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Apple Watch question

I am considering getting an Apple Watch to track my activity. I have this question – – since an Apple Watch can also receive phone calls in lieu of using your iPhone, is it complicated to turn off data so that calls will not come in and use data while I’m in Europe?

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Thanks. Wasn’t sure what the options were with an Apple Watch.

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The cellular version of the watch is another $100 and requires adding an additional line with your carrier.

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Aha. Did not know that. So my question about avoiding cellular data will be moot since I don’t plan to purchase a cellular version.

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I think the better statement is that the Apple watch can receive phone calls when it is in contact/range of your iphone. Assume it does via bluetooth. So if your iphone is turned off your watch will not receive anything. I answer on my watch all time when I am home and the watch doesn't have an additional line.

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Aha. Did not know that. So my question about avoiding cellular data will be moot since I don’t plan to purchase a cellular version.

EDITORIALLY SPEAKING: Since 1992, ALL of my tech is Apple.

You don't need the cellular version to get phone calls om the Watch as along as your iPhone is within Bluetooth range.

I am considering getting an Apple Watch to track my activity.

The thing is a remarkable piece of tech and I REALLY like my Apple Watch but, like my iPhone, I use maybe 10% of its highly refined technologies and advanced capabilities. Spend a few hours watching all the Apple promotional materials and user video clips you can tolerate. Read the reviews. But, hey, if you don't need the phone interface and the seamless integration with all those super-cool iOS apps, the Apple Watch is obscenely expensive compared to other, perhaps less advanced wearables.

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Putting your watch in airplane mode, as a poster above suggested, will do the trick.

Posted by
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Like others have mentioned, super easy. Swipe up, hit airplane icon.

If you have the cellular version you can turn off cellular and keep wifi on or wifi off and keep cellular on as well.

Also, you aren’t required to pay for a cellular plan with the cellular version, you simply won’t have cellular access if you don’t and the other features work the same as the non cellular version.

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Shannon, how do you just turn the cellular off?

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Shannon, how do you just turn the cellular off?

If you have the cellular version of Apple Watch, swipe up, deactivate the radios. If you do not have the cellular version of the Watch, you control your phone's radios on the phone itself.

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bogiesan, thanks. I’ve never turned off my cellular because I haven’t been out of the country since I got it a year ago. Now, thanks to you, I know how to do it.

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