3 Things About Apple Watch Ultra Cellular

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What are the advantages of Apple Watch Ultra Cellular?

  • Standalone communication
    Users can make calls, reply to messages, receive notifications, and more over a cellular connection even if they don't have their iPhone with them or a WLAN connection.
  • Contact in emergencies
    In an emergency, such as when the fall detection or car accident detection feature is triggered, your Apple Watch with cellular can automatically contact emergency services and provide location information, ensuring safety even if the phone is not around.
  • Music and entertainment
    Users can play music and podcasts independently on the watch without going through an iPhone, making it more convenient when exercising or being outdoors.
  • Health and fitness tracking
    Even when outdoors without a mobile phone, you can still use your Apple Watch to record exercise data, monitor heart rate and other health indicators.
  • Mobile payments
    With Apple Pay, users can make contactless payments on the Apple Watch without carrying cash or credit cards.
  • Location services
    Built-in GPS and cellular provide more accurate location services, especially useful for navigation and geotagging features.
  • Online app access
    Users can access and use various apps such as weather, maps, reminders, and more, directly on the watch without relying on your iPhone.

How to set up and use cellular service on Apple Watch Ultra?

Before setting up cellular service on Apple Watch Ultra, check your carrier settings for updates.

You can activate cellular when you first set up your Apple Watch. During setup, find the option to set up cellular and follow the steps on the screen.

Cellular can also be set up later in the Apple Watch app:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap My Watch, then tap Cellular.
  3. Tap Set Up Cellular. The Apple Watch will automatically switch to the carrier used on iPhone.

Note: If you need to add a new plan, tap Add New Plan and follow the on-screen steps. If your previous plan is still shown in the Apple Watch app, you can remove it.

Follow the instructions for your carrier. You may need to contact your carrier for assistance. 

Does Apple Watch Ultra require cellular plan?

Whether it is necessary to buy a GPS + Cellular Apple Watch depends on your personal needs and usage scenarios. Here are some considerations to help you make your decision:

  • Standalone use needs
    Cellular is useful if you often need to use all the features of the watch, such as making and receiving calls, sending and receiving messages, and using apps, without having your iPhone with you.
  • Outdoor activities
    Apple Watch Ultra is designed for outdoor activities and extreme environments, and if you regularly engage in outdoor sports or adventure activities, the cellular version can stay connected in places where there is no cell signal.
  • Emergency
    Apple Watch Cellular model can make emergency calls in case of emergency, even if your cell phone is not with you, which also adds a layer of security.
  • Battery life considerations
    The cellular version consumes more power when using cellular networks, but the battery life of Apple Watch Ultra is relatively long and can support a day of use.
  • Price
    The Cellular Apple Watch is more expensive than the GPS version, so if you're on a budget, you may need to weigh whether you need additional cellular features.
  • Carrier support
    Not all carriers support eSIM services, and you need to check if your carrier supports cellular services for the Apple Watch.
  • Sharing among family members
    If you have elderly or young children in your home, the cellular version can give them a way to stay in touch without carrying their phone.

The cellular of Apple Watch Ultra provide users with great convenience and flexibility, especially when they are not carrying an iPhone or a WLAN connection, and still able to communicate and access the network. Overall, the cellular networking capability of the Apple Watch Ultra greatly expand the usage scenarios for the watch, making it a more independent and versatile device, especially for those who want to stay connected while outdoors, exercising or traveling.

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