The Watch for Wandering: AppleWatch Series 3

January 5, 2018

Introduction Video 

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

 

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Leave your phone behind yet stay connected through the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS and Cellular.

 

It connects directly to the mobile phone network. Through the watch, you can:

  • Call 911, family or friends for help (or be called), and

  • Let family and friends find you online.

The watch can also send family or friends an alert when you leave or arrive at pre-specified locations like a store, the library or a friend's home. 

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Most carriers require the cellular watch share your SmartPhone telephone number and be treated as an add-on to your existing SmartPhone service plan.  As such, you will need:

An iPhone 6+ or Higher with a voice, text and data services plan (even though you can leave the phone behind)

 

The Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS & Cellular

 

An add-on cellular watch service plan (iPhone number shared with the watch)

 

Apple's free Find-My-Friends App and/or Find-My-iPhone apps.

 

TIP In the United States, some service providers like AT&T offer a standalone service plan with a unique telephone number for the watch.  You do not need an iPhone with it's own cellular service plan if you have access to such a plan.

 

COST 

Costs include the purchase price of the Apple Watch and a cellular service plan for connecting your SmartWatch to the mobile services network. 

 

Typically, this is an add-on plan to an existing mobile service plan for your iPhone, with the Watch using the same telephone number as your iPhone.  

Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular:  $540cdn, $399us

Add-on to mobile services plan:       $10-15cdn or us per month

 

RECOMMENDED APPLE APP OPTIONS

Find My Friends for location sharing and alerts.

Only option to provide location change alerts.

Ideal for sharing location with multiple friends or family members.

 

Find-My-iPhone (find-my-device) for location finding by one person.

Most simple to activate and manage with least impact on battery life.

Has some additional find features but does not provide location change alerts.

Requires access to your iCloud account thus email and items stored on iCloud.

 

Family Sharing to integrate Find My Friends and Find-My-iPhone for support by one or many family members

Offers the unique features of Find-My-iPhone without accessing the individual's iCloud account.  

Cellular service paid for under one group account run by the family "administrator" for the family sharing group.

 

OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

Wireless Charger (ideal on night stand for daily overnight charging)

 

.Other uses such as med reminders, cooking timers, SOS calls if fall.

 

Waterproof bands to wear in the shower (most common place for falls).

 

Don’t have an iPhone 6+ or higher but live in the U.S? Look for standalone cellular watch service plans like the one offered by AT&T for ~$50 per month. No iPhone nor smartphone service plan required.  

CAUTION

 

Track your watch battery status for the first few weeks to see how your usage patterns impact battery life.  Make sure you have a charge that lasts until it's time for bed and overnight re-charging. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Will location finding work if the watch battery has no charge?

No.  When the battery is drained, the watch can no longer transmit a signal so it cannot be tracked.

 

Can I turn 'location sharing' off?

Yes.  You can turn it off from your device or on-line. 

 

Can I be found without getting the cellular service and without being connected to through my iPhone? 

Yes.  Through the GPS feature, one can track an Apple Watch Series 2 or it's replacement, the Apple Watch Series 3 through the Find-My-iPhone app on iCloud.

 

WANT MORE DETAIL?

Go to the guide Safety Tactics for Wandering on The HUB.   There you will find:

More details on the recommended apps, 

 

A requirements checklist to help you decide what app functionality you need to look for to meet your needs, plus

 

More tips & options. 

 

Go to the tech guide Intro to SmartWatches to get Apple Watch product and cost detail, 5 cellular & non-cellular SmartWatch comparisons, and a budget planner.

 

Wishing you all the best, 

Janice

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