While I was on vacation WIRED ran a piece which I bookmarked to post about when I got home. The TL;DR can be found in the url for the post: "phones are tablets.
" Hey, didn't I write about this back in September of 2013
? Yay me!
Anyway, two calendar years later, the point still stands. If data from your carrier is too expensive you may be surprised to find a much cheaper alternative in the form of a data-only tablet plan. For the missing pieces of the puzzle—voice and SMS—the likes of Skype, Vonage, Viber, Fongo, etc. have got your back. My VoIP provider, VoIP.ms, has had full SMS functionality since July of 2014
And talk about savings... the example given by WIRED is a $30, 3GB/month iPad plan from T-Mobile USA, versus a $60/month iPhone plan with voice. Here in Canada you can still get 5GB on a tablet for $40/month from Rogers
. The closest comparable rate I found for a smartphone is if you bring your own and pay them more than double for less data—$90/month for 4GB
Thing is, this is very clearly a kludge. People still make voice calls, apparently, and your VoIP stand-in may or may not end up sounding as good as what your carrier has on offer for your phone. And while your SIM-enabled tablet may or may not support SMS out of the box
, MMS is most likely a no-go. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on this.