Purchasing a Tablet: Be Careful if You Are Purchasing a Tablet

Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert DRE #SA554748000

Purchasing a Tablet: Be Careful.  

I just purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet from Fry's Electronics in Phoenix. I did not see any problem with it until today when I went to my Verizon Store to connect it to their 3G/4G network. To my surprise, I was told that my new tablet would only work with WiFi and not on their network. I thought I had done my homework and was getting the tablet I wanted. I have had an Android phone for the last two years, so I wanted an Android tablet so I would not have a new learning experience.

I have quite a few land and cabin listings in remote areas near Seligman where Verizon offers the best coverage. The tablet is going to be quite enabling as it will allow me to carry my custom maps and other documents anywhere I need to go. As a real estate agent, I will also cover a lot of ground where there may not be access to hotspots. I expect the GPS technology in the tablet to enable me to do a lot of wonderful things.

Purchasing a Tablet: Be Careful.  WiFi is NOT the same as 3G/4G cell phone service.

Comments (6)

Steve Ewing - Keller Williams Realty
Keller Williams - Stockton, CA

John - The technology changes so quickly that it is hard to keep up with what works with what.  You would think the sales people would have asked about who you use for your phone and then set you up accordingly. Thanks for the post.

Nov 20, 2012 10:24 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Steve -- I made a drive to Phoenix to shop at the BIG Fry's Electronics Store specifically because I wanted to see and hold the tablet and I wanted the salesman's help. I asked the questions that I wanted to ask but we did  not discuss how the connection to the outside world would be made.

When I was at the Verizon Store today, they told me that if I wanted the 3G/4G connection, I had to buy the tablet at Verizon.

I have a Verizon Jetpack hotspot with a little more time on it. I will experiment with that for a bit. I do not want to extend my Verizon Contract meaning that I need to be careful about those implications, as well.

Nov 20, 2012 10:31 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sorry you had to learn the hard way.  I hope you can return it.  Most of these devices come both ways.

Nov 20, 2012 10:41 AM
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert

I have  not went the tablet route but getting really close to going for one. I hope you get yours working.

Nov 20, 2012 10:42 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Grant -- I have a few days to return the tablet and the Verizon one is the same price. I think I am OK to return it unless Verizon sticks it to me by wanting to extend my contract.

Nov 20, 2012 10:56 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Chuck -- I think I can make the tablet work. I also have a small but powerful VIAO laptop. If I don't get the tablet working as I want, I will set up my laptop to work in my car using my Verizon Jetpack Hotspot.

Nov 20, 2012 10:58 AM