When will the LTE version of the Galaxy Watch be available?
MJDuma
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When is Verizon getting the LTE enabled version of the new Samsung Galaxy Watch?

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BADBOYMIKE2020

Seriously,  We would like to know. When I reached out to a rep, they stated: "We are currently working on a special promotion for the watch." That's all the info i got.

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cchrisgates
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I spent a great deal of time in this forum about 2 years ago. When the Gear S3 was released I waited (not so patiently) for the Verizon version. It was release around Thanksgiving and verizon did not get it until about June the next year. I gave up waiting in February and got the T-Mobile version. It works well, although the call forwarding gets a bit clunky. I will not wait as long this time. I am holding out hope for the Verizon version (it's just simpler), but I will not wait 3 months like I did last time. I get benefits with T-Mobile which is nice: Free internet on planes, just got hooked up with Pandora free for a year, other free stuff throughout the year. Give us a date. Please. How about an era. Anything. Please.

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BADBOYMIKE2020

The tmobile LTE worked with a verizon smartphone?

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JOG0277
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It depends if the device was designed from the Manufacturer to work on Both T-Mobile/GSM Network and Verizon/CDMA Network (which most newer smartwatches are).   I have the LG Watch Sport, and my watch is compatible with both Netwotks.  AT&T and T-mobile are both GSM Network devices and according to this Thread a T-mobile LTE Smartwatch cannot be used on the Verizon Network.

Can I Activate An AT&T Samsung Gear S3 LTE On Verizon?

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cchrisgates
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Yes. The T-Mobile works with a Verizon phone. I have a line with T-mobile (~15/mo.) and I have my normal phone plan with Verizon. The calling feature is really just a call forward. It does not seem to be as seamless as it would be if both devices were on the same network, but it has been great. Verizon must not be getting it for awhile or they would be giving us some hope. It looks like the best option again is T-mobile. Which I do appreciate the free WiFi on Alaska Airlines (I travel every week, so this is a huge cost savings) plus with T-Mobile Tuesdays, they offer all kinds of free stuff. Last week was Pandora unlimited free for one year. Sometimes its MLB online free, or free Papa Johns Pizza. I would prefer the convenience of one carrier, but I also want the new Galaxy Watch.

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gvanmeter81
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No, it doesn't... I tried...took 3 days to figure out. I'm returning it tomorrow.

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sccarlin
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Sure. You need Gear Manager app running on the phone, but texts and notifications ns come through. And you can create and reply to texts as if from the main phone. I used a t-mobile S3 with my VZW Galaxy S8 for mi tgs until VZW came out with an S3. The only hiccup us call forwarding is kind of clunky, but it works.

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vchat
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Yes, i remember that fiasco with the Frontier S3 almost two years ago.  I too got tired of waiting for Verizon to release it, so i purchased it from T-mobile.  Everything is working out fine, i just forward my verizon number to the t-moble s3 watch...Plus i read the new version called the Frontier Galaxy watch has lost some of functionality...so i will not be upgrading...

I am not upgrading any of my devices until the 5g network is completed and operating in my location.  Why purchase a new 4g capable device when 5g is just around the corner....

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gvanmeter81
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No, the new Galaxy Watch does not work on TMobile as a standalone device without having a T-Mobile voice plan. I know because I just bought one and found out the hard way. Gear S3 may work, but not the new Galaxy Watch. TMobile also told me that this watch was unable to be unlocked.

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Tidbits
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Actually all watches are unlocked. All the galaxy S and watch are.  The problem is how Samsung did the sims software. It's just easier to say they are locked than to explain the software.

It does work as a standalone device but you need a phone to activate the sim on your specific network.

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RYAHAY50
Enthusiast - Level 2

I am also waiting on the answer to this. Moving from the iPhone X and Apple Watch to the Note 9 and Galaxy Watch (if and when it ever arrives on Verizon). I won't wait long.

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MercuryPower
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a Verizon rep at best buy told me that best buy is suppose to start receiving it in october. (i discovered this while trying to activate the lte unlocked galaxy watch on verizon's network that bestbuy sells, it didn't work btw)

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thegman4ever
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To all,   If you are a Samsung fan, my suggestion is to move to T-Mobile (i am working on that now)   T-mobile always has the newest Samsung stuff right away, and no need to wait for months for Verizon to decide that they can make money off it and start to offer it.

