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    Default Will Gear S Require Separate Calling Plan?

    How does it work when the watch has its own SIM card?

    Really like the new curved design but don't want to pay for another calling plan. Have my phone with me most of the time any way but it would great to leave it at home when I go for a run or to the gym.
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    Default Re: Will Gear S Require Separate Calling Plan?

    I have the same question - how will it work with my current plan (or will it at all)? Will I need a separate sim or do I use the one in my phone (which would not be convenient since my sim is behind the back cover of my phone)? Can I use it without connecting it to the network at all, or will it be sold tied to a contract? Really curious how all of this will play out, especially with the announcement that it will include Nike+.

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    FWIW, they did have some discussion about this in this week's podcast - it's still not clear how exactly this will work though. We should find out soon enough though! Going to be a great week!

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    The sim card on the S5 or other phones seems to be a bit big to fit in the sim slot of the Gear S, so a separate smaller sim card (a nano sim card) is needed. Since all incoming calls will be call forwarded from the main phone, perhaps we don't need a separate phone number, or even a separate calling plan? We will find out soon.
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    This is precisely the thing that will guarantee I won't get it. If It requires a SIM Card and I have to spend an additional 10 or 15 dollars a month to use it. It is a immediate no start for me. The sad part is I see ATT trying to do that just like they add tabs for $10. If the SIM isn't required it may not be that bad. Time will tell though
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    I'd be surprised if the carriers didn't require an additional calling plan. If some customers are willing to pay for a separate line for tablets, other customers may do the same for a stand alone smartwatch. Those who are unwilling to pay can use it for bluetooth - wifi connection.
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    A SIM card, by definition, is a separate line or account. Given it is dual-band GSM 2g/3g only, it can only be used on limited carriers. For example, in US, the only carrier fits the spec is AT&T.

    I suspect the sim card part is optional. Without it, the Gear S can still connect to your existing smartphone with Bluetooth or wifi.

    But with the dedicated SIM card, you can go out without bring your phone with you (of course, ppl have to reach you on a different phone number).
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxbat121 View Post
    A SIM card, by definition, is a separate line or account. Given it is dual-band GSM 2g/3g only, it can only be used on limited carriers. For example, in US, the only carrier fits the spec is AT&T.

    I suspect the sim card part is optional. Without it, the Gear S can still connect to your existing smartphone with Bluetooth or wifi.

    But with the dedicated SIM card, you can go out without bring your phone with you (of course, ppl have to reach you on a different phone number).
    Thanks for the explanation. I may have to switch from TMobile to AT&T to use the device as a standalone. If 2 separate sim cards are needed, I would think a new number is needed, which makes sense why Samsung promote the call forwarding feature, so all calls to the original or first number are forwarded to the new device with the new or 2nd number. If so, does that mean all calls made from the device would show up with the new number?
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    I don't see why you would have to switch feom tmo to at&t when this device with be carried by the major providers. I have sprint and I can bet they will have sim cards for this. I wish samsumg would put out full detailed information on this watch instead of the heart monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riceastwood View Post
    I don't see why you would have to switch feom tmo to at&t when this device with be carried by the major providers. I have sprint and I can bet they will have sim cards for this. I wish samsumg would put out full detailed information on this watch instead of the heart monitor.

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    So far, only two GSM models announced. The one for US only contains 850/1900 bands which works for AT&T but not for T-Mobile as T-Mobile uses 1700 and 2100 for 3G in many places.

    There is no CDMA versions announced yet. I doubt carriers are that interested to subsidize watches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxbat121 View Post
    So far, only two GSM models announced. The one for US only contains 850/1900 bands which works for AT&T but not for T-Mobile as T-Mobile uses 1700 and 2100 for 3G in many places.

    There is no CDMA versions announced yet. I doubt carriers are that interested to subsidize watches.
    That sucks. I have Sprint and I am not thinking of switching carries just fir a watch lol. It would be nice to have and leave the phone home when making a short run but if I deal with it now later won't make a difference. But for the explanation.

