[Chugalug] Android tablets

Lynn Dixon boodaddy at gmail.com
Fri Oct 12 20:52:25 UTC 2012


Good advice.  Was looking at their site, and noticed they had a different
sim for Tmobile and GSM.    Do you know if StraightTalk sims get HSPA+
speeds on the ATT 3G network?

On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM, Phil Sieg <phil.sieg at gmail.com> wrote:

> It is AT&T 3g data, same speeds side by side with my iPhone 4S on AT&T.
>
> Really this is what I will be going to as soon as I can get all of our
> corporate phones sorted out. The only iOS drawback is lack of visual
> voicemail.
>
> Stay away from t-Mobile hardware because their data network is 1700mhz,
> and you will be limited to EDGE (2.5G) speeds.
>
>  Phil Sieg
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> *"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up
> with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."
>
> *
> *Steve Jobs, 1955-2011*
>
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> On Oct 12, 2012, at 4:27 PM, Lynn Dixon <boodaddy at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Phil,
> I never knew they had a sim program! Thats pretty awesome! For $45 per
> month, having a "portable" sim like this would be pretty handy for projects
> like weather balloon tracking, robotics tracking, mobile hotspots and all
> kinds of tinker stuff.
>
> I hate to get off tangent, but can you tell us what kind of speeds she is
> seeing on their data network?  Hows the coverage?
>
> On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM, Phil Sieg <phil.sieg at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> John,
>>
>> 1. Get an android phone (if you don't have one).
>>
>> 2. Get a Straightalk SIM http://www.straighttalk.com/shopsims
>>
>> 3. Get their unlimited Talk & Text & Data plan for $45 a month (my wife
>> is on this with iPhone 4s and it ROCKS).
>>
>> 4. Root Your android phone and make it a hotspot.
>>
>> 5. Share data with your wifi only tablet (this is how I tether to my iPad)
>>
>> Done.
>>
>> Great deal, involves a linux variant and minor hacking. Totally list
>> appropriate.
>>
>>
>>  Phil Sieg
>> President
>> SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
>> www.snapfon.com
>> phil.sieg at seniortechllc.com
>>
>> Phone: 423.535.9968
>> Fax: 423.265.9820
>> Mobile: 423.331.0725
>>
>> *"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up
>> with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."
>>
>> *
>> *Steve Jobs, 1955-2011*
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Oct 12, 2012, at 4:12 PM, John Aldrich <jmaldrich at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>> Quoting Lynn Dixon <boodaddy at gmail.com>:
>>
>> John,
>> I absolutely love my Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE.  My company has me on Verizon,
>> but you can get the Galaxy Nexus from other carriers. Its running Jelly
>> Bean and its pretty awesome.  Do not fall for the non-Nexus devices, as
>> they wont give you the pure Google Android experience. Thats the beauty of
>> the Android sphere.  Device makers are free to use Android in however they
>> wish to serve the customer base they want to target, and they can modify
>> the interface for that market.  The other cool thing about Android is that
>> you can choose to stick with the "Google Experience" and buy only Nexus
>> branded devices, which only run pure android without all the other fluff
>> added in by the manufacturer.
>>
>> The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is also a very well built phone in my opinion.  I
>> love that I can swap in the larger capacity battery when I need to, and
>> not
>> add any bulk to the phone.  I am pretty damn rough on my phones, and I
>> only
>> have a screen protector on my Nexus, and it looks almost new.  I have been
>> using it Since early February. It has a huge screen (4.3 or 4.5 inch, cant
>> remember) that is larger than even the "new hotness" iPhone 5. Excellent
>> visibility in direct sunlight, and has a superb battery life.  I use my
>> phone ALOT during work hours, and I can charge it overnight, unplug it at
>> 7am, use it all day at work, then take it to class, and by the time I get
>> home at 10pm, it will still have around 30% battery left. and thats on the
>> OEM non-extended battery.
>>
>> Hope that helps!
>>
>> Thanks, Lynn... your comments are very helpful, however, you overlooked
>> TWO major requirements - no contract requirement, and sub-$200 range. Last
>> time I looked to get the Mobile-Data-capable version, it was like $100 more
>> than the WIFI-only version, which puts it about $250+. Also, I don't know
>> of any vendor who will sell it w/o a long-term contract. I will gladly be
>> proven wrong, so if you have knowledge that I don't, please feel free to
>> share. :D
>>
>> As a contract employee who could, theoretically be told at any time, "OK,
>> we don't need you any more" I'm reluctant to sign a long-term contract with
>> another wireless carrier.
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