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JOG0277
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I Agree with you100 %

Verizon has 2 Main Issues Right Now (in reference to it's mobile devices). #1- Their Verizon Message Plus App is no longer compatible with Google Smartwatch Software.  Which means if you have an Android Smartwatch, the Verizon App won't work on it.  #2 - Verizon has disabled Integrated Calling.  Which means; If you have an LTE Smartwatch or Tablet, you can't make any calls on either device as "A Stand Alone Device".

These issues have been a Verizon problem since April of 2018.  I finally got tired of waiting for Verizon to fix them.  I did some research and found a Message App called "Pulse".  It's compatible with Android Watch Software and it can be used in conjunction with the Verizon Message App on your phone.  I use this App to sync my text messages between my Verizon phone and my LG Watch Sport Smartwatch.  This App works great, but there's a $1 monthly fee to use the App.  Next I went to T-mobile and got a T-mobile SIM Card installed in my Smartwatch.  T-mobile charges me $15 per month for the phone line (Ugh!!).  But it's nice to be able to use my watch again as a  "Stand Alone Device".  Unless Verizon corrects these issues soon...T-mobile will continue to steal away your customers...No wonder T-mobile is the fastest growing mobile company!!...Verizon Beware!!

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JOG0277
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I wouldn't recommend buying any LTE Enabled Smartwatch and trying to connect it to the Verizon Network.  That's because Verizon mysteriously disabled the feature that allows the device to connect to their network, (this feature is called Integrated Calling).  What this means is, you will NOT be able to make phone calls from your smartwatch as a Stand Alone device.  It makes no sense to spend upwards of $350 on a smartwatch that can't connect to the network.  I would wait until Verizon enables this feature (not sure if they ever will)  before I consider buying an LTE smartwatch.

Was Integrated Calling Disabled so that Verizon could establish 5G?

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RYAHAY50
Enthusiast - Level 2

Not sure what you are talking about here. You can do this now with an Apple Watch. It works great.

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RYAHAY50
Enthusiast - Level 2

Unless you are saying standalone, meaning without first connecting it to a Verizon phone?

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JOG0277
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Yes...I'm stating as a  "Stand Alone Device" ...meaning, a device that can make calls without being connected to a phone.....Currently, LTE Smartwatches can still make calls if connected to a phone via Bluetooth, but they can NO-LONGER make phone calls as a "Stand Alone" device, because Verizon disabled the Integrated Calling feature....This disabled feature affects ALL LTE Smartwatches on the Verizon Network ( IE: LG Watch Sport, Apple Watch 3, Samsung Gear S3)... See attached Link for more Info.

Was Integrated Calling Disabled so that Verizon could establish 5G?

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DAVEKD7KXE
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You are WRONG!!!

I STILL CURRENTLY have 2 Samsung Gear S2s connected to Verizon. They both have thier OWN number, and can make/receive calls with phone at home and watch with me elsewhere.

My actual phone I can enable or dissable after 3 rings, it transfers to my watch, done through either the Gear app or through Verizon (so when done Verizon automatically either transfers the call after 3 rings, or after however many rings sends them to voice mail). If the watch and phone are together my watch goes off immediately, but if I don't answer, and I have forwarding turned on my watch will go off yet again.

A buddy of mine just bought a NEW Gear S3, after me telling him not to buy a "used of any kind" cause the esim will be "retired" (non-functional) to Verizon making it just a Bluetooth watch (he did and it went down like I said, luckily he got his $ back), and it is now connected to Verizon. His Gear S3 is a "share number".

So there is no forwarding, but if he leaves his phone at home, his watch can make and receive calls, and get texts to his watch if away from the phone. My S2 will get texts to my phone, if phone is around. However, if someone wants to text me and my phone isn't around, they have to text my watches number.

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JOG0277
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Actually, I am RIGHT!!...And your are Mistaken...

#1 - Samsung Smartwatches ARE NOT Android Smartwatches.  Samsung uses their own Smart watch technology called "Tizen" (feel free to Google it).  The Verizon Message App is compatible with Samsung's Tizen Software and It is also compatible with Apple Smartwatch Software, but it isn't compatible with Android Smartwatch Software.  #2 - Even though the Verizon App is compatible with Samsung Tizen Software, you still CANNOT make any phone calls from your watch as A Stand Alone Device, because Verizon disabled their Integrated Calling Feature.  However,  you can still make calls if your watch is connected to your phone via Bluetooth.  If you go back to my 1st comment and click on the attached link you will see The Verizon Rep confirming that the feature is disabled.  There are also plenty of Topics on this site involving Samsung Smart watch users who can't make calls on their watch as a Stand Alone Device because the feature is disabled....Feel Free to Research It

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