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Old Oct 26th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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iPad Mini as an iPhone Replacement?

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I have a iPhone 4 and thinking about going to the iPhone 5. I never talk in the phone and 90% is using data. I'm thinking about using speak out (7 eleven) on the iPhone 4 and getting the iPad mini with LTE. I looked at the cost for data with the tablets and it's $35.00 for 5 gigs of data from the big 3, are there any other providers that offer better?

Has anyone gone this way?



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Old Oct 26th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #2
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I asked a similar question here

http://www.ehmac.ca/all-ios-iphone-i...telephone.html

I am mulling over the options available
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Old Oct 26th, 2012, 11:47 PM   #3
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Thought about it before. If I were single and didn't use my phone much, maybe. We have 2 lines, 1GB of shared data, all the features and minutes I want for $88+tax. It makes more sense to go the other way and simply hotspot my phone data to the iPad. $70 for 2 iPads and then still have to pay for a number somewhere (e.g. Skype) so kids/family can get a hold of us works out to be similar. Like I said, I thought about it but I was paying over $120 for the same 2 lines back then so the math was a little different. We also don't have a home phone so my wife uses her iPhone quite a bit as a result.

It doesn't appear that it would work out too well for us in particular, even if I consider getting a home phone. But with the right scenario, I could see it working for some.

If you're not stuck on a contract, you could always try it out for a month or two. Worst case, you could always go back to using your iPhone.
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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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Dell Voice is pretty good. Keep in mind though that the iPad Mini isn't as portable as a phone. There may be times where you just want to go out with a phone in your pocket. With a tablet, you will need to hold it, or carry it in a bag.
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