Recommended LTE-ready tabs for Haiti

Hi all,
I hope this question is not redundant, but I searched and couldn’t find
similar previous posts. Does anyone have recent experience choosing a
data-ready tab that works well with Haitian carriers (Digicel, Natcom,
etc)? Going WiFi-only on our mobile devices would make the work
significantly more challenging, as reliable WiFi (even in PauP–and most
but not all of this work will be done in rural areas) is really not
something we can count on.

I’m looking to launch a CommCare application in Haiti by mid-November 2016,
and we were thinking 7" for field workers (the majority) and 10" for about
a dozen devices that will be more facility-level; unlocked/LTE-ready (can
take a Haiti sim card); price is obviously a consideration. I’ve reviewed
the Recommended Phones
https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/Recommended+Phones+and+Choosing+a+Phone
and Tabs page, which is what helped me narrow down to Samsung Galaxy tabs
A, E, Lite
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Galaxy-Lite-7-Inch-Dark/dp/B00HWMPSL0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476225500&sr=8-1&keywords=Samsung+tab+3+lite,
and a few other Galaxy options. The WiFi-capable options are plentiful, but
I’m having a hard time finding ones that are LTE-ready (unlocked,
international, not tied to a US carrier). I did find a May-2015 Samsung
Galaxy Tab A 9.7"
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VFIWHSE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1QPS08K9FKKNF
version that is unlocked for $290, and a Nov-2015 Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6"
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015RKYXZA/ref=psdc_1232597011_t1_B00VFIWHSE
version unlocked for $198, but I’m wondering if there is anything newer,
and smaller (closer to 7").

Perhaps the answer here is that we should choose to operate on a phone
instead of a tab, but wanted to check here first…
Thanks in advance for any insights!
Jessica

We have a project in Haiti using the 7" Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, which you
mentioned, successfully. Our partner procured the devices in Haiti, and
they are not locked to a carrier. Sorry I’m not sure where they procured
them. I don’t believe they are LTE though- 3g at best. They do have SIM
card slots, but when purchasing be careful to specify that requirement!
There is a 7" Tab 4 Lite
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_tab_4_7_0_lte-6241.php that you
might be able to find as well, which does appear to have LTE.

··· On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 4:41 PM, Jessica Teng wrote:

Hi all,
I hope this question is not redundant, but I searched and couldn’t find
similar previous posts. Does anyone have recent experience choosing a
data-ready tab that works well with Haitian carriers (Digicel, Natcom,
etc)? Going WiFi-only on our mobile devices would make the work
significantly more challenging, as reliable WiFi (even in PauP–and most
but not all of this work will be done in rural areas) is really not
something we can count on.

I’m looking to launch a CommCare application in Haiti by mid-November
2016, and we were thinking 7" for field workers (the majority) and 10" for
about a dozen devices that will be more facility-level; unlocked/LTE-ready
(can take a Haiti sim card); price is obviously a consideration. I’ve
reviewed the Recommended Phones
https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/Recommended+Phones+and+Choosing+a+Phone
and Tabs page, which is what helped me narrow down to Samsung Galaxy tabs
A, E, Lite
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Galaxy-Lite-7-Inch-Dark/dp/B00HWMPSL0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476225500&sr=8-1&keywords=Samsung+tab+3+lite,
and a few other Galaxy options. The WiFi-capable options are plentiful, but
I’m having a hard time finding ones that are LTE-ready (unlocked,
international, not tied to a US carrier). I did find a May-2015 Samsung
Galaxy Tab A 9.7"
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VFIWHSE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1QPS08K9FKKNF
version that is unlocked for $290, and a Nov-2015 Samsung Galaxy Tab E
9.6"
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015RKYXZA/ref=psdc_1232597011_t1_B00VFIWHSE
version unlocked for $198, but I’m wondering if there is anything newer,
and smaller (closer to 7").

Perhaps the answer here is that we should choose to operate on a phone
instead of a tab, but wanted to check here first…
Thanks in advance for any insights!
Jessica


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Field Manager | Dimagi
phone: 860 502 7288

We have successfully found a vendor in Haiti who carries Tab 3s and Tab 4s,
and are still deciding how to proceed. I believe Tab 4 is the older 2014
version of the new Tab A–does anyone have thoughts on whether it’s really
not ideal to buy a 2-year old version of an android tab instead of a
current version, given how quickly they become obsolete? This project is
only 2 years long, but we’d ideally want to use these tabs for other
projects in the future, etc.
Thanks,
Jessica

Thank you, Matt! Perhaps the difference is that you procured them in Haiti --any idea of the cost per device? 3G would be okay as well.

