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Old 10-30-2013, 03:40 PM   #41
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Well I'm in sort of the same position as this. I want to use the check deposit app of my internet bank. I have an old ( 8 yr ) retarded tracfone, don't think I've made more than couple of calls on it in the last year. I bough an android tablet last year just to play with, I don't think I've turned it on in six months.

What I have found is the check app doesn't respond to things that aren't identified as a "phone", also you need the rear camera the phone has to capture the check image.

Tracfone has now started selling an android phone for ~$100 and it is wifi capable, which you can use it where you can get wifi and not use minutes. That might be worth a look.
I'm glad you mentioned this. I did not know it would require a phone line. I just assumed it could be transmitted through your wireless connection.

I will have to talk to the bank now, cause I most definitely wanted this capability. I'd rather have a 7", then phone, but if it's not going to work then I would need to re-think it.

I do have one of those devices for traveling. It's called Millenium or something close to that. I can get 20 Gig per month for $60, but then they charge you a disconnect fee as well (maybe $40) It works very well, and I have used it on extended trips, along with a mobile router so we can share connection on two laptops or devices.

A lot of RV people use it, cause it gives you the most Gig (or at least did at the time I bought it) for the money. I bought the USB stick. I think it was $100 (not sure) They have other type devices that act as a central router as well for more. So for lengthy trips, I would take that with me and enact it.

On the GPS application for a unit like the Nexus 7 that your able to use without phone service, I did a bit of reading on these, and one that stands out is called CoPilot. It cost $10 for US, but also has sells maps for other countries as well. From all my reading, it seems that the Google Maps have a lot of limitations as far as charting more than one trip at a time. Point A to B, then point B to C, and then point C to D. So I think if you want to try one out you should consider this one or at least read reviews on them.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #42
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You said you have an Asus Transformer? It has a camera (I know, I have one!)
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Thought I'd post this in case anyone else is interested" I called my bank and spoke to the manager about the check deposit application. They confirmed what the other poster said. It currently only works with phones.
That was the bad news he said. But the good news is that they are coming out with an application by year end, that will work with tablets.

So if anyone was interested in this for a tablet, I would first check with your bank (or banks)
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LSBCAL. If your son likes to play games on his smartphone or watch You Tube, he will probably like it. But kids are always texting each other, so unless he is somewhere that has wifi, he won't be able to do this on the Nexus 7 when he is away from the house, unless you get him the newer one LTE model from Google that has available phone service.

He will surely like it, but nothing will replace their smart phone for everyday use. Kids like new electronic "toys". Most of the enthusiasm on the electronic forums are from younger kids. (Not to say us older folks don't like these toy's either) And unless he has another hobby he is really into, it will probably please him much more than some new clothes etc.
Sorry modhatter, I had not noticed this post in your earlier thread.

I probably did not make it clear about the birthday present situation. DS is 29 and recently started a new job. He doesn't have a lot of spare cash just yet and his phone is probably OK but not an up to date smartphone. He doesn't want to commit to a 2yr plan right now so is using month to month one. He has an older laptop and a TV in his apartment with Neflix. No game machine but if he wants that he'll have to spring for it. So that is the general picture.

I'm delighted with my wifi Nexus 7 but not sure he would have the same information junky orientation I do. Plus he is working and I'm just retired with a lot of time to look at stuff. I think he would play some video games on a tablet.
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Just curious why you would need to do mobile checking deposits?

We hardly deal with any checks nowadays. For job checks there is direct deposit. I suppose some businesses get checks.
We don't get a lot checks but we do get some. The ones we've received this year that weren't direct deposits:

1. Insurance reimbursement checks - We paid upfront and then the carrier reimbursed us.

2. Class action settlement - we occasionally get these and they are usually for small amounts and come as a check. In fact I just found two, totalling about $17, where the checks had fallen behind something and have now expired. Sigh.

3. Windows 8 reimbursement - I bought a computer last year right before Windows 8 was coming out. The manufacturer agreed to pay the upgrade cost for Windows 8 and reimburse us.

4. Refund from physician's office - I had pre-paid, but then hit my out of pocket max so was refunded the unused balance.

5. Refund from garbage company on unused balance.

So the main categories of actual checks are insurance payments to us, class action settlements and refunds. We used to let these sit around before depositing them but now deposit them immediately by phone (the exception being the $17 in class action checks that fell behind a piece of furniture and I just found them about a month after they expired).
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I saw the headline "talk me out of buying 2013 Nexus" and from the context I thought you were talking about spending tens of thousands of dollars on a luxury Japanese automobile. LOL.

