Apple Watch Series 3 three-month LTE grace period ends, subscribers begin seeing surprising charges from wireless carriers

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 03:53
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables, wireless

If you’re about to deactivate the LTE service on your Apple Watch Series 3 and then reactivate it later, there might be some fees to consider.

When the device was first launched, carriers in the United States and other countries where the LTE version of the device is available offered three free months of service and waived activation fees.

This three month grace period is now coming to an end, and customers have begun receiving their first LTE bills, which include a $10/month service charge.

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AirPods reportedly sold out in week before Christmas

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2017, 03:48
Category: AirPods, News, retail

It may be harder to find Apple’s AirPods in time for Christmas.

Over on Apple’s online store, the company is now quoting delivery of the units in the first and second weeks of January. As such, you might have to hunt around for the headphones if you want to get them under the Christmas tree for a loved one on the 25th.

Best Buy, Verizon, and Sprint all list early January delivery dates or no availability at all. B&H also shows AirPods as back-ordered. AT&T seems to have some availability for 2-day shipping, but be sure to act fast as that could change within a few minutes.

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iPhone X delivery times improve dramatically, drop to one to three days in some locations

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 03:32
Category: iPhone, News, retail

It’s now a bit more likely that the iPhone X you ordered will ship in as few as one to three days in some locations.

Apple’s website has U.S. orders for all iPhone X models attached to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon networks, as well as SIM-free versions, deliver in 3 to 5 days, a marked improvement over recent ship-by estimates. Shipments of T-Mobile iPhone X units are pegged at nine days.

The lead times have improved in international markets such as Canada and China, these countries both showing estimated delivery dates of one to three business days. In the European market, ship times in Germany and the UK pegged at 3 to 5 days, and France at nine days.

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Some users experiencing errors activating iPhone X units, Apple assigns blame to wireless carriers

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Software, wireless

There might be a hiccup for some users when it comes to activating their new iPhone X devices.

A number of users have reported that the iPhone X isn’t completing the first step of connecting and thus activating through their wireless carrier.

The error message they’ve received has read as follows:

“Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable. Try connecting your iPhone to iTunes to activate it, or try again in a couple of minutes.”

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Apple posts carrier compatibility specs for upcoming iPhone X launch

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017, 05:38
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

As with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, the iPhone X won’t have the same carrier compatibility for all variants.

While GSM is the standard for most carriers around the globe, Sprint and Verizon in the U.S. still use CDMA. Apple hasn’t shared the iPhone X’s exact cellular specifications on its website, but it has stated that the AT&T and T-Mobile variants will be GSM only and won’t work with Verizon and Sprint.

The company has also announced that all models are unlocked, but that the Verizon and Sprint models will have the most carrier flexibility, until Apple offers a SIM-free version.

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Apple, AT&T partner to activate Band 8 to help improve communication following Hurricane Maria

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 05:56
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, wireless

This could definitely come in handy.

Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have joined forces and are apparently enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that’s been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, to help with communications within the territory following Hurricane Maria.

LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are located further away.

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U.S. wireless carriers reveal LTE data plan rates for Apple Watch Series 3

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Date: Friday, September 15th, 2017, 05:17
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables, wireless

The rates for LTE service for the Apple Watch Series 3 have been announced and while they’re not exactly giving it away, the data plan prices aren’t terrible.

Verizon customers can look forward to paying $10 a month using the company’s NumberShare service. The carrier is offering the first three months free, for a limited time. Verizon also charges a one-time activation fee of $30.

AT&T customers will pay $10 a month under the NumberSync plan. The carrier is offering three months free (in the form of a $30 credit) and is also giving a $25 activation fee credit for eligible customers.

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Apple to begin accepting iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus pre-orders on September 15th at 12:01 AM PT

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Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 05:12
Category: iPhone, News, retail

You can begin pre-ordering your iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in the wee hours come Friday.

Apple has announced that the company will begin accepting pre-orders for the handsets on Friday, September 15 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time or 3:01 a.m. Eastern Time in the United States. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will launch simultaneously in all first wave launch countries, so pre-orders will kick off at 8:01 a.m. in the United Kingdom and 3:01 p.m. in Hong Kong.

It’s unknown as to how readily available supplies of the iPhone 8 might be, so this may be your best chance of locking a unit down. Rumors have also surfaced suggesting that supplies of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would be constrained alongside the iPhone X, and Plus models in particular are often in short supply.

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Rumor: Third-gen Apple Watch to arrive in LTE and non-LTE models

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Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, 05:36
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research note and has predicted that the Apple Watch 3 will ship later this year with both LTE and non-LTE models offered. Kuo also expects the next Apple Watch will retain the same general design and not feature an obvious new form factor.

Kuo added that the Apple Watch will probably continue to ship in 38mm and 42mm size configurations.

The prediction comes 10 days after Bloomberg’s report that the Apple Watch may feature Intel modems for LTE connectivity.

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Apple experimenting with 5G Millimeter Wave technology, receives license from the FCC

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

Apple looks to be edging closer to 5G.

Per Business Insider, the company is testing next-gen 5G data speeds via a wireless technology called “millimeter wave” which could ultimately improve cellular performance for iPhones and other connected devices.

Apple has apparently been granted an application by the FCC for an experimental license to test the new 5G wireless technology.

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