When the first PadFone appeared, we were blown away by the possibilities it opened. We hoped that the PadFone would allow users to circumvent the carriers’ restrictions on tethering, but most networks simply refused to carry it. The promise of one device (and one data plan) to rule them all didn’t come true.
Users interested in the PadFone had to buy it unlocked, from an importer or from overseas locations where the device actually sold.
The same goes for the new PadFone 2, the slicker, more powerful successor of the original all-in-one device, which Asus launched last month with twin events in Taiwan and Italy. The PadFone 2 will be available in Europe and Asian markets by the end of the year, but if you live elsewhere, you might be in for a indeterminately long wait.
But worry not, the PadFone 2 can be yours right now, with a bit of work. Redditor imkharn got himself a PadFone 2 from Taiwan (the sole market where the device is currently selling) via eBay. With a bit of deception, he got it to work with an AT&T SIM, though only on 2G. If you want 3G/LTE, you will need a mobile hotspot. Note that being a GSM device, the PadFone 2 will not work on a CDMA network (Verizon and Sprint).
The guide imkharn put together is quite helpful and informative. You will have to spend more than $900 to get the PadFone 2, but if you have that kind of disposable income, head to the source link for the full guide. Good luck and we hope you enjoy your PadFone 2!
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Just a tip: If you want to stick to one plan, buy a wifi-only tablet and use your phone as a mobile hotspot when you need to use the internet on it. The only downside is that your phone’s battery would run out faster, so just turn the hotspot on when you need it.
Asus, please make a phone, just a great phone with ext-SD and removable battery like Samsung.
Can’t understand why they don’t.
I second that….although I believe the dock may have an SD card slot…which means it’s a “BUY” for me! :)
i want that email widget! anybody know of a similar looking one on the google play store?
This phone is a beast. I have run quadrant, whilst on the stock Android 4.0.4 I think it is (ICSS).. Below..
Love Padfone 1… and looking forward to #2.
Just wish a US Carrier would offer it!
You say: “Note that being a GSM device, the PadFone 2 will not work on a CDMA network”
yet when I query the seller on eBay (funnybom) or Asus HQ they say that this phone, shipped from Taiwan, does not support 3G on GSM.
It is described as supporting WCDMA.
So are there two versions of this phone?