I've always bought devices outright so that's not a concern.
The cellular technology that Apple would use in the current series 3 watches would be the same in the series 4. It's just a software based sim (an e-sim) so once it's supported, it should always be.
I don't understand why you think it's "beyond" you to figure out why people want to switch because of the Apple Watch issue. Have you ever tried jogging with an iPhone 7 Plus as opposed to a Watch with AirPods? We would also like to be able to receive urgent calls during our workouts from our family at the same time. Balancing both requires us to have a Watch. The ability to pick up arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation during workouts is a nice feature to have as well.
The Watch is very important to some of us and you can add me to your list of switchers if Rogers does not offer this within a month or two at most. My self and my wife will be jumping over to Telus or Bell.
Got tired of Rogers refusal to even discuss the LTE watch, so investigated switching. Found out that had I been a Telus customer the past year I would have save $10 per month with BYOD. Was Able to get a new iPhone 8 for $0 for 64GB, or $200 for 256GB, with same plan as I had on Rogers, better coverage in my area, for 5$ less per month than I was paying for my 3 year old phone. So now I am saving money and ready for a new watch. I guess I should thank Rogers for pretending the Apple Watch doesn't exist, because I was prompted to learn there are better alternatives.
Even if Rogers was not sure about potential popularity of the Watch, they should have at least placed a poll in their regular email letters to their users if they would be interested in adding the Watch or not. The fact that they did not even bother taking preorders or even a poll is rather annoying to say the least. Who are they to decide which devices the customer will be limited to? We will be voting with our wallets. Been with Rogers since '93 but will the wife and I will dump them within two months if it is not announced.
Hi @Meowmix, I was always impressed with the Watch's battery life too. Hope you are right with the possibility of Rogers getting the LTE Watch before summer. However, my personal timeline for them is shorter than that before switching. Need the Watch especially for jogging with Apple Music and no phone strapped to your arm. Being able to walk around the workplace sans the phone would be nice as well. Apple Pay, reading & dictating notes, mail, messages, etc. on the run all without the phone are all great to have at the workplace as well where we can just leave the phone in the desk drawer all day.