I've ordered my Apple Watch with LTE and will now unfortunately be switching to Bell before the end of the current billing cycle.  If and when Koodo ever supports the Watch, I might switch back.  Number portability is a beautiful thing...
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I’ve doubled check this too since Telus will be supporting it. Koodo will not be, unfortunately. However, if we can have more chatter in the community, Koodo may bring support for it too.
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I have the LTE Version now. Bell Plan prices are off the charts expensive, I'm having a hard time understanding why people are paying those insane prices. Waiting for a little better price (Home Bundle) from Bell and then I'm gone.
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I plan to get the Apple Watch with LTE and I am currently with Koodo. Unfortunately, will be forced to switch if not offered here...
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I would imagine Telus is trying to make a decision for Koodo right now. I think if we all will sign-up on the Telus site and select Koodo as our carrier. We may get our voice heard?! The more that sign-up the better!

https://www.telus.com/en/on/mobility/accessories/product/apple-watch-series-3
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Nah, that would trigger a follow-up with TELUS knowing that you're with Koodo and will position switching from Koodo to TELUS. You'd probably get an experienced agent to assist you, including in porting your number.

Mind you, you'd be low priority. If you indicate that you're interested in TELUS for business yet you're with Rogers or Bell, you'll probably be first in line for a call back.

Lastly, @SGOODE please don't revive an old thread, but rather create a new one.

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So my Apple Watch with LTE is scheduled to arrive on Oct. 31, so I went into a Bell store yesterday to see what it would take to move over to them.  My original plan was to understand the process and go back on Oct. 30 after getting closer to the end of this billing cycle, but they were able to get me all set-up with a timed switch-over for 6:00 AM on the 30th when my number will be automatically ported.  All I will need to do that day is put the Bell SIM into my phone that I walked out the door with.  The whole thing took ~10 mins.

With all that said, my bill will go up by about $40 per month, but I will save a few bucks on my Bell TV service as part of a bundle.  I'm sorry to have to leave Koodo, they have been very good and I am keeping the rest of the family on there.  As I earlier said, I'll consider switching back if and when they ever support the eSIM / Apple Watch.
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I have the Apple Watch 3 LTE and just waiting for Telus. I can get a 30% corporate discount with those folks and that should even the Koodo/Telus equation. I'm still struggling to understand why people are paying those Bell plan prices. Surely it can't be lower buy in on the phone hardware! Can it?
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Just to set my perspective clear here, I haven't worn a watch in over 20 years for the very point that Cory has made.  People would ask me why I don't wear one and I would always respond with 2 points:  Point 1) Why would I wear a watch when I have a far more useful device that I can quickly pull out of my pocket that does way way more than just tell the time and it does that very accurately.  Point 2)  When the day comes for me to not have to carry this thing in my pocket and I can wear a powerful and useful device on my wrist, I'll move to that.  

Well, that day has come.  While I'll admit it's still not as functional as a smartphone, these things are not just novelty toys any more either and they are getting better with every new app.  We are on the 3rd generation of hardware and the 4th generation of software from Apple alone (not to mention all the other vendor's offerings) and the growing list of very useful apps is the real value here.  Now that LTE makes it untethered, I fully plan to leave the phone at home as much as possible - certainly for non-work activities.  I am also pushing app providers to drive harder and faster to build-out the watch ecosystem.  I recently traded emails with Toronto's Green P parking payment app people who are considering a watch port...  By opening one request, I asked Starbucks to add soy milk to their app over a year ago - and they did.  If you don't ask, you don't get...
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I am planning on getting the Apple Watch 3 as well but I will not go with Bell!! Im really hoping Koodo will get on board with this.  My only option is to leave Koodo and go with Telus.....and I really don't want to do this!  
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Well Koodo is owned by Telus. The only difference really is price points. I guess that's a good reason though.
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I agree with Brantz; in many ways this is about any carrier remaining relevant.  If they think they can take their time deciding, they will be flat-footed in 2018 with the flood of embedded, connected devices entering in the market.  By 202x we'll be talking the equivalent of $2-3/month/device for everything from backyard webcams to baby monitors.