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  1. keninct

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    I don't make many calls, so most of the time my (Verizon) Note 3 is used as an undersized 4g-enabled tablet. I'd like to go larger, but it seems nothing in the 8"+ range has normal cell phone functionality, and I can't forego voice entirely. Anyone have creative suggestions for a guy like me? I researched, for example, going with a smartwatch for phone, plus a small tablet. But, at Verizon at least, it seems like there are no true stand-alone smartwatches that are permitted without a companion phone.

    I just wish they would make an 8 or 9 inch phablet. I don't care, I'll hold that sucker to my ear in a pinch.
     

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    Other than a Galaxy Mega, I don't know what to tell you. That's about the biggest phablet I know of with voice capability.
     
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    Asian 3G variants of the Samsung Tabs are voice call capable. The Galaxy Tab A 8.0, Galaxy E 8.0, and Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 are all voice capable. At least the versions sold here.
     
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    There's plenty of 7, 8 and even 9 inch phablets in Asia, mostly Chinese. But they're NOT going to work with Verizon though, i.e. a US CDMA/EVDO network. Verizon you can only use what they sell, or approved and compatible BYOD.

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    What about Verizon Ellipsis devices, do they have phone functionality or are they data only?
     
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    Ohh. CDMA bites again. You can probably use some of the Samsung Asian version tablets on TMobile (AFAIK they're GSM). But other than that....
     
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    I had an Ellipsis 8 for about 15 minutes:thinking:. No voice.
     
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    Get a tablet with data and use Google voice + Google hangouts dialer. I used that for a long time works pretty well.
     
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