From The Apple Wiki

In most countries, setting up a cellular plan on watch is restricted to the carrier that the family iPhone is on. The only countries where Apple does not allow watches to be 'carrier locked' are: US, UK, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and Switzerland—in these countries the watch can have not only its own phone number but also its own independent cellular plan directly with Truphone (available in six countries), Telekom (in Germany), or, in Switzerland, Sunrise or Swisscom.

Stand alone cellwatches

The following models are capable of "family setup" since Sept 2020, provided the model is GPS+cellular (GPS-only models are not permitted to use family setup):

year initial price
Display ECG int'l emer-
gency calling
2018 S4 40mm: $499
44mm: $529
yes no
2019 S5 40mm: $499
44mm: $529
yes yes
2020 S6 40mm: $499
44mm: $529
yes yes
2020 SE 40mm: $329
44mm: $359
no yes

Cellular plans for standalone cellwatches


Truphone was selected by Apple as the first multi-country carrier to offer cellular plans for standalone Apple Watches. Truphone offers this service in the following countries:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Spain

Local Carriers

bold indicates that the carrier allows the watch on their network even if the associated iPhone is not on that carrier


  • Canada: Bell, Telus
  • United States: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, C Spire


  • United Kingdom: EE
  • Norway: Telia
  • Germany: Telekom
  • Switzerland: Sunrise, Swisscom
  • Spain: Movistar

Asia and Middle East

  • Bahrain: Batelco
  • Japan: au
  • Thailand: AIS, dtac, TrueMove
  • Singapore: Starhub
  • Taiwan: Chungwa, Taiwan Mobile, FarEasTone
  • Hong Kong: 1O1O, csl, SmarTone
  • China: China Unicom, China Telecom(in 7 cities)


  • Australia: Truphone