Is 3G/4G necessary... RCR Story.
So the debate still rages on the necessity of adding 3G/4G chips to tablets. I found it interesting that they aren't selling real well.
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Me personally I would prefer a 3G/4G playbook but I also realize that my situation is different because I don't have to pay for the service because my company would...
- CrackBerry Addict
08-16-11, 10:17 AM #4
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Anyway, 3G/4G for a tablet is a great idea, but the carriers will charge for data access, and that gets expensive, especially on top of another data plan already in place for your phone. That's probably why it isn't doing well.
- 08-16-11, 10:27 AM #5
I am one of those NOT interested in paying another monthly bill. So wifi will have to do. I'm sure that I'm not alone - another $20-$30 a month probably keeps a number of folks away. Businesses might be able to afford it but I'm sure there are even some of those hesitant to add lots of employees to another monthly billing scenario.
That is until someone produces a tablet like Amazon's 3g Kindle which costs a bit more initially but does not include another monthly bill. But then again, the kindle is not expected to produce a terrific data/browsing/email service. It does work as my friend just proved on a trip to the Sierra with his Kindle dx as opposed to my k3-wifi but it is laggy and limited.
- 08-16-11, 10:50 AM #7
Simple answer is why buy into another data plan when you can tether your phone or set it as a WIFI hot spot? I think most people have caught on to this. I even know apple users who purchased the ipad 2 4g then cancelled the data-plan and only use the WIFI. They did so as the WIFI only unit was in short supply and hard to find. Paying two data plans simply makes no sense.
- 08-16-11, 11:07 AM #9
Most people I know with wi-fi iPads tether them off their iPhones or Android phones when they go on travel, though this requires an extra monthly cost from many carriers. Still, it must be more cost effective for these people than buying the 3G model and going month to month.
- 08-16-11, 11:28 AM #10
When my wife bought her Xoom I just about pulled my hair out when she said she bought it at Verizon with another data plan. HOWEVER, I gotta say its damned convenient. For what she does, gps, emails, she uses about .3 gigs at the most. So 20 bucks a month doesnt seem that big of a deal. Less than half a tank of gas for a months constant connectivity. If the Playbook should at some time offer the same option, I would consider it.
- 08-16-11, 12:47 PM #11
It's necessary for me. I want a truely mobile tablet that does not depend on another mobile device to be useful.
I gave up on the PB in June and purchased the orginal Galaxy Tab - Verizon. It's every thing I want in a mobile tablet. I have moved most of my apps from my phone to the Tab. The only apps left on my phone are the PIM apps, Yelp, Evernote, ConvertPad, Office Calculator, and Chuzzle(will not scale to the Tab and recently cannot find any Pop Cap games in the Android Market).
I've also stopped using my laptop except for my biofeedback games(Wild Divine), Reel Deal Slots, going to my company's website, and editing my passcode locked notes in Evernote.
- 08-16-11, 01:10 PM #12
3G is necessary for business. WiFi isn't a secure means of tracking and wiping a lost or stolen device. If you lose your Playbook today, there is no means of tracking it down. Ideally the 3G model (for business) will be BES integrated and as such have the ability to remotely wipe the unit. Too hard to do that with WiFi only, at the moment.
- 08-16-11, 03:29 PM #15
Also, just because you have the bridge, it doesn't mean you don't have other information on the device you want others seeing. Just becuase there isn't contacts or emails, doesn't mean there isn't sensitive information being stored.
So yes, it is really necessary for business.
- 08-16-11, 04:10 PM #16
different needs for different people. If the company is paying i would like a 3g/4g tab. If its my bill i would get a 20% discount so its only $16 more a month or 1 less coffee a week from starbucks. not a deal breaker.
- 08-16-11, 07:26 PM #18
- 08-16-11, 07:47 PM #19
I have a Galaxy Tab 7" 3G (GTab), and I think it's important, especially in a country that lack of free WiFi hotspots. Though I subscribed for the cheapest plan available per month, I found it expensive because I already use a BlackBerry (BIS). One good thing about non-US GTab is the phone function (which most think ridiculous), coz I now use it as my secondary number (personal use, since BB is for work).
Before, I was ready to sell my GTab or use it as a phone and WiFi only device (got WiFi in office and home) but after I got a PlayBook, I hesitated.
I could use it as WiFi hotspot or use the internet tethering (in case someone hack into the WiFi password) for my PB.
In conclusion, when HSPA+ (4G) PB arrives (won't rely on LTE/WiMax version since uncertainty in the government) I am more than ready to trade-in my WiFi PB!
I am not rich, so I will trade my PB and Galaxy Tab for a HSPA+ PB.
ps: If u asked why I said that I'm not rich but have a PB and GTab, I got them for free
- 08-17-11, 01:05 PM #22
- CrackBerry Abuser
08-17-11, 09:51 PM #23
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Same here, I'm in the WIFI boat, I got a Blackberry, love it and have a 6gig plan from telus free teather so, why pay an extra fee to teather when it's already there?
And here almost everyone gives out wifi.
I travel alot and am across the 401 , 400 etc major highways, if needed when I'm pulled over I just teather get what i need and off I go.
But this is just my opinon take it for what its worth.
$20 bucks saved can add up each month.