Despite launching with support for LTE connectivity, the Apple Watch Series 3 will be limited on T-Mobileâ€™s network. Discovered in the fine print on the carrierâ€™s websiteâ€”and later confirmed by a company repâ€”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.
â€œCustomers can do everything they want to do with the watch at 512kbps,â€ The Verge was told by T-Mobile. â€œIf customers feel they need high-speed data, they can choose high-speed data with paired DIGITS for $20 with autopay.â€
Thatâ€™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 Watchâ€™s LTE speeds will be throttled, so itâ€™s possible T-Mobile wonâ€™t be the only one.
In order to stay connected and stream music, a 512kbps connection should be enough; itâ€™s not like youâ€™ll be using the Apple Watch to stream videos. But itâ€™s still unfortunate T-Mobile has decided to charge $20 to fully take advantage of the wearableâ€™s LTE connection.
The Apple Watch Series 3 with support for LTE is currently available for $399. If you donâ€™t want a cellular connection, pricing for the Series 3 starts at $329.
UPDATE: T-Mobile has reversed its decision.