Tablet and internet surfing

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semar(Posted 2012) [#1]
I have a smartphone (Galaxy with Android OS), and a sim card with internet flat.

I can surf the internet (quite) whenever I am, and phone as well.

So far, so good.

I would like to do the same with an Android tablet - is that possible ?

In other terms, can I take the sim card I have in my smartphone, and insert it in the appropriate slot in the tablet, and have internet access and (maybe) phone capabilities ?

Do the Android tablet on the market have all a sim card slot to accomplish this task ?

Could you please share your experience on this field ?

Thanks in advance,

Volker(Posted 2012) [#2]
Hi Sergio,

it depends on the tablet.
I have an older Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" which can be used as mobile phone too.
Most tablets only support WiFi like Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle.
And I haven't heard about a 10" tablet with phone capability.
It may be hard to find something that fits your needs.

semar(Posted 2012) [#3]
Hi Volker,
thanks for the reply.

While I could live without phone capabilities, I do need internet access, so I rewrite my question:

are the (Android) tablets out there also "internet ready" ? If so, could I use the same SIM card I use in my smartphone, or do the tablets use another kind of card to gain internet access ?


Volker(Posted 2012) [#4]
Every tablet with phone capabilities can although give you mobile
internet access, because it has a sim card slot.
So you have to search for a android tablet with sim card slot.
ViewSonic ViewPad 7 has one and some Galaxy Tabs too.

Yes, you can use the same sim card you are using in your smartphone.

Samah(Posted 2012) [#5]
Alternatively you could set up a wifi hotspot on your phone, then just connect to it from your tablet. That's how I use my iPad on the bus.

semar(Posted 2012) [#6]
thanks, now it's clearer for me, as I can refine the choice.

nice, I didn't know about wifi hotspot capabilities on smartphones, cool 'trick' indeed !
I guess that fast all the smartphones out there could create a wifi hotspot, and then it's a matter of choosing the right tablet - I mean, the one that are wifi ready..