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tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?

What happens with non-contract smartphones when customers only want the data service because they don't want and cannot use the primitive single-line voice services provided through a voice plan ?

Is it possible to use a tablet data plan ?

 

For example, I already have a Nexus-7 tablet with a tablet data plan. When I'm travelling, and the battery dies, can I continue to use the LTE data service that I'm paying for my moving the SIM into a compatible unlocked non-contract smartphone, such as a Nexus-5 or iPhone4 ?

 

If not, why not ?

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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?

How does AT&T activate the Galaxy Tab 3 8" with voice & SMS/MMS capabilities ? Does the customer get the choice of tablet or smartphone service ? 

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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?


mark98201 wrote:

What happens with non-contract smartphones when customers only want the data service because they don't want and cannot use the primitive single-line voice services provided through a voice plan ?

Is it possible to use a tablet data plan ?

 

For example, I already have a Nexus-7 tablet with a tablet data plan. When I'm travelling, and the battery dies, can I continue to use the LTE data service that I'm paying for my moving the SIM into a compatible unlocked non-contract smartphone, such as a Nexus-5 or iPhone4 ?

 

If not, why not ?


Tablet and phone data plans are not interchangeable. The SIM from the tablet will not work in a phone. Neither will a phone SIM work in a tablet.

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Teacher

Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?

Are there any small form-factor data-only devices which AT&T Wireless will accept on the tablet data plans for customers who want all of their voice functions run through their own corporate VoIP services ?

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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?


mark98201 wrote:

Are there any small form-factor data-only devices which AT&T Wireless will accept on the tablet data plans for customers who want all of their voice functions run through their own corporate VoIP services ?


we use cisco UCS voice and Cisco has apps available that doe VOIP, desk phone extension forwarding, audio conferencing, and full Multimedia conferencing. Check to see if your IT staff has anything like that available.

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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?

Cisco devices are not compatible with cellular data services, and are limited to corporate campuses. That's not what I was asking.

 

Are there devices which AT&T wireless will support for data-only cellular services with the same form-factor as smartphones ? For example, something like a Nexus-5 without the clunky low-bandwidth cellular voice, but with LTE data service.

 

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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?


mark98201 wrote:

Cisco devices are not compatible with cellular data services, and are limited to corporate campuses. That's not what I was asking.

 

Are there devices which AT&T wireless will support for data-only cellular services with the same form-factor as smartphones ? For example, something like a Nexus-5 without the clunky low-bandwidth cellular voice, but with LTE data service.

 


Use Cisco products for mobile voice, video, IM, and web conferencing over cellular all the time, you did not qualify personal or corporate so went with the way that the original question seemed to point.

 

When I travel I carry an extra external battery for the tablet

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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?

Which Cisco product works on the AT&T cellular network with a data plan, but with the form factor of a phone?

Why even mention Cisco in this context when AT&T does not support their devices ?

 

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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?


mark98201 wrote:

Which Cisco product works on the AT&T cellular network with a data plan, but with the form factor of a phone?

Why even mention Cisco in this context when AT&T does not support their devices ?

 


ATT is a carrier and their the network does support cisco devices. Talk to your cisco platinium partner for your first request

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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?

Ipad mini, Kindle Fire, . . . any table would work.
You can even make the tablet a hotspot, or get a seperate hotspot device, and share internet with an actual phone/smartphone
-Alex
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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?

After five years, my original question has never been addressed in a satisfactory way. 

 

Why does AT&T not support the use of older non-contract smartphones as small mobile tablets using ONLY data plans?

 

This is only a policy error on the part of AT&T, and has nothing to do with technical limitations of phone or tablets. 

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I don't want or need lectures about mobile hot spot, Cisco, or other completely unrelated and useless information being posted by forum busy-bodies. I want a policy answer from AT&T. WHY force full phone voice plans on people who don't want them, when they only want cellular DATA PLANS for their devices ??

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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?


@mark98201 wrote:

I don't want or need lectures about mobile hot spot, Cisco, or other completely unrelated and useless information being posted by forum busy-bodies. I want a policy answer from AT&T. WHY force full phone voice plans on people who don't want them, when they only want cellular DATA PLANS for their devices ??


IMEI registration codes tell the system what kind of device it is.  ATT and any other major carrier does not allow smartphones without voice and data together..  You can get prepaid with voice only..  And you can get data with prepaid only on some MVNO's but they dont advertise it.

 

Its ATT's choice....  And its a moot point now since your really paying for data now anyway and they give you unlimited voice and text for free.

*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.
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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?

There is nothing 'free' about the super-inflated pricing for voice plans
that offer the one component that I simply do not want from cellular
service providers--their primitive cellular voice services which lack all
of the features I use in a carrier-class VoIP system.
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Re: tablet data plan on unlocked non-contract phone devices ?

This obvious answer is not a solution to the policy error on the part of the cellular services monopolies. 

This forum and it's idiotic busy bodies are collectively WORTHLESS for addressing customer business complaints and concerns.  

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