Time to Buy: How LTE Wearables Are Changing the Game

LTE, the technology that powers wireless data transfer in your Smartphone, has made the leap to wearable devices like smart watches and fitness trackers. Users can now activate and use their full array of features, even if their Smartphone is turned off or out of range. The addition of LTE is expanding the capabilities of wearable devices and revolutionizing the way people use them.

How Does LTE Impact Wearable Devices?

The earliest wearables were extensions of the user’s Smartphone, not standalone devices. That meant that your smart watch or fitness tracker was unable to function on its own unless your Smartphone was nearby and connected.

While LTE network connectivity won’t make wearables replace your phone entirely, it does remove many of their previous limitations. For example, LTE network connectivity has made it  possible to receive and respond to direct notifications without a Smartphone connection. This means that you can leave your phone at home to charge while you run to the grocery store – without missing that text reminding you to pick up milk.

Additionally, LTE capabilities allow continuous music streaming for smart watches like the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro. This makes it easy to switch seamlessly from phone to watch and keep listening to your tunes even if you leave your phone in your gym locker.

For health-focused wearables like the Garmin Vivosmart 3, LTE technology allows the device to more accurately track, store and display stats like hours slept and changes in heart rate. Because the device has its own internet connection, it can display notifications, texts and even e-mails. And because it automatically syncs to Garmin’s social community, you can instantly share your newest personal record with your friends.

As LTE technology continues to improve, the wearable landscape willchange even further. Stay updated with all the latest technology and check outthe full collection of wearable devices from U.S.Cellular®.