Yes. After 20 hours of store visits and customer service phone calls I can confirm that it does not operate as a stand-alone device. You need to have a valid phone number to pair/link it with. The mobile plan needs to be chosen accordingly. It can however take and receive calls separately from the phone.
In other words, you can't add a watch with a unique phone number unless you already have a phone you want it to use. If not, you are adding a phone line and a watch line. Kinda pricey for kids as an example if they don't have a phone already.
I have been your customer for the last 15 yrs.
I am Flabergasted that you do not have a way to link my Samsung S23 Ultra phone (primary phone number) with another stand alone LTE Watch 6 for my son (2nd watch LTE number) with out merging the stand alone with my primary number
I want to keep my number, my calls, my SMS seperate from my son's standalone LTE phone number calls, SMS and notifications. I do not want my son to have a phone at this time but should be able to reach him on his Watch 6 LTE phone number with out him getting my calls forwarded, my SMS's and notifications forwarded etc.
Apple has a way to achieve this and supports the carrier to do this. I can't believe Samsung cannot do this.
I will be going back to Apple if this function is not possible. It's a basic expected function to connect different Samsung watches with stand alone LTE numbers and not get calls and SMS's from the primary number which is also using Samsung S23 Ultra phone. Additionally Samsung is lagging behind on facilitating Family set up.
Thanks for your quickest attention/response in case this is possible at all.
It is possible to technical do this, Verizon calls it number share, TMOBILE calls it digits. It does have to be paired with a phone, just not having number share activated.
I have been on call for 4 hrs and no luck. It works with Apple watches but not with Samsung watches. I am trying to move from apple watch SE due to low battery life to Samsung Watch 6.