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Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 Models With LTE

Apple this week added refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 models with LTE to its online store for the first time in the United States.


A selection of 10 cellular-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 models have been made available for sale over the past two days, but as of writing, only one model remains in stock. More inventory should be added over time, so we recommend using the website Refurb Tracker if you are interested in a particular model.

The refurbished models are priced between $359 and $549, reflecting savings of 15 to 16 percent off the price of brand new models.

A cellular-enabled 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 with a silver aluminum case and fog-colored sport band is listed for $359, for example, which is $70 off the $429 price of an equivalent brand new model.

Apple Watch Series 3 models were first released in September 2017, but only non-cellular GPS models were available refurbished until now. Series 3 models feature a faster dual-core S3 processor, and an Apple-designed W2 chip that makes Wi-Fi up to 85 percent faster and up to 50 percent more power efficient.

Apple says all refurbished Apple Watch models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged with a new box and all manuals and accessories, including a magnetic charging puck and a power adapter. In our view, Apple's refurbished products are generally indistinguishable from brand new ones.

Any refurbished Apple Watch comes with Apple's standard one-year warranty effective on the date the device is delivered. The warranty can be extended to up to two years from the original purchase date with AppleCare+ for Apple Watch, which covers accidental damage for a fee, at a cost of $49 in the United States.

Apple also began selling refurbished iMac Pro models earlier this week.

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4 weeks ago
Given how rarely I make phone calls anymore... I wouldn't mind seeing an LTE Watch that's either completely decoupled from another iOS device or else one that could work with an iPad. I could be very happy with just a Watch and an iPad Mini - removing the iPhone from the equation completely.
Rating: 8 Votes
4 weeks ago
Does refurbished mean they scraped off that red dot? If so I'm interested.
Rating: 2 Votes
4 weeks ago

I bought the LTE version simply because I believe it has a bigger battery and lasts longer. Im not confirming this but the battery life on this is incredible compared to my original. I can go two days no problem. Obviously Im not using LTE service or have interest in it.


Another contributor is the more efficient faster dual core processor in the Series 3. The problem with the first generation Apple Watch was that It was incredibly slow for the most part, which it had to work harder with third-party applications, the heart rate sensor drained it fast and the battery was adversely affected because of this. With the Much improved processor in the Series 3, the battery life isn’t taxed as hard, resulting in more longevity.
Rating: 2 Votes
4 weeks ago

Another contributor is the more efficient faster dual core processor in the Series 3. The problem with the first generation Apple Watch was that It was incredibly slow for the most part, which it had to work harder with third-party applications, the heart rate sensor drained it fast and the battery was adversely affected because of this. With the Much improved processor in the Series 3, the battery life isn’t taxed as hard, resulting in more longevity.


I also meant that I think the battery in the LTE version is slightly bigger than non-lte so its a better pick if battery life is your top priority vs. Series 3 non-lte and just dont use lte. Its slightly heavier too from what I remember but still significantly lighter than those sapphire versions.
Rating: 2 Votes
4 weeks ago
The LTE feature turned out to be pretty useful to me. I had my doubts at first.
Rating: 2 Votes
4 weeks ago

Not buying til it's round


No particular love for Samsung here, but this one promoted during NBA playoffs seems pretty sharp to me...

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I know that since it's not Apple, it has to be an abomination, likely to blow up in a thermonuclear meltdown killing thousands, etc. But, looking past all that, a round smart watch can look pretty smart IMO.
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Given how rarely I make phone calls anymore... I wouldn't mind seeing an LTE Watch that's either completely decoupled from another iOS device or else one that could work with an iPad. I could be very happy with just a Watch and an iPad Mini - removing the iPhone from the equation completely.


I suspect that a watch- or ring... or implant;) - will eventually be the phone (too).

Personally, I use the LTE-capable Mini (with buds + microphone) as my phone now (and have for years). About $100/yr MAX for continuous LTE service, talk & text & data, and a nice big screen for apps. Plus, it keeps accurate time too!!!;)
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago

Not buying til it's round


Good luck. The problem with a smart watch is lack of screen real estate. Why would Apple go round and reduce the screen real estate even further? The round watch face would have to huge. I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago
Not buying til it's round
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago

I bought the LTE version simply because I believe it has a bigger battery and lasts longer. Im not confirming this but the battery life on this is incredible compared to my original. I can go two days no problem. Obviously Im not using LTE service or have interest in it.


My GPS only version easily lasts a couple of days, so not sure about the bigger battery, but the LTE version, I read, has twice the memory of the GPS version.
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They are new and on sale at almost as good a price at Best Buy right now.


It does not appear the Series 3 with LTE are on sale. I see list prices. The non-cellular version is on sale, though.
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago

I also meant that I think the battery in the LTE version is slightly bigger than non-lte so its a better pick if battery life is your top priority vs. Series 3 non-lte and just dont use lte. Its slightly heavier too from what I remember but still significantly lighter than those sapphire versions.


There is no doubt about the series 3 is greatly improved with the battery life, and I think you are correct that it is slightly thicker with the battery, likely given an LTE is more demanding. Overall, the Series 3 Apple Watch is slightly thicker as well, which I believe Jeff Williams said during the fall Keynote that it is two sheets of paper thicker. Another thing about the LTE, is that you don’t have to enable it if you don’t want to, which I can easily achieve over two days a battery life without charging my watch.
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