1. AC Question's Avatar
    I was all ready to make the plunge and get the Note 5 when it's released, but then I played with a Galaxy tablet in Target and now I'm thinking it's time "go big(ger) or go home".

    But can I?

    Can a tablet with LTE, such as the Tab S, actually replace my phone? Can I drop in my phone's SIM card and will the Tab S then function just like my phone, allowing me to make & receive phone calls, browse the web, etc.?

    Or do the service providers frown on such activities?
    08-04-2015 01:24 PM
  2. Crashdamage's Avatar
    You can do it. You need a Google Voice phone number because, well, you've gotta have a phone number. You need to install Hangouts and the Hangouts Dialer. And you need a data-only SIM card. Then you make calls as VOIP over WiFi or mobile data. You can do SMS too.

    Note: The data-only SIM will have a phone number associated with it. You do not dial out with that number. You dial out using the Google Voice number. Some people get confused about that.

    Anyway, it's a bit clumsy but works pretty well and is cheap phone service. I did it for a couple of months with my Nexus 5 and a data-only SIM.

    Android since v1.0. Linux user since 2001.
    anon8380037 likes this.
    08-04-2015 01:39 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    You can also do it with Ooma or Vonage or another VoIP telco that has an Android app.
    Crashdamage likes this.
    08-04-2015 05:29 PM
  4. Crashdamage's Avatar
    Absolutely you can. I've only actually done it with Hangouts myself though.
    08-04-2015 05:46 PM

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