which no-contract carrier to go for?
So it looks like Verizon and T-Mobile won't require a contract. Does that mean I can pick one up and never even have to activate it?
Would it make more sense to get the GSM version at T-Mobile hoping that someday it can be hacked to work on international GSM?
Wifi only is fine for me since I can tether it to my Pre when needed. I'm willing to pay a bit extra over the eventual Wifi version just to be able to get one now.
Thanks for any advice, folks.
- 11-07-2010, 03:21 PM #2
- 11-07-2010, 10:48 PM #3
I don't think you'll Have to sign up for service, just like you can walk into a store now, buy a droid x at retail and leave with it. Some retailers MAY require service activation to get the device initially until they gauge demand however. Retailers don't make a lot (yet) on month to month contracts, but they make more than they do just selling a device and letting it walk, and if supply is limited and demand is high, they'll have to make some choices.
I'd assume it will be the same with Tmobile, though it looks like they want more money for their version (which doesn't make sense because it's GSM and not HSPA+)
A GSM version would allow a prepaid sim assuming you can unlock it easily. If you're looking at the carrier's plans.. Verizon's seem to offer the best bang for their buck unless Tmobile treats this as a smartphone instead of an aircard like they seem to be.
- 11-08-2010, 11:10 AM #4
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- 11-10-2010, 06:29 PM #7
It's being released tomorrow (Thursday, Nov 11) on Verizon. I called my local store and they confirmed that today, the 10th, they were shipped 10 units. They're not sure if they'll get more tomorrow.
Is it just me or has this whole campaign on both Verizon and Samsung's side of things been SUPER underwhelming? You can't even find stuff about either online easily through the company's websites. You just think they'd be pushing hard at roll out. What's the catch?
- 11-11-2010, 07:07 AM #8
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- 11-11-2010, 10:05 PM #10
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Verizon doesn't really 'have' the iPad, they're just packaging it along with a MiFi. Kind of a kludge if you ask me. Still, I think they're mainly pushing the Tab in 3G markets. The display for it was pretty prominent in a local store.
I can't comment on TV simply due to the fact that I don't watch commercials!
I'd say get the T-mo version simply for the fact that it takes a SIM, and works on more potential networks than the VZW version.
The T-Mo, Sprint, and VZW versions are all $599 off contract, as far as I know, with AT&T asking $650.
- 11-12-2010, 10:00 AM #11
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- Rooted - that is all....
I got the Verizon version. Bought it at Best Buy moments after they arrived (so they say). They sold it to me straight out since I was just going to do the month to month and I left to go play.
Well..... YOU HAVE to activate the tab with Verizon. And since I didn't do that at Best Buy, I spent several hours with Verizon adding a new line to my plan and finally activating the Tab.
I suppose I could cancel it and the thing will stay active. Being forced to activate it and the $20+ dollars to get the basic plan wasn't what I expected. The Tab wouldn't let me do anything until it was activated via Verizon.
I don't mind the $20 a month, buying a brick for $600 and not knowing this was irritating but it's a nice backup to know I'll have internet when I can't find WiFi. I own a 3G iPad (which is now been sold - pile of junk it was) but the 3G feature that was a VERY nice thing, I used it maybe once a month but when on road trips, streaming Pandora on the highway was a treat.
- 11-12-2010, 11:16 AM #13
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- Rooted - that is all....
Well, it was only annoying as I wanted the 3G myself. It was more a problem with Best Buy not knowing what to do when they sell one. It does make the price of a Verizon 3G closer to $700 though, add in taxes and the cheapest 3G plan $20. Sure you can cancel the $20 but you still need to pay it to activate the Tab.
- 11-12-2010, 01:30 PM #14
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- 11-13-2010, 11:15 AM #18
VZW persuaded me that using my DINC as a Mobile Hot Spot, would kill the battery and interrupt phone calls, etc. Therefore, I decided to go with their 3G service and then use WIFI as much as possible. You can modify the data quantity anytime you wish.
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