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Can a tablet with 3G or 4G (LTE) be used as a cellphone?

by pemisan / May 2, 2012 1:35 AM PDT

I have an elderly lady friend who needs a home phone, email, occasional web surfing and streaming video (TV) - all-in-one portable device. Can a tablet do all that? Or do you have to add something like a VoIP adapter/phone?

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Samsung makes one like that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2012 1:43 AM PDT
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Thanks Bob - I agree
by pemisan / May 2, 2012 2:40 AM PDT

I had a look and found "Call Functions - Multitasking", which seems to imply that it has phone functionality, but no details. ATT wasn't much better. I'll wait to see if any others can help.

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So ATT won't answer?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2012 2:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Bob - I agree

That's very strange. They are usually very chatty at the store about the products.

I know the next size down has the phone, but this one is one I haven't checked out in deep detail. It does do Skype so would you consider that a phone call?
Bob

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I meant the ATT website
by pemisan / May 2, 2012 3:20 AM PDT
In reply to: So ATT won't answer?

I know Skype would work, but was looking for actual cellphone functionality using built-in speaker/mic and Bluetooth headsets. The ATT site only gives basic details.

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I meant the ATT store.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2012 3:27 AM PDT

If they won't talk to you, no sale. I agree on that point.

But I have seen folk make "calls" on the Samsung Galaxy Tab with the cell phone in it. But you may want more assurance than that so your best insight would be to go to the store that has this model and get a demo.
Bob

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Samsung tablet as cell phone with AT&T
by gordonka / July 7, 2012 8:20 PM PDT
In reply to: I meant the ATT store.

it does NOT work because AT&T gutted this function in the Samsung models delivered for the US - shame on them... Models for Europe are fully functional, though... And if you unlock your tablet I am sure there are ways to make it work - there are articles about it on the net....

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This area moves too fast.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2012 11:49 PM PDT

Months ago at some meeting (I am in some work that involves cellular) I saw this make a call over the cell phone so I used that for my answer.

Thanks for the correction. As this is an old discussion, it's now closed.
Bob

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