What Apple Watch Cellular Plans Cost on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile & More (Updated for Apple Watch 5)

Like the Series 4, the Apple Watch Series 5 has a cellular model that allows you to place calls, check email, and stream music without your iPhone. You will, of course, still have to own an iPhone and pay for an iPhone cellular plan. But owning the cellular Apple Watch means you’ll also need to add the cost of an Apple Watch data plan to your current bill. The question is, how much will the Apple Watch wireless plans cost on each network? Here’s how much an Apple Watch cellular plan for the Series 4 and 5 will cost you on AT&T, Appalachian, C Spire, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Xfinity, and US Cellular, which are the only carriers currently supported for Apple Watch in the United States.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About the New Apple Watch Series 3 & watchOS 4

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How Much Does the Apple Watch Series 5 Cost?

The cellular model of the Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $499 for the 40 mm watch with an Aluminum case. The 40 mm Apple Watch Series 5 without cellular costs $399, for comparison.  

Cost of Apple Watch Cellular Plans

It appears the currently supported carriers for the Apple Watch are very nearly a united front on the price: at least $10 a month to add your wearable. The one exception is U.S. Cellular, who cut that price in half: $4.99 per month and the first three months free! Why U.S. Cellular can afford to undercut the competition when everyone else is offering a fixed price, I don't know, but it's a sweet deal for U.S. Cellular customers. For everyone else, as long as $120 a year is worth it for you and your budget, it’s incredible to have an Apple Watch that can go iPhone free.

AT&T Apple Watch Plan

Buried in the fine print at the bottom of the AT&T site the company says it will charge you "as low as" $10 per month to add an Apple Watch to your cellular plan, but only the following three plans can add an Apple Watch:

If you have any other plan, you'll need to switch to one of these. The AT&T website is a labyrinth, but you can read about those plans at the links above.

Appalachian Apple Watch Plan

It only costs $10 a month to add a cellular Apple Watch to your Mix-and-Match, Unlimited, or Appalachian Advantage iPhone plans.  

C Spire Apple Watch Cellular

C Spire is right upfront about how much it will cost to add an Apple Watch to your data plan; the first three months of service are free, $10 a month thereafter. C Spire also offers a useful summary of how the cellular service on an Apple Watch works and how to set it up. 

Sprint Bill for Apple Watch 4

Sprint makes things a little easier than AT&T, but that's not a high bar. Any Sprint customer with eligible iPhone can add what Sprint calls an Unlimited Apple Watch Plan for $15 a month, with a $5 autopay discount, so it comes out to $10 per month.

T-Mobile Apple Watch Plan

I couldn't find plan details on the T-Mobile website, so I had to give them a call. T-Mobile has greatly simplified its options since the last Apple Watch release. It now costs $10 per month to add your Apple Watch cellular option to the Magenta, Magenta Plus, or Essentials plans.

U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular is new to the game and mixing things up. If you have an unlimited plan, there is no additional charge to add an Apple Watch. On any other plan, you get the first three months free, and it's only $4.99 per month after that, making U.S. Cellular the best Apple Watch carrier in terms of price. 

Verizon Apple Watch Plan

Verizon was confusing. After calling a sales rep, I learned that it costs $10 per month to add an Apple Watch to one of their plans, and that all of Verizon's current plans offer Apple Watch additions, but some customers may have an older plan that doesn't allow it. Those customers with old plans would have to update. Be aware that the website says "attached devices" may be as low as $5 per month, but that does not mean Apple Watches; it refers to other devices like the Gizmo watch.

Xfinity Mobile

Xfinity now offers Apple Watch plans at $10 per month, with the fee waived for the first ninety days. The pricing info and contract terms were nice and up-front, just visit the linked page and click the Pricing and Info link. 

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