With some Apple Watch Series 3 models gaining cellular support, the big unknown from Apple’s event was the cost of that add-on to users’ existing phone plans. We’ve now had that answer as AT&T and Verizon have revealed to The Street that they will both charge $10 per month. T-Mobile also confirmed to iDB reader Matthew M. that the carrier will also be charging $10 per month.

Similar to the way you can add an iPad to your plan for an additional $10 a month, you will be able to do the same for your cellular Apple Watch. Whether you’ll get your money worth is an entirely different question that each user should ponder.

Starting at $399, the cost of ownership of a cellular Apple Watch will increase by $120 a year, a price that is not negligible, especially considering the limited benefits one might get out of it.

To make the pill easier to swallow, some carriers will offer introductory pricing. Verizon, for example, will offer three free months of service for all new users.

As for Sprint, it is unknown what their pricing will be, so is the pricing of carrier partners across the world.

At $10 a month, is the added value of a cellular Apple Watch worth it to you?

  • :D

    EE in the UK haven’t released their pricing yet but it’ll be a separate 24 month contract, i.e. you get locked in for longer even if your phone plan ends sooner.

    • Franklin Richards

      £5 a month. They announced on twitter.

      • :D

        Oh, okay. Thanks for the update.

  • Computorium

    This is madness. No Apple watch new Apple watch for me.

    • Alexander Ekeberg

      Come again?

    • Alexander Ekeberg

      Come again?

      • Computorium

        thank you come again.

    • websyndicate

      WTF did you just say?

  • Benedict

    The question is, when do you go out without your phone and just the watch? The bigger question ist how long does the battery last on LTE to leave your phone home?

    • Mike M. Powell

      Me, never. When I heard LTE I was like uhhhh ok, I hope they make a version w/o it. And luckily they did

    • nova12

      When I run (or, when I USED to run). Good to have a phone in case you crap out far from home, get injured, etc, so I guess it would be nice not to have to cart the phone on your run, and just wear the watch.


    love my apple watch, but this is a non starter for me,
    was just watching the new and wondering about how the LTE thing was going to play out thanks for the answer

  • jacjustjac

    At least they don’t make GPS a factor like they do the iPads.

  • Garmac

    I can see how this would be great for runners or active users that don’t want to carry their phone with them. My question would be how long will the battery last to track a complete bike ride for example using GPS, Heartrate, etc… One can last a few hours…

    • ravinigga

      On mine current series 2 all day one go to the gym turn on workouts. It can last long 2 or even 3 days.
      Apple said the LTE will be the same as the previous gen 18 hours(but with watchOS update maybe longer)

  • websyndicate

    At this point I have too much stuff to buy. A new iPhone and I can’t decide between the 8+ and the X. LTE watch would be great at times but really not nesscary for me.

    • Mark S

      You don’t HAVE to buy anything.

      • websyndicate

        True I dont have to buy anything but I will because I can. Apple watch = Toy, I never try to justify having it to people. I’m always up front and say its a toy for me and I like it.

        The phone is use too much for person use. Mostly picture of my kids and well phone calls and text and twitter lol.

  • Woz A Nater

    I hate that red dot. Makes watch look cheap.