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A laptop gives you more options than a tablet. You can get screens up to 15.6 inches.
Stores like JB HiFi can assist you.
Regarding internet coverage, if you already have a home phone account with Telstra, you can get a post paid internet connection. Post paid is cheaper than pre-paid. Home internet is also very much cheaper than wireless. Most plans are at least 50GB which is more than you will use, just for Skype. Depending where you live, you can usually get ADSL or cable. Cable is faster and better is available.
If you buy a tablet, you can only use a sim for wireless.
You can use Skype with both tablet and laptop.
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No the Tablet/laptop was for the kids. I have my own in Brisbane with access to wifi and 1G usb mobile,
there is no house phone. They just use their mothers Iphone4s atm which understandably can be a hassle.
Depending how old your children are, if at school they would possibly already have a laptop?
Skype works similarly whether laptop or tablet.
You would need a tablet that accepts a sim, not just a wifi tablet.
Tablets, generally do not accept USBs.
The simplest way is to get an iPad on a Telstra plan Wireless plan that does 3G/4G wireless LTE 4G/4GX, that comes with a tablet SIM like on a phone plan.
Or get a regular iPad that can wireless tether to your phone and use the data plan on your phone that can have for $10 1GB of data added as you run out per/month.
E.g on a $55 dollar plan if you run out, it will cost you an extra $10 to top up with an extra 1GB for the month to $65 for the month. You can't top up on the 25GB plans, as it costs per extra MB.
Telstra thinks that no one needs more than 25GB per/month when on wireless data!!!
Video calls work best on 4G without buffering and glitching, with the faster data speeds!