Jeff Adelmann, Director of Business Product Marketing for Sprint, suggested that telephony be added to tablets. He also went on to say that tablet adoption may continue at a slow rate until the functionality is included. What he didn’t say was why, if that’s the feeling Sprint has, did they decide to not offer telephony in the original Samsung Galaxy Tab which launched overseas with telephony. In fact many 3G capable tablets have launched overseas with the ability to make phone calls.
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“When tablets become a communication device, then you want ubiquitous connectivity, and Wi-Fi can’t provide that,” Adelmann said.
Sprint may also begin offering shared data plans so that customers can have a smartphone and a tablet device on the same plan sharing the same data bucket. Currently Sprint still offers unlimited data on smartphones and it’s unclear if that would carry over to tablets with telephone capabilities.
The argument can be made that Adelmann may be wrong about telephony as surveys have often concluded that tablet users, use their tablets in bed and in public wifi spots. Of course we can’t be a judge of something that isn’t currently available in the states. Sprint and other US carriers would have to look at data available in European and Asian markets where tablets have telephony included.