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Apple Watch eSIM

I just ordered the new Apple Watch Series 6 with cellular and called up Sunrise to see if I can have a data only subscription (I already have a data only with Sunrise for the iPad). Apparently, they only do the add-on for the watch if you have a mobile subscription, so that is not an option.

Is there anyone on the forum that uses the Apple Watch's eSIM functionality in Switzerland?
I couldn't really find another provider that would give me the eSIM data only for the Apple Watch, and apparently just getting an eSIM doesn't work for the Apple Watch (something about different protocols?).
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Old 16.09.2020, 11:57
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Re: Apple Watch eSIM

I'm on Swisscom .. I added the eSim option to mine for 5chf extra per month..

To be honest it's quite a waste, I almost never use the functionality.. I virtually always have my phone with me. Maybe once per year somebody will call me while I'm out running without my phone.

There's not a huge amount you can do on the watch without the phone, even with the eSim.
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Re: Apple Watch eSIM

I can confirm you will not be able to get an esim for your watch without a mobile subscription.
And yes...it is not really worth it. I find it practical for running as you ca still connect your airpods for example and stream music. But yeah...we have our phone almost always with us.
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Re: Apple Watch eSIM

Thanks for the feedback, so I would need to go through my corporate plan to get an additional eSIM or get a separate mobile subscription...

And also thanks for your user experience, I actually do have a few use cases where I would use it, hence why I ordered the version with cellular
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Re: Apple Watch eSIM

I've never been able to activate my Apple Watch with cellular as our corporate plan does not allow me to add an extra eSim device and does not provide or allow for split billing.

My business line is Swisscom and installed via eSim on my iPhone, and my physical SIM is googlefi which has my us number, but that doesn't support an apple watch either..

good luck getting it activated!
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