I am thinking that the Nexus hardware itself is probably not that much, but the monthly cellular subscription could be substantial.

I advise you to checkout alternative cellular providers such as ting.com where I spend only ~$13/month for light data and voice use with my android smartphone. There are others out there also (DW uses freedompop.com for $3.99 /month but this is via an external wifi hotspot)

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I'm glad you mentioned this. I did not know it would require a phone line. I just assumed it could be transmitted through your wireless connection.
Sorry, I didn't mean you need a phone line, just that the particular app I was trying use seemed to have problems installing because it didn't recognize the device I was trying to use as a compatible smart phone. I would check the app from your bank and see what the hardware requirements are. The wifi should be fine.
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I saw the headline "talk me out of buying 2013 Nexus" and from the context I thought you were talking about spending tens of thousands of dollars on a luxury Japanese automobile. LOL.

I am thinking that the Nexus hardware itself is probably not that much, but the monthly cellular subscription could be substantial.

I advise you to checkout alternative cellular providers such as ting.com where I spend only ~$13/month for light data and voice use with my android smartphone. There are others out there also (DW uses freedompop.com for $3.99 /month but this is via an external wifi hotspot)

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That's funny. You made me laugh. Yes, I know were not talking $1,000s,
but I have a way of accumulating new toys I wind up not using. Didn't really come totally clean to all the other toys I own (though the other's are in my Fl. house, not here in NV.) I got a 7" HTC (which is nice and i wish I brought it here) , a color Nook, regular Kindle, net books, other laptops and full size computers, a IPod Touch, a Samsung (sort of smart phone) I purchased refurb from Ting, that I haven't signed up for cause I still have two other prepaid phones with lots of minutes on. A 10" Transformer, a beautiful Dell XPS laptop with an unbelievable screen.

You get the picture. I don't need it. I just want it, cause I'm an electronic junkie and haven't had a fix in a while. I am also trying to learn how to economize and live on a lesser budget. But I have these two guys on each shoulder always fighting with each other.

One's holding a pitch fork, and the other has this circle above his head.
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You should be able to install any app. that runs on an Android smart phone on the Nexus 7.

That is what most Android tablets run, which are stretched apps. originally designed for phones. That is why Apple thinks they can charge more for the iPad, because they have more apps. designed for iPad screens.

So the banking app. should be able to use the camera to scan checks for deposits, unless for whatever reason, the bank wants to pull your phone number from your phone to authenticate you or something like that. I would doubt it though.
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You should be able to install any app. that runs on an Android smart phone on the Nexus 7.

That is what most Android tablets run, which are stretched apps. originally designed for phones. That is why Apple thinks they can charge more for the iPad, because they have more apps. designed for iPad screens.

So the banking app. should be able to use the camera to scan checks for deposits, unless for whatever reason, the bank wants to pull your phone number from your phone to authenticate you or something like that. I would doubt it though.
I am not an IT person, but I know they have to change the format somewhat when going from mobile format to larger format. I know some will run and some won't. I remember when I first got the Transformer, there were some popular applications that were available for the android phones, but would not yet work on the larger android tablet. They did come, but had to wait a little.
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I think that might be the case with some things like Netflix, where the DRM restrictions have to be sorted out per device.

You can search for the app on play.google.com. There should be info. there about which devices are supported. Nexus 7 is a very popular device so it wouldn't make sense not to support it.
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Thought I'd post this in case anyone else is interested" I called my bank and spoke to the manager about the check deposit application. They confirmed what the other poster said. It currently only works with phones.
That was the bad news he said. But the good news is that they are coming out with an application by year end, that will work with tablets.

So if anyone was interested in this for a tablet, I would first check with your bank (or banks)
For the rare check that I receive, I just snail mail them to my bank or brokerage for deposit. I have yet to visit one of my banks in this century.
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Although we have multiple desktops and laptops and netbooks the Google Nexus 7 2nd Generation tablet at $229 was tempting. We have had ours now about 3 months and could not be happier. What a great item. All is runing smooth and what we do with it and how we mix it in to other tools is working out well. I am now just recovering from a spinal decompresion laminectory and fusion and having this to use in the hospital and since coming home is outstanding. Light and easy to handle. No way could I hold a 10" tablet or a laptop. Now looking at replacing my phone with a Google Nexux 5 as I am afraid to stay on much longer with my dear Blackberry beyond what I have. Any users of the Nexus 5 phone?
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Got one yesterday and love it. Tried a cheapie one & took it back. This is superior in performance to Ipad mini Imo. $229 is a set price by Google likely. 16gb version...

Display is amazingly clear. Very stable too.
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