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If using a 7-inch tablet as a phone sounds like your idea of a good time, then the ASUS Fonepad is probably your ideal choice of device. And while the massive phone (or normal-sized tablet) isn't set to hit the streets until the end of the month, you can snag one right now from eBay Daily Deals. But there's a catch.

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When ASUS officially announced the Fonepad back at Mobile World Congress, it also mentioned a $250USD price tag (despite the fact that the device isn't even slated to hit US soil), with retail pricing in other parts of the world hitting similar numbers (219 eruos, 179 pounds). No matter which way you slice it, the conversions are less than $300 across the board.

But it's going for $360 on eBay Daily Deals.

At first blush, this seems like a ripoff, but when you break it down, it's not so bad for some people. For example, since the device isn't going to be officially available in the US, the only way to get one will be to import it. And shipping for something like that can be quite costly. If you order from eBay, there's no fee for shipping – it's just $360 out the door. In that respect, it may actually save you a little bit of money.

Of course, there's always the whole "I had it before the official release" factor, too. If you want to out-hipster your friends, this is one way to do it.

Since this is part of eBay's Daily Deals, it's only available for the day (or until they're sold out), so if the Fonepad is the phone/tablet hybrid for you, head below to buy.

ASUS Fonepad from eBay Daily Deals

via Slickdeals

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Duan Hechter

    Remember about the import tax / VAT / customs admin you may have to pay when importing...

  • lordmerovingian

    Seriously...?!!!

    • sssgadget

      I am sure bluetooth headset will work.

      • lordmerovingian

        Ofcourse, but the hilarity of actually holding it up to one's face is unparalleled.

    • Matthew Fry

      At least it's not 4:3 like the ipad mini. That'd look even goofier.

  • http://twitter.com/GMsupr MetaCloud

    Here In Finland we have this 249,90€ for pre-order so much cheaper!

  • slogoodland

    Vat smat who cares,get a pack a smokes if u grab ur ankles in prison, o by the way I'm texting from my cell!

  • slogoodland

    If ur a midget u will have a problem,major woody 2 the rescued!

  • slogoodland

    ZTE commie device do not buy

  • Derail Doax

    Okay I'm interested. However is there even a way to get this working on T-Mobile? I thought Tmo filters by ESN so you can't use a tablet device on their Smartphone plans. So really what is the point in importing it?

    • Chris

      Yes you can. I have mine on T Mobile right now.

      • Derail Doax

        O RLY?! I must have! Screw getting a Note 2!