If you use an Apple Watch, you need to plan ahead for how you want to connect. Some people might decide to stick to the GPS+ Wi-Fi model, or the GPS + Cellular version. But you have to use the same mobile service plan as your paired iPhone.
The Apple Watch does not just work with any service provider. Apple has a selected list of carriers for the Apple Watch. But people living in the United States have more options to choose from.
If you are a Straight Talk user, you are probably hoping to keep your account and be able to add your Apple Watch to it. Straight Talk Wireless is an alternative carrier, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), that offers prepaid wireless service through partnership with TracFone and Walmart. Straight Talk supports both CDMA and GSM devices.
But the question is, is Straight Talk a compatible carrier for the Apple Watch? Let’s find out!
Can you use Apple Watch Straight Talk?
Straight Talk does not support Apple Watch. But If you use Straight Talk as a phone provider, you can connect your watch and use it with Apple Watch. You have to carry your phone with you at all times because the watch will not work independently with Straight Talk.
You have to use the same plan on the paired phone on the Apple Watch, you will need to make the switch in order to use cellular on your Apple Watch.
Why is Straight Talk not a carrier for the Apple Watch?
Apple partners with a selected list of carriers, Straight Talk is not one of them. If you use Straight Talk as your carrier on your phone, you will have to pair the iPhone with your Apple Watch and carry it with you at all times so you can use its Bluetooth connection. Straight Talk can be used on Apple Watch Independently.
Apple only partners with major carriers, such as Verizon, Spectrum, and AT&T. others include;
- AT&T (Supports Family Setup).
- Carolina West Wireless.
- C Spire (Supports Family Setup).
- Sprint, now part of T-Mobile (Supports Family Setup).
- T-Mobile USA (Supports Family Setup).
- US Cellular (Supports Family Setup).
- Verizon Wireless (Supports Family Setup).
- Xfinity Mobile.
Many of these carriers also support The Family Setup plan if you want to use that.
Smaller carriers and subsidiaries like Straight Talk, which is a subsidiary of TracFone Wireless, have not yet partnered with Apple to work as carriers for the Apple Watch.
Use the Apple Watch without a cellular plan
Any Apple Watch you buy whether it is the GPS + Wi-Fi only or the GPS + cellular, you can connect it to your iPhone.
If you have your iPhone within range (somewhere around 33 feet), Bluetooth will serve as the default connection type. But you can also switch over to WIFI if there is a connection available.
You can also use Bluetooth to pair all of your Bluetooth-capable devices to the Apple Watch, such as your headphones .
Here’s how to pair your Bluetooth Accessory:
- Switch the accessory into pairing mode, follow the pairing instructions.
- Go to Apple Watch, select Settings then Bluetooth.
- Apple Watch will be prompted to search for all nearby Bluetooth accessories.
- Select your Bluetooth accessory when it appears in the search result.
- Enter your passcode to finish pairing, if prompted.
You can also use Wi-Fi, ensure you have a solid connection
- Go to Apple Watch and select settings.
- Tap on Wi-Fi and allow the watch to automatically search for networks.
- Select the network name when you see it.
- You might be asked to enter the password, use the Apple Watch keyboard.
- Click on Join.
If you cannot buy a cellular plan on your Apple Watch, stick to using just Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connected to your phone.
To use Straight Talk for your iPhone consider getting the standard GPS + Wi-Fi only version of the Apple Watch and save yourself a few hundreds.
Before you go…
It is unfortunate that only a handful of carriers can be used on Apple Watch. But, for Apple Watch Straight Talk collabo, you have to use your iPhone paired to the Apple Watch.
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