Well, it used to be that the devices were carrier branded (I doubt the watches that Apple's shipping have any branding to them). Still, each batch would have a range of addresses that the carrier would use for provisioning.
Yes, you can have platform specific services which would complicate using different platforms with a single SIM (often the carriers have different APN's for these devices to segment the traffic).
Heh...this still doesn't give any cause for Rogers not being able to provision these. 🙂 I think they really should be providing some specifics and some timelines.
I completely agree with you on this!! Out of respect for its customers they should let us know.
The AW s3 eSim cards are assigned for each country and won't work when you're out of the country contrary to the iPhone you can buy anywhere and use them where ever the Apple Watch won't.
Actually, I'm not convinced that the eSIM's have either the MCC or MNC already coded.
It could very well be that Apple's stating that just so they preserve their local "Apple Tax". (i.e. we're only getting a 75 cent dollar if you check Apple's exchanges on the new products). Kinda lousy considering our dollar was 82 cents when they were released.
I'm hoping people have done some cross-border shopping and verified this long before Rogers finally gets their network in shape to provision these.
I am not changing my watch just now. I have a first gen apple watch. However, whenever it stops working or is too slow to support software, I will get a new one. If it is an Apple watch I buy, I will want to get the one with LTE, and I will want it to work on the mobile network...and for not more money than other carriers charge. So I hope this is on Rogers' road map to get done at some point. Apple might be the first to have an accessory with direct LTE connectivity but probably won't be the last. There should be a common standard for this actually, and it should be universally supported.
Same here I already have the watch, I can’t wait for Rogers to support this service. And obviously I'm not gonna switch carrier just for that, but I hope they are actively working on that, so they can flip the switch on a.s.a.p
I don't even care if they offer or subsidise the watch. Anyone that would spend the money on an Apple Watch 3 with cellular can likely afford to buy the watch outright. Just offer us a package that integrates the calling features and BYOD!
That's not true. All they have said is that (1) they will be reviewing their device portfolio and (2) there has been no timeline for introducing the apple watch. Pricing is the reason I would stay, of course, since I've negotiated myself a nice little plan. All I want is an announcement and timeline - then I'd buy the LTE Apple watch. As it stands, I've ordered myself a AW3 without cellular, because I don't really want to be sitting on a feature for a year, not using it before they update the watch.
" We will look at launching the cellular Apple watch next year as we build system functionality to support this technology based on open standards."
This is a official Rogers representative. This comment is now being sent out to Everyone.
So yes they have given a time line "next year" not specific as many want but they are giving one out. Pricing won't be given until they announce the actual date of release of the service. Most likely the same as Rogers.
Umm "look at launching" is not a commitment to launch. It's ambiguous enough in tone to be supported by their device review process.
Rogers need to actually commit to adding it to their device portfolio and a timeline.
Otherwise, their customer base would be smart to wait for the Apple Watch Series 4...(or switch carriers). Really depends on how soon they want to experience this technology (and if the competing carriers will match the plans they have with Rogers today).
This is the latest I've seen from Rogers: where did you pull your comment from?
Even the last response from @RogersHelps is even less committed, and is the same as it was in the past: "it will be something we look at next year as we build system functionality to support this technology based on open standard." No "looking to launch the Apple Watch." Words do matter.
I called ROGERS about 1 month ago and inquired about the apple LTE watch
they (Mat ) told me it would cost $10/mnth which i thought was reasonable
I was shocked when I ROGERS tonight and was informed they don't have plans to support this watch , a check of their records confirmed they had spoken to me and noted my conversation
they offered their apologies but no possible compensation
very disappointed in them
Did the rep at Telus happen to mention how much they'd be charging?
Honestly, with Bell doing it at $5 a month, I'd be surprised if all of the other carriers didn't match it. (even though the US carriers are charging $10).