Re: Is it weird to carry around an iPad...
You can use data for that with Google Voice and Hangouts. I wouldn't recommend this as your primary phone if you're using T-Mobile (can't comment on Sprint) as their data network is frequently not reliable enough for VoIP where I've used it, but AT&T and especially Verizon handle this well. In fact, I cut my Verizon bill in half by "downgrading" to 30 anytime minutes and unlimited data for $45/month and solely relying on Hangouts for texting and calling people. It works exceptionally well.
Originally Posted by doctordwaynewilliams
Unless you have unlimited data, texting and calling this way will obviously use up your data instead of minutes and texts, but you're far better off buying an extra GB or two of data to make up for the calls and texts you make and not paying for standard minutes and texting. 1GB of data should give you around 1500 minutes of VoIP calls through Hangouts, and texts use way less data. Google Voice/Hangouts even includes picture MMS and group texting now.