Verizon will soon be a one-stop shop for all your tablet needs. Come November 11th, the wireless carrier will be selling the Galaxy Tab alongside the iPad. The only thing is, the Galaxy Tab is a bit more expensive at $600 without any sort of subsidy and doesn’t come with a MiFi. But hey, maybe you have and Android tattooed on the underside of wrist and would rather have a 7-inch tablet rather than a 10-inch. Fine by Verizon. They’ll be happy to sell you whatever you want.
Buyers will have the option of adding on a $20 monthly data plan that will give their Galaxy Tab 1GB of data. That’s the same price as Verizon’s iPad plan.
This announcement actually answers a lot of questions about the Galaxy Tab’s US release. Samsung made it known a few weeks back that the US’s four major carriers would sell the tablet, but details were absent. Now we can properly speculate.
Verizon’s approach is slightly different than Sprint’s leaked plans where there will be an on-contract pricing scheme. Verizon is simply selling the tablet at retail. They aren’t making their buyers lock in two years of their lives to save $200. Of course this strategy probably has something to do with the company also selling the iPad, but there’s no way to know for sure.
Clearly the pricing is up to the four carriers and not regulated by Samsung. This is best for consumers anyway as there might be better deals at a certain carrier over another. Competition is healthy.
Verizon Wireless Puts Samsung Galaxy Tab™ in Stores in November
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab™ will be available Nov. 11 for $599.99. Running on Android™ 2.2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch touch screen; robust HTML Web browsing experience with full support for Adobe® Flash® 10.1 for video and mobile gaming; and a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application processor.
“This is an incredible time in mobile technology, and as a company we’re excited to add the Samsung Galaxy Tab to our portfolio,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab brings together the reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network and the power of Android 2.2 to deliver on our promise of providing consumers and business customers with a host of options to help manage their lives.”
Popular mobile applications, including V CAST Music and V CAST Song ID, VZ Navigator®, Slacker Radio, Kindle for Android, BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® presented by V CAST Video, and the exclusive golf game, “Let’s Golf,” will be available on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. In addition to text, picture and video messaging, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will also feature V CAST Apps, Verizon Wireless’ mobile storefront offering hundreds of applications for businesses and consumers at launch.
Verizon Wireless customers can add a monthly access plan beginning at $20 a month for 1 GB on their Samsung Galaxy Tab. For additional features and specifications on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab.