Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jun 2012 20:27 UTC
Google So yeah, Google totally just won the conference showdown by easily beating both Apple and Microsoft. Not only did Google announce Android 4.1 with some really cool new features, a cheap but non-crippled tablet, and a new Android device called the Nexus Q, but they also opened up pre-orders for Google Glass. So yeah.
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2009-06-20

Cellular connection on a tablet is stupid as long as one cannot buy an inexpensive data-only SIM card. Period.

Turning my smartphone into a wifi hotspot is the only sane way to keep all devices connected on the go.

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Sabon Member since:
2005-07-06

Tablet cell data is definitely not a waste for me. I use it more than I use my Phone. If anything I would get rid of my cell DATA on my phone and only keep voice if I could.

It's going to be moot pretty soon. Verizon (which I use) is starting to merge cell data to a per person or family use instead of device use.

Edited 2012-06-27 21:23 UTC

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Cellular connection on a tablet is stupid as long as one cannot buy an inexpensive data-only SIM card. Period.

Turning my smartphone into a wifi hotspot is the only sane way to keep all devices connected on the go.


I don't know about the United States but you can purchase data only sim cards here in New Zealand without any problems - buy one on prepaid or contract if you want and you're only charged for the data used. I would have thought given America's size and being the centre of information technology that carriers would be offering such a service.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

"Cellular connection on a tablet is stupid as long as one cannot buy an inexpensive data-only SIM card. Period.


I don't know about the United States but you can purchase data only sim cards here in New Zealand without any problems
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UK too. I have a data only 30 day rolling contract SIM for my iPad from 3 mobile. 1GB of data for £7.50 per month. So, what, US$11? Can you seriously not get similar in the US? Other providers do similar deals, most are around £10 and the data amount and details vary. Heck, I can pick up a "pay as you go" SIM for £0.99 (or free) and so long as I follow the carrier rules for top ups, get 500mb of data free for circa £10 a month also.

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l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

I would have thought given America's size and being the centre of information technology that carriers would be offering such a service.


Note: a bit OT.

I also thought so, until two things happened, i). I wanted to buy a cheap but decent speed home net connection in the U.S. and ii). I wanted to buy a mobile (oh, sorry cell) phone in the U.S. In both cases I was laughing at first, then became a bit shocked, then after a while, just gave up searching for things that didn't exist. I mean come on, hilarious prices, plus in many cases a very low number of ISPs to choose from, also cell plans in most cases ridiculous (just see how and what they include and the associated prices, also look at roaming options and prices).

Additionally, now they're going backwards (at least from my European point of view) "introducing" traffic based capped monthly plans for broadband ;)

So yes, while in many things the U.S. is cool, broadband and cell plans and prices do not belong in that category.

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