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What are the on-going Costs of owning a Tablet


wee eddie
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The cost of Buying one and which one to Buy are a different question, for later.

I have BT Broadband and one of their fancy wireless Routers.

What else would I need and what are the likely running costs

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On the subject of internet access, your tablet should have a slot for a micro-SIM from your mobile phone provider. I recommend that you get one of these, it will cost a few pounds a month, and will provide you with internet access pretty well everywhere you go.

My iPad connects all over the country and abroad. You didn't ask for tablet recommendations, so I'm not going to bang on and on about the iPad, other than to say that it outsells all other tablets by miles, and when you use one you realise why.

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"you mentioned BT Broadband at home - does this not give you access to wi-fi hospots nationwide?"

Indeed it does - free of any additional charges.

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morddwyd

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"Indeed it does - free of any additional charges."

If you can find them!

I've never come across one yet.

Yes, I know you can log on and find them, but the idea is not to have to go looking for them!

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interzone55

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morddwyd

If you do a search for wireless networks from your mobile device you'll see lots of BT FON networks - these are BT Home Hubs & Business Hubs. You can connect to these FOC if you have a BT Broadband connection at home.

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morddwyd

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alan14

I can assure you I am constantly searching for wireless networks from my mobile device ( a Galaxy Note, previously a Galaxy S1) and the only one I have ever found is my next door neighbour, not a lot of use!

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Confab

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morddwyd

Have you tried this? - Fon Network

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wee eddie

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Unfortunately you need to be able to access the Net to be able to download and use "The Fon Network" site, which makes it more or less useless if you are looking for one!

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morddwyd

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confab

As I said in my first post, of course you can log on and go looking for them, but that is not the idea!

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wee eddie

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What is the approximate range of one of these Fon Sites?

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The important thing to remember is that a tablet is a computer - it will do whatever your current machine can do, although it may use different software applications to do it.

So... ongoing costs.

First off, buy a case for your tablet. My iPad has a fancy leather one, because it travels with me more or less wherever I go, and I wanted something that looked nice, and would withstand being handled a lot.

Other than that, your ongoing costs will be limited to the amount of software you decide to buy. If you decide on an iPad you'll be able to get more or less everything you want at little or no cost.

What else? Nothing really - just enjoy mobile computing in an easy to carry format.

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