This seems like a simple enough concept, and yet customers who want a smartphone but only want to pay for voice services can't get it. And customers who want to forgo voice service for data-only services are also not able to get what they want. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer some advice and explanation to a reader on this topic. Gaming the system. Dear Maggie, I don't need a voice plan for my smartphone. I just want a data-only plan so that I could use Google Voice and Skype for any calls that I might need. But I'm confused. The wireless carriers I've talked to claim that you can't use a tablet SIM card in your smartphone, so that you can get a data only plan.
But I've talked to some store representatives who say it can be done, And I've read online about people being able to this, I've also read other blogs and message boards where people say it can't be done, because the carrier needs the device IMEI number to register the it with the lovecases floral art iphone 8 / 7 case - blue reviews service etc, My first question is what's the right answer here? And if carriers don't allow it, why not? Seriously, why can't I have just data on my Samsung Galaxy S3 or on the Galaxy Note 2? Something doesn't add up here..
Thanks, Nemanja. Dear Nemanja, In theory, you should be able to take a tablet SIM card and use that in a smartphone, so long as the SIM cards are the same size. (SIM cards now come in different sizes: micro-SIM, nano-SIM etc.). But another thing you need to do is to make sure is that the network technologies and supported radio frequencies are compatible. For example, wireless subscribers on a GSM network, such as AT&T's or T-Mobile's, have always enjoyed the flexibility of a SIM card, which allows them to change service on a device simply by removing their SIM from one device and placing it in another.
By contrast, CDMA doesn't use SIM cards, So CDMA wireless customers on services, such as Verizon and Sprint, have had to call and request that their service be changed each time they get a new device, But as these carriers roll out LTE, this will no longer be the case, LTE also uses SIM cards, which means that service could be switched from one device to the next by popping out the card and putting it in another lovecases floral art iphone 8 / 7 case - blue reviews device, What this means for you is that you should be able to pop out a SIM from a GSM carrier's tablet or an LTE tablet and use it in a smartphone..
As you point out in your question, the major carriers don't sell data-only SIM cards. So the data SIM you would use for your smartphone needs to come from an already activated tablet. Once the SIM has been activated, and the IMEI number on the device has been recorded by the carrier, you should be able to put it into a smartphone or even a Mi-Fi device. Verizon Wireless has publicly acknowledged that this is possible, although the carrier doesn't promote the practice. The company told the blog Phonenews.com in March that you could use your SIM on another device and the service from that SIM would then move to the new device.