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  1. CHenry

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    I'm looking at getting a smart watch for my motorola Z smartphone so I can read text or answer calls via bluetooth link without activating the watch. However if I ever wanted to activate it as a second device, I want that option. I found one that looks very high quality but I've read that its a verizon watch for that network. So can I still ue all the function via bluetooth on my at&t smartphone? Heres the link
     
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    Depends on if it has a removable sim card. ATT will put in a universal sim if it has that option

    But it may be like the apple watch and have a built in sim, while it can be unlocked and used on another network, the sim cant be changed.
     
  3. CHenry

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    did you even read the product specifics in the link? Do I need a sim just to connect with bluetooth and use it?
     
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    BobbyV What do you mean, you people?

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    On the watches with their own SIM I believe AT&T will let you add it to your plan for like $10/month. My wife and daughters all have Apple watches without the SIM so I don't know if you can connect via bluetooth alone and not activate it or not.
     
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    BobbyV What do you mean, you people?

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    You shouldn't need a SIM activated to connect via bluetooth as far as I know . . .
     
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    No, you wouldn't need a SIM card for a Bluetooth connection. AFAIK, the current-gen smartwatches all use eSIMs anyway, as they're a bit small for a SIM card tray.

    I haven't looked at that particular product, but if it's Verizon only, you may not have the option of getting it added to your AT&T account later, as some Verizon-only (and Sprint-only) devices are CDMA, which can't interoperate with the networks used by AT&T, T-Mobile, and others. I would be surprised if that were the case for any cellular-capable smartwatch, which are normally LTE-enabled (which works on all of the major carriers' networks).

    ETA: After looking at the Amazon page, they state that the watch is Verizon-only, so you'd need a Verizon plan to use its cellular capability. If you don't care about the cellular capability, I'd suggest saving some money and buying a smartwatch without the cellular radio. If you don't want to be locked into Verizon, you'll have to look for another watch.
     
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    FWIW, FakeSpot analyzes reviews to see how "real" they are (i.e, how many of the reviews are fakes). Here's what they have to say about the Amazon reviews of that watch:
    https://www.fakespot.com/product/ti...rs-available-from-august-only-available-in-us

    I can't say that I've ever heard of Ticwatch myself, which isn't terribly shocking, as I don't keep up with anything Android, but if they were a major player, I would most likely have at least heard their name mentioned.

    Also FWIW, people I respect trust the Wirecutter for reviews of technology (even if they did get bought by The NY Times). Here's what they're saying about Android smartwatches:
    https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-smartwatch-android/
     
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    I'm not much into gadgets but that's a neat watch.
     
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    Perfect, that's what I'm looking for and I have gathered the same from reviews just wanted to hear someone who wasn't a possible fake review writer say it.
    Thanks. I ordered it
     
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