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Whats better option? Data Sim or Mobile WIFI

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Hi. I'm looking at purchasing a tablet. However I do want to be able to have internet access when not at home. So do I purchase a data sim or do I purchase a mobile Wi-Fi - Just looking for peoples… Read More
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1w, 5d agoPosted 1 week, 5 days ago
Hi. I'm looking at purchasing a tablet. However I do want to be able to have internet access when not at home. So do I purchase a data sim or do I purchase a mobile Wi-Fi - Just looking for peoples opinions on either. Thanks for looking.
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1w, 5d agoPosted 1 week, 5 days ago
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#1
Mobile Wi-Fi would give you the flexibility to place it in optimal position if you find yourself in places with poor coverage.
#2
xfaxfa
Mobile Wi-Fi would give you the flexibility to place it in optimal position if you find yourself in places with poor coverage.
Plus Tablet would be cheaper if it was Wifi only....
#3
You ommitted a third option: tether the data from your smartphone. That may be the most flexible and cost-effective and solution if you have (or could reasonably obtain) ample data with your phone package, and may mean you do not need to pay extra for the tablet to have cellular capability. Some operators' t&c for handset SIMs may not support tethering but most Android handsets for example can use a simple app costing one-off £6 to enable tethering via wifi or bluetooth regardless of the operator. As with any external data source, consider power requirement expectations (battery life).
#4
AndyRoyd
You ommitted a third option: tether the data from your smartphone. That may be the most flexible and cost-effective and solution if you have (or could reasonably obtain) ample data with your phone package, and may mean you do not need to pay extra for the tablet to have cellular capability. Some operators' t&c for handset SIMs may not support tethering but most Android handsets for example can use a simple app costing one-off £6 to enable tethering via wifi or bluetooth regardless of the operator. As with any external data source, consider power requirement expectations (battery life).

Yes I have used my mobile data in the past but it drains it (Only 5gb on phone) for the usage so I have normally had 10Gb (use between 4-8gb a month on an ipad)
#5
xfaxfa
Mobile Wi-Fi would give you the flexibility to place it in optimal position if you find yourself in places with poor coverage.

Good thinking
#6
AndyRoyd
You ommitted a third option: tether the data from your smartphone. That may be the most flexible and cost-effective and solution if you have (or could reasonably obtain) ample data with your phone package, and may mean you do not need to pay extra for the tablet to have cellular capability. Some operators' t&c for handset SIMs may not support tethering but most Android handsets for example can use a simple app costing one-off £6 to enable tethering via wifi or bluetooth regardless of the operator. As with any external data source, consider power requirement expectations (battery life).

mrew42
xfaxfa
Mobile Wi-Fi would give you the flexibility to place it in optimal position if you find yourself in places with poor coverage.
Plus Tablet would be cheaper if it was Wifi only....

It does come in cheaper just the wifi model - however over a 24 month period the cost of a Wifi (20pm) or Data Sim (15pm) I am looking at only a tota of £10 more cost to purchase the wifi/cellular at the end of it. Plus do I want to remember to take the little box with me when I'm out and about - when I can just pick up the tablet knowing the sim is on.

Wifi box - most are 12-24 months, if I go for SIM I can sign up to 1/12/24 months or even PAYG if its not working.

Decisions decisions eh 8)
#7
sarahbrooks0107
AndyRoyd
You ommitted a third option: tether the data from your smartphone. That may be the most flexible and cost-effective and solution if you have (or could reasonably obtain) ample data with your phone package, and may mean you do not need to pay extra for the tablet to have cellular capability. Some operators' t&c for handset SIMs may not support tethering but most Android handsets for example can use a simple app costing one-off £6 to enable tethering via wifi or bluetooth regardless of the operator. As with any external data source, consider power requirement expectations (battery life).
mrew42
xfaxfa
Mobile Wi-Fi would give you the flexibility to place it in optimal position if you find yourself in places with poor coverage.
Plus Tablet would be cheaper if it was Wifi only....
It does come in cheaper just the wifi model - however over a 24 month period the cost of a Wifi (20pm) or Data Sim (15pm) I am looking at only a tota of £10 more cost to purchase the wifi/cellular at the end of it. Plus do I want to remember to take the little box with me when I'm out and about - when I can just pick up the tablet knowing the sim is on.
Wifi box - most are 12-24 months, if I go for SIM I can sign up to 1/12/24 months or even PAYG if its not working.
Decisions decisions eh 8)
Anything approaching £15+ per month for a data SIM with a specific data bandwidth limit is nuts considering that you can obtain unlimited 4G data from 3 at equivalent to £19 / month and that includes 600mins and unlimited texts, so potentially saving the cost of your talktime contract. Maybe you need to consider all your cellular requirements and consolidate them into one product, or if already contractually committed for an existing talktime contract, consider consolidation nearer the contract end?
#8
Actually, there's a SIMO deal on here via Voda for monthly 20GB data (tetherable) and unlim mins & unlim txt at equiv £11.25 / month on 12month contract. So for less than total £12/month that's absolutely all your cellular comms requirements covered for both smartphone and tablet, except the hardware cost of the handset which presumably is zero as you already have one, (your S5)?
#9
AndyRoyd
Actually, there's a SIMO deal on here via Voda for monthly 20GB data (tetherable) and unlim mins & unlim txt at equiv £11.25 / month on 12month contract. So for less than total £12/month that's absolutely all your cellular comms requirements covered for both smartphone and tablet, except the hardware cost of the handset which presumably is zero as you already have one, (your S5)?

