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Ricky Fernandez

Posted on October 15, 2018 – 10:09

With the arrival of the new Apple Watch LTE , many users finally saw the moment to enter into the freedom of being separated from their iPhone for a few moments of the day. But perhaps it’s not worth the extra expense.

Apple finally found allies to take the reins of the eSIM (in Spain) necessary for the intelligent clock of Californians to operate in our country without any problem. The surprise came when only two operators would take charge of this type of activation, Orange and Vodafone .

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Two large operators with millions of customers are the only ones that allow us to use the Apple Watch Series 3 and 4 LTE anywhere in Spain without being permanently connected to our iPhone.

To do this, we must request the activation of the eSIM. In both companies, the registration costs about 5 euros . If you have a high turnover, the additional cost of eSIM can be free, otherwise you will have to pay a monthly fee.

Migrating to Orange or Vodafone may not be a good idea for savings

Surely many of you don’t have a line to Orange or Vodafone, for whatever reason. One of them will surely be because of the conditions that another operator offers you. If you are currently with one of these two operators that offer the possibility of eSIM you will be happy to pick up the phone, make a call to customer service and request the desired eSIM for your brand new Apple Watch LTE.

The problem is when we belong to another phone company. Resigned to not being able to use Apple Watch LTE, you’ll have compared offers and rates to see which one is closest to your needs. When you’ve found it, you’ll have been surprised to find that the monthly rate is much higher than what you’re paying on your current operator, and probably with lower terms.

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This will surely have happened to you if you belong to any MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), of which they offer very good conditions for a more attractive price. In addition to a more efficient technical service in a single call (and for free) and fewer billing problems. Vodafone usually charges for some of its services.

O2 from Movistar or Yoigo from MásMóvil , offer rates with more data and unlimited calls for a lower price . Something to keep in mind if we don’t want our bill to be an unnecessary expense “just” for enjoying the LTE experience on our Apple Watch.

Vodafone offers 25 GB for 50 euros

One of the proposals of Vodafone to contract a mobile tariff, is the M and L Network. If we want to make a comparison with the MVNOs we will have to request the non-permanent version, of which the price is increased. The closed price for 12 GB and unlimited calls is up to 39 Euros. If we want 25 GB per month, we would pay 49 Euros (without permanence).

It’s true that Vodafone offers a number of bonuses that will help save data if we’re using WhatsApp or watching videos on YouTube, but we’ll have to do an extra hiring and be very sure which services are included to avoid consuming that data. In addition to the activation of the eSIM itself.

French Orange almost equals Vodafone

Traditional operators: Orange

Orange is another of the two operators that have worked with Apple to offer the eSIM for the Apple Watch. If we want to do a migration with them coming from O2 or Yoigo, the price difference is really noticeable.

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The Go Up tariff offers us the same features as the Vodafone Red XL tariff, although somewhat cheaper, . Of course it offers us the possibility of applying for a multiSIM and does not oblige us to fulfil a commitment of permanence if we do not acquire a terminal with some subsidy.

O2 a dangerous rival with a view to eSIM

One of the last to arrive is O2, the subsidiary of Movistar with Pedro Serrahima at the helm. After the success of Pepephone, Pedro made a very interesting move for this new operator with affordable prices offering 20GB of data , SMS and unlimited calls for a cost of 20 euros (price including VAT).

O2 also offers a combination of fibre and mobile , depending on the area where we reside it will have a cost or another. Currently, the tariff outside non-regulated areas is the most expensive, currently costing 58 euros at most (fibre and mobile).

The latest information talks about the adoption of the eSIM soon , so if all goes well, we will have a tough competitor offering the possibility to use our Apple Watch LTE with O2.

Yoigo is strong, but without short term views of an eSIM

Yoigo is another strong operator with aggressive offers. The purple operator belongs to the MásMóvil group. Yoigo is interesting (apart from its rates) because it offers the possibility of connecting to several other operators’ networks when its own is weak.

In addition to the “SinFin” tariff with 25 GB of data and unlimited calls for about 32 Euros for new registrations (25.60 Euros for 6 months). They also offer a unique convergent offer in the market with fibre optics, data and unlimited calls for 99 euros . They also offer the possibility of adding other lines at a very low cost. Of course, they also have others with lower costs and conditions.

Although rumours about the implementation of the eSIM in the MásMóvil group may be near , there is no official information about it. We also did not get an answer when we asked the press department if Yoigo could be one of the beneficiaries of this.

The Apple Watch in its WiFi version

We don’t necessarily have to be tied to our iPhone permanently to stay connected. The Apple Watch is capable of connecting to the Internet with a pre-registered WiFi signal . Even if our iPhone is turned off or out of range.

To get the most out of the LTE version, we could think of a type of user who practices sports on a permanent basis and perhaps the iPhone is a nuisance to carry attached to the arm or some accessory for it. Of course, with the WiFi version we can also do the same, but in case of an accident, we won’t be able to notify a family member or the emergency services themselves.

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The battery in the LTE version is also a big drawback at the moment, a decent battery life has not yet been achieved for the Apple Watch LTE , at least if we are going to use it for several hours. Its consumption is somewhat high, something that will surely be corrected in future generations.

So that’s what you’re thinking about buying the new Apple Watch, seriously assess the additional monthly cost to see if it’s worth it economically, both in the purchase of the watch and in the rates currently offered.

Which version of Apple Watch do you prefer? Would you change operators even pay more to have this version? Which company are you currently with?

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