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July 22, 2013

Would Data Only SIM Cards Work for You?

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I read a very interesting article this morning about, Data Only Sim Cards. Yes we do have them in 3G tablets as a means of communicating while on the go. In my Nexus7 I have a Three UK 1GB Sim card on PAYG which costs me £10 each time a top-up. As I mainly use Wi-Fi and, only use the 3G when out-n-about this plan suits me just fine.

The one area that annoying me was sending sms, you know text and pictures etc. to family and friends. The Data plan only allowed for just that, Data and not using a normal messenger app. This lead me to use MightyText a SMS text messaging ↔PC Texting. But as of late I’ve been trying out textPlus Free Text + Calls (both links below)

In Anthony Muzonzini article on AndroidPit he talks about his frustrations with networks in his home country of Canada. Charges for services that should be free or ones never used.

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Being someone that currently resides in Canada, it’s not difficult to become frustrated with mobile carriers such as Rogers, Bell and Telus. For one, they usually bundle their services together, making a customer pay for services they may never actually use and also charging money for services that should be available for free. An example of services which should be free that are charged for by these companies are voicemail and incoming calls.

Another source of frustration for the average user on such mobile carriers is the exorbitant charges with the average mobile phone bill being north of $50 per month which is thought of by many to be too much. Then the albatross of the 3-year contracts in Canada (although these are being phased out) makes the situation even worse.

Thankfully though, thanks to services such as WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Facebook and more recently Fongo, people really don’t have to rely on mobile carriers such as Rogers and Bell as much as they did in the past.

So you can see the link between us, with Anthony and myself with the N7 and Data only plans. In Canada and USA they have very different service charges compared to us in the UK.I would go so far as to say our Networks, although charge inflated monthly price plans are nonetheless better at bundling services together.

So would a Data only SIM card work for you? There are numerous messenger apps on Google’s Play store for tablets.
For communicating to other members of Beginnerstech staff we use Line as we can ‘Talk’ to each other One-on-One or in a group session.
What do you use other than stock messenger apps? give us your view below in the comments box.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini