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Sprint's Galaxy Tab to be priced at $399 with a two-year contract

Last week, Verizon announced that it would bring its variant of the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab to market at a price of $599 without a contract. Today, Sprint has announced the official pricing of its own Galaxy Tab offering.

Sprint's variant will cost $399 with a two-year contract. In addition, those that pre-order the tablet will receive a $50 Sprint gift card.

Sprint Galaxy Tab customers will have two data plans to choose from with their two-year contract: 2GB with unlimited messaging for $29.99/month or 5GB with unlimited messaging for $59.99/month.

“Samsung Galaxy Tab is another Android innovation for Sprint, adding a new category of wireless devices to the Sprint portfolio,” said Sprint's VP of Product Development, Fared Adib. “Samsung Galaxy Tab is a powerful entertainment device and business tool that offers our customers high-end features, including a blazing-fast processor, beautiful touchscreen for watching videos and Web browsing, two cameras, video chat capabilities and access to the Sprint 3G network with affordable rate plans that let customers take advantage of the advanced data capabilities their device offers.”

The Sprint Galaxy Tab will be made available on November 14.

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MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By JasonMick on 10/25/2010 12:34:03 PM , Rating: 3
As I guessed at here:

based on early information, Verizon's deal is far worse than Sprint's.

With Sprint you pay $399 for the device, $29.99/month for 2 GB, and get access to 4G. With Verizon you get no access to 4G, pay $599 (TWO HUNDRED more dollars), and only get 1 GB for $19.99/month. Sure Verizon's version is unlocked, but so what? The only other major U.S. carrier you could take it to (given that it has a CDMA modem) is -- Sprint. And if you did that you'd have lost $200 for no good reason.

About the only advantage Verizon supposedly has is better U.S. service/coverage, but in my own personal experience (having had both services) I just don't see much of a difference while traveling through a variety of regions. Where Sprint tends not to work, so did Verizon.

Anyways go Sprint for continuing to offer customers better deals! I would have liked to see unlimited data, but at least this is a far better deal than Verizon's.

As the Tab's hardware handily beats the iPad's it's hard not to recommend the Galaxy Tab on Sprint to anyone wanting a tablet.

RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By theArchMichael on 10/25/2010 12:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
The only other major U.S. carrier you could take it to (given that it has a CDMA modem) is -- Sprint.

or maybe Cricket... but if your shelling out $600 for a tablet I'm not sure how many people would be doing that

RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By Chaser on 10/25/2010 4:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
Don't be knocking my Cricket service. I'll be using this in The Hood as soon as they are in plastic on the Walmart shelves.

RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By Yongsta on 10/25/2010 5:15:27 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't MetroPCS larger than cricket? I believe they've already launched LTE in a few markets.

RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By micksh on 10/25/10, Rating: -1
RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By Alexstarfire on 10/25/2010 6:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand people's logic. They keep talking about the "hidden" cost of the Tab, but that doesn't make sense. If you're comparing this tab to the equivalent iPad then you have to include the price for 3g on that as well. Which is $25 a month for 2GB of data from ATT IIRC. No reason to buy the 3g version and not use the 3g. Obviously if you don't need 3g then the iPad is a better choice since you can buy it without 3g.

True, if you want to upgrade before your 2 year contact is up then you're worse off. I don't see the point in upgrading so often, but that very well is likely just me.

RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By micksh on 10/26/2010 5:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
Logic is simple. Look at B&N Nook Color for $249. It can play video, browse web, run some apps and it's got IPS display.

That's how much 7" Android tablet should cost.

By Alexstarfire on 10/26/2010 6:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, thanks for talking about a device that you probably just read about right before you posted and just had it's article come out on Dailytech after I posted my comment. I can't see into the future.

RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By YerMomma on 10/25/2010 7:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
Finally someone that understands the difference in the quality of LCD types.

I REAAAALLLLY want an android tablet, but hate using Itunes, but so far nothing has come out that matches the Ipad in specs. Either it's smaller, or has a lousy TN screen, or is bulky and heavy, or runs some old version of Android which doesn't have flash.

Why can't somebody just make a ~10 inch IPS display with Android 2.2 with decent battery life... is it really that hard???

RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By invidious on 10/25/2010 1:39:49 PM , Rating: 5
Both deals are utterly horrendous. Just buy a stand alone unit with no contract and only use wifi.

I cant imagine anyone who would want this who doesnt already have a smartphone. And its not like it replaces your smartphone. So why would you need two 3G ready devices at the same time? If you need 3G use your phone, if you want to use the tablet find some wifi.

RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By mcnabney on 10/25/2010 7:58:30 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon is the best deal if you already have a smartphone. That way you can avoid the service contract altogether for the Tablet and just tether off of your Droid or whatever when you want to use the tablet but can't get wifi.

By maverick85wd on 10/26/2010 1:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
exactly. If I'm already paying them $30 for internet on my smartphone, no way in hell am I paying $30 to have 2GB/month or $50 for 5gb/month on another device. How about I add another device for $10/month or something?

I would love to say consumers are smart and the market will adjust over time, but if it happens it's going to take a while. Too many people don't care how much it costs, they have to have the newest and best out there for image purposes (looking at you iPad group)

RE: MUCH better deal than Verizon's
By mcnabney on 10/25/2010 8:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think Sprint's Tab has 4G. Try again Jason.

By jordanclock on 10/26/2010 3:52:39 AM , Rating: 2
Verizon's version isn't just unlocked, it's non-contracted. You're quick to jump on the price of the device, but they're not subsidizing it and Sprint is. Sprint is being nice in offering a subsidized price, though it will likely require many jumps through various hoops to buy one without a contract.

I will agree that the data plan options do favor Verizon, but not the device cost.

By MrArmageddon on 10/25/2010 11:42:21 AM , Rating: 2
"...2GB with unlimited messaging for $29.99/month or 5GB with unlimited data for $59.99/month."

So which are you paying for with the $59/Month plan, 5GB or Unlimited data?

RE: Confused...
By Brandon Hill on 10/25/2010 11:44:14 AM , Rating: 3
It should say unlimited messaging. It's been fixed

RE: Confused...
By MrTeal on 10/25/2010 11:54:39 AM , Rating: 4
So generous of them to offer unlimited messaging. We all know the terrible burden SMS places on the cellular network. :P

RE: Confused...
By quiksilvr on 10/25/2010 12:00:56 PM , Rating: 2
Technically because it's Android, you already get unlimited messaging thanks to Google Voice.

But this opens a whole new opportunity. With Gmail, you can make calls to any landline or mobile in the US and Canada for free using your Google Voice number (you don't need to get your cellphone involved). I wonder if this could work on this as well and get unlimited calling....

RE: Confused...
By MrFord on 10/25/2010 12:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not "technically" unlimited, as it involves your data plan right? Either voice or SMS on Google Voice, that it.

I just can't understand these data plans...
By Boze on 10/25/2010 12:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
2006 - I had a T-Mobile Dash with (truly) unlimited data. I recall downloading around 19 GB or so in a single month.

2007 - I upgraded to a T-Mobile Wing and I was still consuming much more than 5 GB a month in data.

2010 - I have a Samsung Fascinate with Verizon Wireless, and I have unlimited data.

4 years have passed since I jumped on the smartphone bandwagon, and the amount of data being consumed by users has got to be far greater now than it was then... where are these companies putting their profits? It sure doesn't seem like they're trying to expand capacity, and if they are, they're certainly not doing so in a viable way. Seems like it'd be more beneficial to spend a year or two losing money to establish a blazing fast network that could handle tremendous user load, and then reap profits for a few years and continue the cycle. But maybe I'm being unrealistic...

By OBLAMA2009 on 10/25/2010 2:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
no its better to have things a little overloaded. then they can justify exorbidant charges, data caps and /price increases/tiered pricing

By GreenEnvt on 10/25/2010 1:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
Canada pretty much universally has worse cell plans then the USA (less data/minutes for more money), but we actually had a better one for a while.
Rogers has been offering a 6GB plan for $30 all summer, it just expired a couple weeks ago. It allowed tethering as well.

The plan will probably make a return at some point, it's come and gone a couple times. It did require a 3yr contract though.

By OBLAMA2009 on 10/25/2010 1:57:33 PM , Rating: 2
this thing is dead in the water. if you have a smartphone this isnt worth it. the only thing it offers is a bigger screen

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