I have another 12 months on my S7, so can't move on that, but could I put the above sim you mention in an iPad? The only thing I thought you Normally have to activate the sims you need to be able to send texts and you can't do that from an iPad can you?
#10
sarahbrooks0107
AndyRoyd
Actually, there's a SIMO deal on here via Voda for monthly 20GB data (tetherable) and unlim mins & unlim txt at equiv £11.25 / month on 12month contract. So for less than total £12/month that's absolutely all your cellular comms requirements covered for both smartphone and tablet, except the hardware cost of the handset which presumably is zero as you already have one, (your S5)?
I have another 12 months on my S7, so can't move on that, but could I put the above sim you mention in an iPad? The only thing I thought you Normally have to activate the sims you need to be able to send texts and you can't do that from an iPad can you?
I may have mentioned equiv £11.25/m but it's actually equiv of about £10.90/m over 12months when factoring £10 TCB. Voda allow tethering on the 20GB/m 12m SIMO handset contract so should be fine to use as a quasi data-only SIM. Not clear what you mean by sending texts but activation on that Voda SIM does not require the user to send any texts. Is it not cheaper to buy the wifi-only version and use a cheap Voda handset to tether from, and benefit from the Voda unlimited minutes / texts? £17.50 for a Voda 3G handset. Deal options are at
https://www.mobiles.co.uk/vodafone-pay-monthly-sim-card?tariffcode=VK3VMMAY17
https://www.mobiles.co.uk/vodafone-pay-monthly-sim-card?tariffcode=VK3XMMAY17
https://www.topcashback.co.uk/mobilespayg-and-accessories/
https://groceries.asda.com/product/view-all-mobile-phones/vodafone-first-7-black/910002584953
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01H6MMT08
#11
AndyRoyd
sarahbrooks0107
AndyRoyd
Actually, there's a SIMO deal on here via Voda for monthly 20GB data (tetherable) and unlim mins & unlim txt at equiv £11.25 / month on 12month contract. So for less than total £12/month that's absolutely all your cellular comms requirements covered for both smartphone and tablet, except the hardware cost of the handset which presumably is zero as you already have one, (your S5)?
I have another 12 months on my S7, so can't move on that, but could I put the above sim you mention in an iPad? The only thing I thought you Normally have to activate the sims you need to be able to send texts and you can't do that from an iPad can you?
I may have mentioned equiv £11.25/m but it's actually equiv of about £10.90/m over 12months when factoring £10 TCB. Voda allow tethering on the 20GB/m 12m SIMO handset contract so should be fine to use as a quasi data-only SIM. Not clear what you mean by sending texts but activation on that Voda SIM does not require the user to send any texts. Is it not cheaper to buy the wifi-only version and use a cheap Voda handset to tether from, and benefit from the Voda unlimited minutes / texts? £17.50 for a Voda 3G handset. Deal options are athttps://www.mobiles.co.uk/vodafone-pay-monthly-sim-card?tariffcode=VK3VMMAY17https://www.mobiles.co.uk/vodafone-pay-monthly-sim-card?tariffcode=VK3XMMAY17https://www.topcashback.co.uk/mobilespayg-and-accessories/https://groceries.asda.com/product/view-all-mobile-phones/vodafone-first-7-black/910002584953https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01H6MMT08

Thanks for your help, I'll look into this
#12
AndyRoyd
You ommitted a third option: tether the data from your smartphone. That may be the most flexible and cost-effective and solution if you have (or could reasonably obtain) ample data with your phone package, and may mean you do not need to pay extra for the tablet to have cellular capability. Some operators' t&c for handset SIMs may not support tethering but most Android handsets for example can use a simple app costing one-off £6 to enable tethering via wifi or bluetooth regardless of the operator. As with any external data source, consider power requirement expectations (battery life).
Andy, what;s a good tethering app for an SG4 on EE please?
#13
pooool
AndyRoyd
You ommitted a third option: tether the data from your smartphone. That may be the most flexible and cost-effective and solution if you have (or could reasonably obtain) ample data with your phone package, and may mean you do not need to pay extra for the tablet to have cellular capability. Some operators' t&c for handset SIMs may not support tethering but most Android handsets for example can use a simple app costing one-off £6 to enable tethering via wifi or bluetooth regardless of the operator. As with any external data source, consider power requirement expectations (battery life).
Andy, what;s a good tethering app for an SG4 on EE please?
If the EE arrangement allows tethering, suggest just use the standard Android hotspot feature. If the t&cs don't support tethering, use the FoxFi app and key to tether via wifi, bluetooth or USB
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxfi
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxfi.key
#14
AndyRoyd
pooool
AndyRoyd
You ommitted a third option: tether the data from your smartphone. That may be the most flexible and cost-effective and solution if you have (or could reasonably obtain) ample data with your phone package, and may mean you do not need to pay extra for the tablet to have cellular capability. Some operators' t&c for handset SIMs may not support tethering but most Android handsets for example can use a simple app costing one-off £6 to enable tethering via wifi or bluetooth regardless of the operator. As with any external data source, consider power requirement expectations (battery life).
Andy, what;s a good tethering app for an SG4 on EE please?
If the EE arrangement allows tethering, suggest just use the standard Android hotspot feature. If the t&cs don't support tethering, use the FoxFi app and key to tether via wifi, bluetooth or USBhttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxfihttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxfi.key
Thanks Andy, mucho appreciado...

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