Android Wear LTE smartwatches

The most important smartwatch usability factor in my opinion is whether the smartwatch has LTE. In 2017, only four Android Wear watches had LTE. The low relative adaption rate of Android Wear despite its usefulness, in my opinion, is due to lack of LTE in all watches except one until 2017.

Project Fi and Ting work with Android Wear smartwatches having LTE, using the T-Mobile network. AT&T also works with Android Wear LTE smartwatches. The overlapping T-Mobile/AT&T LTE bands with Android Wear include bands 2, 4 and 5 depending on your watch.

LTE smartwatch comparison

Model CPU LTE Bands Project Fi/Ting
LG Urbane 2nd Ed. LTE LG-W200A SD 400 2, 5 Yes
LG Urbane 2nd Ed. LTE LG-W200V SD 400 13 No
LG Watch Sport LG-W280A SD 2100 MSM8909W 2,4,5,13 Yes
Verizon Wear24 SD 2100 13 No
Huawei Watch 2 SD 2100 1,3,7,8,39,41 No
Apple Watch 3 LTE A1860/A1861   2,4,5,12,13,17,18,19,25,26,41 No (eSIM)

Why not Apple Watch LTE?

The Apple Watch is not currently compatible with Project Fi/Ting since it uses an eSIM and Project Fi/Ting currently require a nano-SIM.

Why are LTE bands important for smartwatches?

The LTE bands are important for knowing if the watch would work on a particular carrier. Sometimes a watch has LTE bands the carrier doesn’t and vice versa. As long as one or more LTE bands overlap, your watch might work–always double check before making a purchase! Carriers don’t use all their authorized LTE bands throughout their entire network. Some LTE bands are used only in urban areas, particularly the higher frequency LTE bands such as Band 41 for the Huawei Watch 2.

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