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Samsung Offers 4G LTE Gear S3 Smart Watch

Samsung has added 4G LTE availability to its Gear S3 smart watch to further untether the device from users’ phones.

The LTE version of the Gear S3 Classic will let users receive and reply to calls, texts and app alerts, and it features a one-number solution so calls from the smart watch share the same number as the user’s  smartphone.

Built-in GPS functionality allows users to track their daily fitness activities and the Gear’s alti-barometer and speedometer enables tracking of environmental data such as distance traveled and sudden changes in weather.

Samsung also built additional functionality into the watch’s signature rotating bezel. With a turn of the bezel, users can answer or reject calls, read messages and access apps. By writing or drawing on the display, messages can automatically convert to texts and emojis. Users can also create short reminders and to-do lists with the Reminders app.

The Gear features mobile payment integration with Samsung Pay so consumers can make a purchase with the watch almost anywhere they can swipe or tap a card. With Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and NFC) support, Gear S3 users are able to make a purchase with Samsung Pay at more than 90 percent of the top 250 merchants across the U.S., according to the company.

The LTE version of the Gear S3 classic will be available from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Wireless providers will share availability and pricing.