When will fido support Apple Watch 3? Bell and Telus both do it!
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Do we have any updates since? Because october/november is when I plan to get an LTE Watch + refresh my iphone, and that's the time where I'll be deciding if I have to change carriers or not.
This is still something we look at as we build system functionality to support this technology.
We really wouldn't want to see you go! Did you know that can buy Apple Watch Series 3, both the cellular and non-cellular version and bring it to Fido? You’ll be able to pair with a compatible iPhone using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but not our LTE network. You can check the most recent compatibility on apple.com/watch.
Also, using any Apple Watch by connecting it through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi allows you to enjoy its most popular functionalities (e.g. GPS, heart rate sensor, health apps, etc.)? Apart from the cellular capabilities, both versions have almost the exact same features. The ceramic back and the capacities are different. Features that need a cellular connection, like call or text, still work on any Apple Watch. You just need to connect it to an iPhone close by through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
We'll share more with the Community as soon as we have more details.
But by moving towards an LTE Watch; it allows me to consolidate 3 iOS devices into two.
Essentially; moving from smartphone to phablet, I get to rid my iPad mini (with lte) as everyday reading/surfing on-the-go work device, but I get inconveined with a device that doesn’t always fit well in my pocket on weekends.
To offset, this is where the watch with LTE gains attraction, permitting me to leave the phone device behind when I don’t need it.
Just want to add my voice to those wondering where Apple Watch LTE support is? I've been with Fido for many, many years (even before it was Fido) even through the rebranding and marketing campaigns that look like you're only interested in customers who are between 21 and 29 years old, and I'm responsible for many other people signing up. I've generally been happy I stayed, as Rogers/Fido has always been the first to support new technologies like the iPhone, VoLTE, visual voicemail, etc. When iPhone first came to Canada, Rogers/Fido was the first to offer it and the first to offer a serious data plan.
So it's a little baffling and frustrating that you are the only nationwide carrier not supporting Apple Watch LTE. With new models expected this fall, I hope to see that change. You need to offer a Watch add-on for no more than $5-$7 a month allowing the watch to share the phone's data bucket. (Technologically it has to share the same phone number, so this only makes sense.) Otherwise staying with Fido will get a little less attractive for me and I'm sure many others.
I know Fido reps in this forum can't give out any info about future plans, but I'm hoping that last "stay tuned" comment is cause for optimism.
Thank you so much for your loyalty and your support!
We certainly understand the importance of this option and I assure you that we are working accordingly to improve our services every day. We will keep you updated of any changes, if any.
As an alternative, as my colleague mentioned, you'll definitively be able to buy Apple Watch Series 3, both the cellular and non-cellular version and bring it to Fido. It can be paired with a compatible iPhone using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but not our LTE network.
Check out the most recent compatibility here.
What do you mean we can bring the Apple Watch Series 3 to Fido? We know we don't need Fido to use the watch.
We need Fido to support the cellular function.
"As an alternative, as my colleague mentioned, you'll definitively be able to buy Apple Watch Series 3, both the cellular and non-cellular version and bring it to Fido".
I don't understand. How is this an "alternative" to having an LTE Apple Watch? The whole point is to use it independantly of your iPhone. Why pay extra for the LTE enabled Apple Watch and then not be able to use that functionality? Why would anyone need to bring their Apple Watch to Fido if it's only to be paired with their iPhone and not have access to the cellular network on its own?
I've been a Fido customer for over 10 years. When I get an Apple Watch LTE I'll aparently need to go elsewhere. Fido / Rogers isn't even giving us a vague idea of when or if they'll offer this functionality. Doesn't inspire loyalty.
We hear you. We know how important it is for our customers to be able to make use of the latest technologies and that this is no exception.
This is something that we continue to look at as we build system functionality to support this technology.
If we had a timeline that we could share with you we wouldn't hesitate, but we're not quite there yet. When we have a better picture of when we will be able support the Apple Watch we will post an update here.
Thanks so much for your long time loyalty, we greatly appreciate it!
The last thing we want is to see you go after so many years with us
We know how important it is for our customers to be able to access the latest technologies and we're working on ways to support the service.
In the meantime, pairing an Apple watch with a compatible iPhone using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is the best option.
"...pairing an Apple watch with a compatible iPhone using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is the best option."
I beg to differ.
Having a carrier that supports LTE for the watch is the best option. If that means going somewhere else, so be it.
We most definitely wouldn't want to see you go @drahman
That's something we're still working on at this time and we do not have an ETA.
We'll update this thread if there are any changes.
But like MzVib mentionned; this service omission + lack of roadmap visibility will cost client departures.
I’m also a 15+ year subscriber, and right now, this is a meaningful deal breaker.
I just may as well concede to my company’s corporate mobile plan and find the service offering I want.
Let's hope the Rogers/Fido executives heard about T-Mobile's latest investor conference call in which the CEO stated:
"We also had strong branded postpaid net additions of one million, supported by continued strong growth of wearables, particularly the Apple Watch."
I can't believe Rogers/Fido would leave all that money on the table. Perhaps there are technological reasons for the delay, but that's not what we've come to expect from them.
My guess is we'll see an announcement from Rogers/Fido in time for the new Apple Watch models expected this fall. But if we don't, I think anyone interested in the cellular model will probably have to give up waiting, and switch to another carrier (where the rates for adding an Apple Watch are quite reasonable, I might add).
(And Fido reps, we know you have to keep saying it, but I think you can assume that most of us inquiring about Apple Watch LTE support are quite aware that we can pair a Watch with our iPhone, and probably already have.)