I will look more into the 4 Lite and inquire about procuring in Haiti. I appreciate your input, thank you!
Jessica

··· > On Oct 12, 2016, at 7:37 PM, Matt Levasseur wrote: > > We have a project in Haiti using the 7" Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, which you mentioned, successfully. Our partner procured the devices in Haiti, and they are not locked to a carrier. Sorry I'm not sure where they procured them. I don't believe they are LTE though- 3g at best. They do have SIM card slots, but when purchasing be careful to specify that requirement! There is a 7" Tab 4 Lite that you might be able to find as well, which does appear to have LTE. > >> On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 4:41 PM, Jessica Teng wrote: >> Hi all, >> I hope this question is not redundant, but I searched and couldn't find similar previous posts. Does anyone have recent experience choosing a data-ready tab that works well with Haitian carriers (Digicel, Natcom, etc)? Going WiFi-only on our mobile devices would make the work significantly more challenging, as reliable WiFi (even in PauP--and most but not all of this work will be done in rural areas) is really not something we can count on. >> >> I'm looking to launch a CommCare application in Haiti by mid-November 2016, and we were thinking 7" for field workers (the majority) and 10" for about a dozen devices that will be more facility-level; unlocked/LTE-ready (can take a Haiti sim card); price is obviously a consideration. I've reviewed the Recommended Phones and Tabs page, which is what helped me narrow down to Samsung Galaxy tabs A, E, Lite, and a few other Galaxy options. The WiFi-capable options are plentiful, but I'm having a hard time finding ones that are LTE-ready (unlocked, international, not tied to a US carrier). I did find a May-2015 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" version that is unlocked for $290, and a Nov-2015 Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6" version unlocked for $198, but I'm wondering if there is anything newer, and smaller (closer to 7"). >> >> Perhaps the answer here is that we should choose to operate on a phone instead of a tab, but wanted to check here first... >> Thanks in advance for any insights! >> Jessica >> -- >> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "commcare-users" group. >> To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to commcare-users+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. >> For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. > > > > -- > Matthew Levasseur > Field Manager | Dimagi > phone: 860 502 7288 > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to a topic in the Google Groups "commcare-users" group. > To unsubscribe from this topic, visit https://groups.google.com/d/topic/commcare-users/mcxef089QvU/unsubscribe. > To unsubscribe from this group and all its topics, send an email to commcare-users+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.

I believe they cost our partner less than $100 US each. I’ve inquired
about it; I can let you know what I hear back. Hopefully they can give me
the name of the vendor as well.

··· On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 8:19 PM, Jessica Teng wrote:

Thank you, Matt! Perhaps the difference is that you procured them in Haiti
–any idea of the cost per device? 3G would be okay as well.

I will look more into the 4 Lite and inquire about procuring in Haiti. I
appreciate your input, thank you!
Jessica

On Oct 12, 2016, at 7:37 PM, Matt Levasseur mlevasseur@dimagi.com wrote:

We have a project in Haiti using the 7" Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, which you
mentioned, successfully. Our partner procured the devices in Haiti, and
they are not locked to a carrier. Sorry I’m not sure where they procured
them. I don’t believe they are LTE though- 3g at best. They do have SIM
card slots, but when purchasing be careful to specify that requirement!
There is a 7" Tab 4 Lite
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_tab_4_7_0_lte-6241.php that you
might be able to find as well, which does appear to have LTE.

On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 4:41 PM, Jessica Teng jeteng@gmail.com wrote:

Hi all,
I hope this question is not redundant, but I searched and couldn’t find
similar previous posts. Does anyone have recent experience choosing a
data-ready tab that works well with Haitian carriers (Digicel, Natcom,
etc)? Going WiFi-only on our mobile devices would make the work
significantly more challenging, as reliable WiFi (even in PauP–and most
but not all of this work will be done in rural areas) is really not
something we can count on.

