Wear OS LTE smartwatches

An important smartwatch usability factor is whether the smartwatch has LTE. In early 2019, only one currently manufactured Wear OS watch had multi-carrier LTE in North America–the LG W280 Watch Sport. Watches that are locked to Verizon Wireless LTE bands are less interesting to many users because they may want to use a different prepaid LTE provider, and/or use the watch internationally.

Google Fi and Ting work with Wear OS smartwatches having LTE via the T-Mobile 2G / 3G / 4G cellular network. AT&T also works with Wear OS LTE smartwatches. The overlapping T-Mobile / AT&T LTE bands with Wear OS include bands 2, 4 and 5 depending on your watch.

Wear OS LTE smartwatch comparison

ModelCPULTE BandsGoogle Fi/Ting
LG Urbane 2nd Ed. LTE LG-W200ASD 4002, 5Yes
LG Urbane 2nd Ed. LTE LG-W200VSD 40013No (wrong bands)
LG Watch Sport LG-W280ASD 2100 MSM8909W2,4,5,13Yes
Verizon Wear24SD 210013No (wrong bands)
Huawei Watch 2SD 21001,3,7,8,39,41No (wrong bands)

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.