Well after speaking with a few reps... it looks like it is a CDMA compatibility issue between the watches and the network. Unofficial word is "possibly available next year" when I asked about compatibility timelines. That settles it for me. I am going to go unbox my bluetooth S3 and just press on. Maybe I will upgrade next year. Good luck everyone!
Well I tried emailing some people who write articles on wearable tech and the one who did respond back to me, said they had reached out to Verizon and had yet to hear anything back from them. They said some stores had a small stock of the bluetooth version but the numbers were so small, it wasn't worth mentioning.
T-MOBILE WEARABLE PLAN-OUT THE DOOR FOR $32 PER MONTH!!!! WE ARE GETTING TIRED OF WAITING FOR AN ANSWER! TICK TOCK IT'S TIME TO ROCK OVER TO T-MOBILE!
At this point, it's rather apparent that Verizon could really care less about any of us leaving, which is sad. Some very long, loyal customers will be walking out the door. Sure you'll get the typical response of, boy we'd hate to see you leave, but in the end it doesn't matter either way to them. So don't bother with your threats to leave, just do it.
I am a firm believer that until I see it with my own eyes I won't believe it; however, I just finished a chat with a Samsung Representative and this rep did confirm that Samsung is currently manufacturing a model for Sprint and Verizon and Verizon will offer the Gear S3 with an expected availability date by the end of January, price tbd. I am one of those that jumped the band wagon and opened up an account with T-Mobile for the Gear S3 while keeping my Verizon account. I have not had any issues with the exception that while I do not have my cell with me, I do not get text messages that are sent to my Verizon number. I do receive my calls on the watch via call forwarding and I do receive my emails. However, I do not receive any other notifications from any of my apps. Any calls I make or texts I send from my watch come from my t-mobile number and are not synced with my Verizon number. Due to this I am highly contemplating the purpose of having a separate line just for my watch. To keep things in sync, I might as well just use the BT version or wait to see what Verizon releases. I have lasted this long without the Gear S3, whats another 2 months?!?!
The end of January is rather disappointing. Seems odd that the S2 is out of stock right now with availability in mid December. So maybe the S3 will follow the S2 to market at same time or shortly after. Who knows at this point
Ben - FYI: I have my S7 Edge on TMobile and I have my Gear S2 3G on Verizon and the forwarding works perfectly with no issue. Make sure that you have all the apps alert that you want forwarded enabled on your phone. I'm very happy with my Gear S2. Everything works great including the Samsung Pay. I can't wait to upgrade to S3 once it's available on Verizon. I still have 1 year contract with the S2 line on Verizon so I can't switch to TMobile. In a way, it's good to have a different provider on the smartwatch. If I don't have a signal on my TMobile, I can fall back on the Verizon line on my smartwatch to make a phone call. Hope this helps.
When people send text messages to your phone's cell number, do you receive text notifications on the S2 watch when your phone is not with you? What about when you phone is with you?
Just curious if text notifications also work with the forwarding feature when using different carriers...
Andy - Yes I do get the text messages and other app alerts even without my phone with me. I usually leave my connection between S7 and S2 via bluetooth and once i go away from my phone over 30 feet the forwarding will kick in. On my older phone S6, there are times the forwarding will fail the handshake then i won't get the forwarding notifications. I'll just reboot the phone or smartwatch and it will fix the issue. I just upgraded my phone from S6 to S7 and so far the forwarding is working fine. I was satisfied with the S6 and S2 combination with a different carrier and so far S7 and S2 with the different carrier is working fine. I'm switching to S3 once it's available on Verizon. Again, having a differnt carrier on my smartwatch gives me ability to make calls when there is no tmobile signal in the area.
I could not get my text messages to fwd when I did not have my phone with me. My phone is on vzw and watch is on tm. When my watch is on bt or wifi I have no issues, but when it is on standalone I can only get my calls fwd.