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Buying a tablet without a plan

Sydroid

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Jun 30, 2013
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After long bouts of research, I had finally chosen which device was going to be gateway into the Androidiverse. It was the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, which comes out July 7th.
However, I just realized, unlike the iPad, it seems very hard to buy such an Android device without a data plan.

I do not live in the United States, but I am going there for the summer. I intended to pick up the device, WiFi + 3G, and then use the 3G in my country when I buy the SIM. But if I have to buy a data plan, it seems this may be impossible. Unfortunately, I see very little use in buying a tablet if I do not have Internet access where-ever I go.

Is my research wrong, and one can buy 3G-enabled Galaxy Tab devices without a data plan, or do I have to go for the iPad mini?

This may help - I only have about a month to burn in the US (returning mid August).

Thanks for taking the time to read this. :)
 
You have to commit to a data plan to get a 3G/4G tablet in the States now? Can't you just buy an unlocked non-carrier one there now, surely you can?

As long as the tablet has the appropriate bands for whatever country you're taking it to, nearly always HSDPA 2100MHz and GSM/EDGE 900/1800, insert a data enabled SIM and you should be fine. Which country are you going to, if it's Canada, that uses the same bands as the States AFAIK.
 
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Bit off topic but when i get a tablet, im just gona get a wifi one and tether it to my phone. To hell with swapping sims or paying for another account :thumbup:

Probably the best option, often seems to be quite a price premium for a 3G/4G enabled tablet over the regular WiFi ones. And swapping the SIM around is going to be a PITA. Unless one actually needs the tablet to be on-line at all times, even when one is not using it, in which case one would have to cough up for an additional data plan and SIM.
 
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Then it seems there is no way getting around this contract.
I guess then I have one more question left - assuming I am able to nab the tablet, and get a contract that I can, by some sort of stroke of luck, cancel in one month without some colossal fee, would it be relatively easy to unlock the tablet for international use?
 
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Then it seems there is no way getting around this contract.

If you don't want to pay the full unsubsidized price for a device, you can't really avoid a contract.

I guess then I have one more question left - assuming I am able to nab the tablet, and get a contract that I can, by some sort of stroke of luck, cancel in one month without some colossal fee, would it be relatively easy to unlock the tablet for international use?


You might be able to cancel within a month, but the carrier will want the device back. Otherwise they'll take it you've defaulted and they'll blacklist the tablet's IMEI, and so unlocking it won't help you, it just won't work on 3G.

Can't really help with unlocking on AF, because that's in violation of the DMCA and is illegal.
 
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Jesus Christ, buying an brand name Android device for international use is most definitely more trouble than it's worth. I was really hoping to get into this scene, but it turns out carriers and all their stipulations suck.

While I wouldn't mind a blacklisted device, as it will work outside the US, I'd probably come back to the United States months later, and wouldn't be to use my device.

I'd like to thank you all for your help, guidance and nuggets of information, but I'm sticking with iOS - the simplicity of simply buying an unlocked tablet is mouthwatering.
 
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Jesus Christ, buying an brand name Android device for international use is most definitely more trouble than it's worth. I was really hoping to get into this scene, but it turns out carriers and all their stipulations suck.

While I wouldn't mind a blacklisted device, as it will work outside the US, I'd probably come back to the United States months later, and wouldn't be to use my device.

I'd like to thank you all for your help, guidance and nuggets of information, but I'm sticking with iOS - the simplicity of simply buying an unlocked tablet is mouthwatering.

Surely if you buy a carrier contract subsidized 3G/4G iPad in the US, it's going to be locked, and you'll have to find a way to unlock it. And if you buy an unlocked non-carrier one, that's going to be expensive. iOS or brand name Android, would it make any difference?

BTW what country are you in? Because even here in mainland China, these days premium devices like Samsung or Apple are priced comparable to the US now, there's not much in it. The other thing to remember is, that prices in the US are always shown exclusive of sales tax. Whereas in other countries they include it. So the apparent price may appear to be cheaper, when in fact it isn't..
 
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I live in Ghana.
As for the iPad, you can actually buy it without a data plan, and it doesn't add anything to the price. You buy them unlocked if you get no data plan - a good amount of my friends use the iPads they have bought in the US here in Ghana.

As for zuben el genub's post, thank you very much. It's an excellent list, but absent of the one I really would like to buy so much.

When I go to the States, I'll see what I can do with these infernal plans. If all goes wrong, I'll just snap up a delicious slice of iPad mini.
 
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