Bill, I don't know if this is worthy of the digest. I thought it would of interest to the gadget geeks here. If it's not digest-worthy, you know where your delete key is. :-)
Ever since the iPad was introduced I've toyed with the idea of a tablet. I didn't want yet another contract and monthly bill. I looked at mostly wifi-only devices. I finally decided on Android and bought a Huawei Ideos 7" tablet.This is not an endorsement of Best Buy, just where I happened to buy it.
I had a real surprise when I got it home. The box said it was 3G. But I have only seen it advertised as a wifi-only device. When I installed the battery I saw the SIM card slot. I inserted a SIM and discovered I had just purchased an unlocked Android phone the size of a tablet for just under USD $300. I had 3G speeds and was able to talk and SMS from the tablet.
I have never seen a new unlocked Android anything anywhere close to this price.
I thought I would flag this in case anyone else is looking for such a device. It's a sleek device and I really like it. We were discussing LEDs a few weeks ago and one of my pet peeves is bright and blinking LEDs. This tablet appears to have none. So it sits on my nightstand and serves as an alarm clock and bedside radio when I'm not using it as a tablet.