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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Beaker491, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Beaker491

    Beaker491 Member
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    Hi all, does any body know if you'll be able to make normal phone calls (using bluetooth earpieces or headsets) on devices running honeycomb, like the SGT2, and the G - Slate? The phone function on the first SGT is a handy thing to have. Will honeycomb support phone calls, but just be limited by the device manufacturer possibly?



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  2. Out of the box, I don't know for sure.

    But you could definitely set up your Skype (or other VoIP account that has a supported app) and talk over the "phone" with it that way.
  3. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Extreme Android User

    You would have to do something through VOIP as the devices don't physically have a cell phone radio built in.
  4. JadeEyedWolf

    JadeEyedWolf Member

    Not necessarily true. If we're talking about a WCDMA/UMTS/HSPA device, then those standards natively support the ability to make an receive circuit switched carrier phone calls. So, THAT hardware supports phone calling. If you get a device like that and you can't make phone calls right out of the box, it won't be because the hardware doesn't support it; more than likely it will be because of something else like the carrier doesn't WANT you to have a single device that does everything for you. The carrier would rather you have TWO separate devices (tablet AND phone) with TWO separate paid subscriptions, one for each. That makes THEM more money, and as such, it seems infinitely more likely that a carrier would block the calling ability of a tablet at the software level. Kinda like how they've done with the Galaxy Tab.

    Then, of course you'll get folks like me who say "F*** you!" to the carrier and take their GSM Galaxy Tab (or other crippled/locked-down device) and re-enable all the functions and features the device is actually capable of doing by OEM design. As we all well know, the hardware of the GSM Galaxy Tab is quite easily capable of making and receiving phone calls. I have a sneaky suspicion that the CDMA variation is capable of that too; it's much cheaper to take a SoC already capable of making/receiving phone calls, and implementing a few lines of code to disable that functionality, than it is to design and manufacture a whole new chip sans calling ability.
  5. armymen

    armymen Newbie

    i wonder the same thing,
    i just order a Eee Pad Transformer TF101 but doest not come with 3G, but i have a Android phone HTC Desire Z, will be nice let say my phone ring that my transformer ring, call display do something, link it to my phone, maybe even make direct phone Call when im arround it.
    Maybe with bluethoot or WIFI.
  6. chrisrotolo

    chrisrotolo Lurker

    could not have said this better myself... spot on...

    makes no sense.. tab webpages.. use more data? so someone with an iphone can easily rack up 10-20GB /month with streaming etc..

    no excuse really, whats largest voice and data device allowed in US, my old Dell streak 5 all I can think of at the moment..

    working on getting the Streak 7 voice unlocked....

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