I’m looking to launch a CommCare application in Haiti by mid-November
2016, and we were thinking 7" for field workers (the majority) and 10" for
about a dozen devices that will be more facility-level; unlocked/LTE-ready
(can take a Haiti sim card); price is obviously a consideration. I’ve
reviewed the Recommended Phones
https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/Recommended+Phones+and+Choosing+a+Phone
and Tabs page, which is what helped me narrow down to Samsung Galaxy tabs
A, E, Lite
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Galaxy-Lite-7-Inch-Dark/dp/B00HWMPSL0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476225500&sr=8-1&keywords=Samsung+tab+3+lite,
and a few other Galaxy options. The WiFi-capable options are plentiful, but
I’m having a hard time finding ones that are LTE-ready (unlocked,
international, not tied to a US carrier). I did find a May-2015 Samsung
Galaxy Tab A 9.7"
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VFIWHSE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1QPS08K9FKKNF
version that is unlocked for $290, and a Nov-2015 Samsung Galaxy Tab E
9.6"
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015RKYXZA/ref=psdc_1232597011_t1_B00VFIWHSE
version unlocked for $198, but I’m wondering if there is anything newer,
and smaller (closer to 7").

Perhaps the answer here is that we should choose to operate on a phone
instead of a tab, but wanted to check here first…
Thanks in advance for any insights!
Jessica


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Thanks so much! Wow, $100 per unlocked tab, that’s excellent. Looking forward to hearing what they say,
Jessica

··· > On Oct 12, 2016, at 8:59 PM, Matt Levasseur wrote: > > I believe they cost our partner less than $100 US each. I've inquired about it; I can let you know what I hear back. Hopefully they can give me the name of the vendor as well. > >> On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 8:19 PM, Jessica Teng wrote: >> Thank you, Matt! Perhaps the difference is that you procured them in Haiti --any idea of the cost per device? 3G would be okay as well. >> >> I will look more into the 4 Lite and inquire about procuring in Haiti. I appreciate your input, thank you! >> Jessica >> >>> On Oct 12, 2016, at 7:37 PM, Matt Levasseur wrote: >>> >>> We have a project in Haiti using the 7" Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, which you mentioned, successfully. Our partner procured the devices in Haiti, and they are not locked to a carrier. Sorry I'm not sure where they procured them. I don't believe they are LTE though- 3g at best. They do have SIM card slots, but when purchasing be careful to specify that requirement! There is a 7" Tab 4 Lite that you might be able to find as well, which does appear to have LTE. >>> >>>> On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 4:41 PM, Jessica Teng wrote: >>>> Hi all, >>>> I hope this question is not redundant, but I searched and couldn't find similar previous posts. Does anyone have recent experience choosing a data-ready tab that works well with Haitian carriers (Digicel, Natcom, etc)? Going WiFi-only on our mobile devices would make the work significantly more challenging, as reliable WiFi (even in PauP--and most but not all of this work will be done in rural areas) is really not something we can count on. >>>> >>>> I'm looking to launch a CommCare application in Haiti by mid-November 2016, and we were thinking 7" for field workers (the majority) and 10" for about a dozen devices that will be more facility-level; unlocked/LTE-ready (can take a Haiti sim card); price is obviously a consideration. I've reviewed the Recommended Phones and Tabs page, which is what helped me narrow down to Samsung Galaxy tabs A, E, Lite, and a few other Galaxy options. The WiFi-capable options are plentiful, but I'm having a hard time finding ones that are LTE-ready (unlocked, international, not tied to a US carrier). I did find a May-2015 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" version that is unlocked for $290, and a Nov-2015 Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6" version unlocked for $198, but I'm wondering if there is anything newer, and smaller (closer to 7"). >>>> >>>> Perhaps the answer here is that we should choose to operate on a phone instead of a tab, but wanted to check here first... >>>> Thanks in advance for any insights! >>>> Jessica >>>> -- >>>> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "commcare-users" group. >>>> To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to commcare-users+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. >>>> For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. >>> >>> >>> >>> -- >>> Matthew Levasseur >>> Field Manager | Dimagi >>> phone: 860 502 7288 >>> >>> -- >>> You received this message because you are subscribed to a topic in the Google Groups "commcare-users" group. >>> To unsubscribe from this topic, visit https://groups.google.com/d/topic/commcare-users/mcxef089QvU/unsubscribe. >>> To unsubscribe from this group and all its topics, send an email to commcare-users+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. >>> For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. >> >> -- >> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "commcare-users" group. >> To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to commcare-users+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. >> For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. > > > > -- > Matthew Levasseur > Field Manager | Dimagi > phone: 860 502 7288 > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to a topic in the Google Groups "commcare-users" group. > To unsubscribe from this topic, visit https://groups.google.com/d/topic/commcare-users/mcxef089QvU/unsubscribe. > To unsubscribe from this group and all its topics, send an email to commcare-users+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.