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November 4, 2015

AT&T Cuts Smartphone-Wearable Tether

NumberSync to Watches Means Phones Not Required

AT&T is finally cutting the umbilical cord linking Smartphones and wearables.

Gear S2

Samsung Gear S2

The telecommunications company announced the launch of a line of watches that will be able to make and receive calls without relying on a users’ Smartphone. The only catch, of course, is users must be AT&T customers and use one of the two watches currently supported in the technology. Customers can choose between the Samsung Gear S2 and the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.

“With NumberSync for wearables you will be able to send and receive texts, as well as make and receive calls from your smartwatch using the same number that your friends, family, and colleagues already recognize,” explained AT&T’s Jeff Bradley in a blog post. “NumberSync is scheduled to be available at no additional cost first on the Samsung Gear S2, and then the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition in early 2016.”

Wareable explained the technology behind the move as users link their secondary connected device (their smartwatch) to their primary number on AT&T’s Mobile Share plan. The Samsung and LG have eSIM tech built-in – a virtual SIM card that AT&T can link to your main account like a traditional multi-SIM plan.

It’s a big move for Smartwatches because, up until now, the devices have required their own SIM card. AT&T’s move eliminates that requirement so wearers don’t have to worry about tethering to another device.

Both devices will cost $200 on a two-year plan with AT&T, or are available to purchase with monthly installments, on approved credit, at $15 per month for 20 months.

Users can add one of these new Smartwatches to a new or existing Mobile Share Value Plan for an additional $10 per month.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.