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    Hey guys, I was wondering about the set up. So they have mentioned to start it up you need to use a Samsung phone (I believe its S3 and above) but then after that you have complete freedom. I don't really get that. Does that mean, in theory, that I could use my friends s4 (I have the nexus 5) to set it up and then afterwards pair it to my nexus to forward through the calls and texts with Bluetooth?
    Replying to your original question. I had this issue too. I'm from Australia so I know they will not develop and Sim plans to support this... Unless perhaps apple did. (Apple says jump, we will do it). But I don't think that takes away from samsungs genius. They invented a product that virtually nobody can accommodate for yet, I just give them credits for that.
    But to get past the annoyance of not being able to have 2 Sims with the same number I though logically about it. I will always have my phone on me with this watch so I can just use Bluetooth. Downside, battery. But for the times when I don't want to bring my phone specifically I can switch the Sim out. It will have to do until the world learns to keep up with Samsung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riceastwood View Post
    That sucks. I have Sprint and I am not thinking of switching carries just fir a watch lol. It would be nice to have and leave the phone home when making a short run but if I deal with it now later won't make a difference. But for the explanation.

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    That's the biggest difference between GSM carrier and CDMA carrier. With GSM carrier, you can use any GSM phone you can find as long as it supports the specific bands. Not so with CDMA, you MUST use the carrier branded phone. No exceptions (well except for Nexus 5 on Sprint which is a special cooperation between Google and Sprint). In order to use a CDMA phone on your carrier, its ESN must be in your carrier's database. The only way to get the ESN into the carrier's database is through carrier branding.
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    Here's a new article that all 4 major U.S. carriers will have it by this fall. I have T-Mobile, so they will carry a CDMA version of the Gear S?

    http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/23/s...=rss_truncated

    ETA: AT&T will have it available this Friday, 9/26, with 4G on display.

    http://www.att.com/devices/samsung/g...id=PKZsag-ZS9D
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    Quote Originally Posted by riceastwood View Post
    That sucks. I have Sprint and I am not thinking of switching carries just fir a watch lol. It would be nice to have and leave the phone home when making a short run but if I deal with it now later won't make a difference. But for the explanation.

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    Same hear, I am with Tmobile, and I am tickled pink with my unlimited plan..My plan with other carriers I am sure would be 20% or more..Not leaving Tmobile..

    Still getting it, and will be using it with my Note 4..

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    I went to Best Buy today and they told me that I could use it the way I have my Galaxy Gear or I can use the SIM card option and have it hooked to my cellular account for a monthly fee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_fan View Post
    I went to Best Buy today and they told me that I could use it the way I have my Galaxy Gear or I can use the SIM card option and have it hooked to my cellular account for a monthly fee.
    He/she is correct. The Gear S can be connected via bluetooth like the Galaxy Gear or Gear 2, with no plan needed, but if you want standalone, a SIM card is needed, thus the $10-$20 extra per month on top of your existing plan. I actually like that there are 2 options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_fan View Post
    I went to Best Buy today and they told me that I could use it the way I have my Galaxy Gear or I can use the SIM card option and have it hooked to my cellular account for a monthly fee.
    Wait a second...you didn't see the watch there, did you?
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    Just did some work at a Best Buy and was told you wouldn't have to get a separate plan for the watch. It was a general statement but he made it seem somehow using your existing plan without extra cost per month. I'm skeptical but still interested in the watch. Bluetooth would be enough for me. I'll just start asking questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninja_unmatched View Post
    Just did some work at a Best Buy and was told you wouldn't have to get a separate plan for the watch. It was a general statement but he made it seem somehow using your existing plan without extra cost per month. I'm skeptical but still interested in the watch. Bluetooth would be enough for me. I'll just start asking questions.
    Did you see the watch at Best Buy?
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    No but they did have the watch with the round face. They just couldn't do anything with them yet. They did have the Note 4 on display. I gotta say it looks nice. I like the silver lining & it is thinner. I think the design will look better in black than white. The only had the white one one display. They also had the Galaxy Alpha on display. An all metal (unsure what material but you will get what I mean) design.
    They also had a new bluetooth headset by Samsung called the Galaxy Circle. They look cool. I didn't have time to see how they sound so but the ear bud style had an oval type shape that made them fit better in my ear. (Yeah I tried them on.) They had no idea of its price either.
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    Gotcha. You must be talking about the Moto 360. Yeah...I called my local Best Buy and they are thinking at least another week or so before they get a display model.
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    Gsxr151. I know you and Iare dying to know when and at what price, so I just got off the phone with Samsung. No info is available yet, although the rep did speculate in about 2 weeks at the earliest, so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammuel1973 View Post
    Gsxr151. I know you and Iare dying to know when and at what price, so I just got off the phone with Samsung. No info is available yet, although the rep did speculate in about 2 weeks at the earliest, so...
    Thanks for the heads up!
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    Ugh! Waiting on a price for this. Smadtwatch Forums is rumoring $400, which will kill this watch for me
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