Plans for smart watches

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Plans for smart watches

Hi Fido,

Do you have a plan for stand alone Smartwatches already? Bell has it already!

I am using Fido and want to buy a smartwatch. 

Please let me know when Smartwatch plan might be awailable. 

Thank you in davance.  

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Re: Smartwatch. Shared plan.

Hey @Shawn2!

 

You can definitely connect your Apple Watch to your iPhone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi but not the LTE network as it's not something we'll be carrying. We are constantly reviewing our device line-up, however, at this time we will not carry any Apple Watch on Fido. We always want our customers to have the best offers possible and we offer many great services here at Fido. We always try to offer you the best value with competitive plans, tons of extra services like Fido Roam, Fido Xtra and 5 extra hours of data!


That said, the original question from @Smartwatch on this thread was regarding Smart watches for kids, and that is something that can be used on our network (as long as the watch takes a physical SIM card). To do so, one can get any data-only plan or a talk, text, and data plan and use it with the smart watch. The type of plan needed does depend on the watch as some make calls and will require a talk and text plan.

 

I hope this helps!

 

 

 

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They want to play Fido as their bargain brand and Rogers as their premium brand.  It’s just marketing... it’s the same network but Fido plans are cheaper. 

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A shared plan does not enable me to get e.g. text messages directly to a smartwatch (i.e. without the phone as an intermediary)?

 

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Hello Rogernp,

 

  Welcome to the community!

 

  Firstly, a smartwatch plan and shared plans are slightly different. A smartwatch plan would be linked to your main plan to allow your watch to perform its functions with the same phone number as your main plan. You could use your watch without the phone as an intermediary. On the other hand, shared plans would allow two main plans to use the same allotment of services (ie data). Unfortunately, Fido does not offer either smartwatch plans nor shared plans.

 

  You are able to get a SIM and plan for a smartwatch with Fido. However, it would be a separate plan and independent from your main phone plan.

 

Hope this helps 😀

 

Cheers

 



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Re: Smartwatch. Shared plan.

Can you explain how EXACTLY we get a smartwatch that we buy from Apple, then hook it up to our existing Fido account?  I'm happy to do this, as I don't want to switch carriers, but I will have to switch to Telus or Bell in order to use a smartwatch which seems, frankly, not very smart.  I have scoured the website, and don't understand 1) where do we get this sim card?  Is it from Fido? 2) how does this work over the cellular network if you don't have a plan for smartwatches? 

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Hello Bb31,

 

  Welcome to the community!

 

  Unfortunately, I don't believe it's possible to use the Apple Watch in the same manner as other smartwatches stated above. As far as I am aware, Apple has not provided the functionality for the Apple Watch to operate as a standalone device (see here).

 

  With the above forementioned smartwatches (non-Apple Watch), customers are able to purchase a SIM and plan for the device, like they would for a second phone line. The watches and the main phone would not be connected and operate independently with two phone numbers, two plans -- two data, voice, messaging allotments.

 

  Again, Apple does not appear to allow that type of functionality for their Apple Watches. As FidoNick mentioned in the solution above, you can connect your Apple Watch to your iPhone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi but not the cellular networks.

 

Hope this helps 😀

 

Cheers

 

 



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Re: Smartwatch. Shared plan.

OK, so WHICH smart watches do you support?  This is not clear from the thread.  The Apple Watch 3 series has a cellular version.  If this takes a SIM card, wouldn't it work? 

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Hello again,

 

  There isn't a list of supported smartwatches as the plans are not officially intended for smartwatch usage. However, some people have successfully been able to purchase the SIMs and utilise their smartwatches as independent devices. That said, the devices would have to be non-Apple watches. As mentioned in my earlier post, Apple does not appear to allow the Apple Watch to operate as a standalone device.

 

Hope this helps 😀

 

Cheers

 



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I have a Galaxy watch with an esim. I want a stand alone plan for it. I have 2 lines with Fido now.

Can you activate it?

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Its frustrating that Fido has e-sim technology but wont release apple watch plans. I for one really hope they do so I can use my apple watch cellular option. However if they dont soon i may be forced to switch

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Hi @Cds2

 

To review your plan options, you'll have to reach out to customer service.

 

It's important to note that only select devices are compatible with eSIM. And that we do not support eSIM on non-certified devices.


If you are attempting to activate an eSIM on a non-certified device we can’t guarantee: 

· Comprehensive technical support 

· That all your features will work as intended 

· That we would have specific plans for your device, and leveraging current plans may result in unexpected billing or functionality issues. For example, no voice feature.

 

With that said, you can reach out to customer service here to review your options! Smiley 



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