I'm relatively new to my apple watch series 3. imagine my surprise when I started getting txt messages on the watch when I had left my phone at home.
Turns out if you have been in a place with your phone and watch connected and your phone connected to the local wifi, then next time you visit, (without your phone), the watch will automatically connect to that wifi and you are go to go with your watch.
Thanks for sharing your findings with the Community!
You can pair the Apple Watch with a compatible iPhone using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and it allows you to enjoy its most popular functionalities (e.g. GPS, heart rate sensor, health apps, etc.). However, I wasn't aware that it could be used while the paired iPhone was not near by. We're therefore grateful you took the time to let us know it works perfectly for you.
If your Apple watch series 3 is LTE capable you don't need your iPhone or even any Wifi to make calls or get messages, as long as your carrier is Telus or Bell. With Rogers you will have to stick near known Wifi networks as Rogers does not support the LTE series 3 Apple Watch, and have refused to say if or when they ever will.
Great to know that - so in effect, you have a WIFI enabled smart watch that is pretty smart - didn't realize it could work without the phone nearby, but then again, if it has an antenna for bluetooth, and LTE conection, those chips usually include WIFI as well.
So you have a WIFI enable smart watch, with no LTE capability as long as you are Rogers, as long as you have a WIFI connection, and neat that it works just like the phone and can automatically pick up a past connection.