[Chugalug] Android tablets

Tim Youngblood timyoungblood at gmail.com
Fri Oct 12 21:52:28 UTC 2012


HSDPA = true on ST at 45/ mth.

I'm not looking back. The Verizon GNex ate even extended batteries.
On Oct 12, 2012 4:53 PM, "Lynn Dixon" <boodaddy at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
>> 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 4:27 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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