Despite launching with support for LTE connectivity, the Apple Watch Series 3 will be limited on T-Mobile’s network. Discovered in the fine print on the carrier’s website—and later confirmed by a company rep—the new wearable will be throttled to 512kbps, which is essentially 3G speeds.
In a statement to The Verge, a T-Mobile spokesperson revealed how customers can go about attaining LTE speeds through its network using the Apple Watch.
“Customers can do everything they want to do with the watch at 512kbps,” The Verge was told by T-Mobile. “If customers feel they need high-speed data, they can choose high-speed data with paired DIGITS for $20 with autopay.”
That’s twice the cost customers will pay on competing carriers, which charge $10 for customers to add the Apple Watch to their existing plan. To be fair, the other carriers have yet to say whether the Apple Watch’s LTE speeds will be throttled, so it’s possible T-Mobile won’t be the only one.
In order to stay connected and stream music, a 512kbps connection should be enough; it’s not like you’ll be using the Apple Watch to stream videos. But it’s still unfortunate T-Mobile has decided to charge $20 to fully take advantage of the wearable’s LTE connection.
The Apple Watch Series 3 with support for LTE is currently available for $399. If you don’t want a cellular connection, pricing for the Series 3 starts at $329.
UPDATE: T-Mobile has reversed its decision.