The Galaxy Tab continues to make the rounds to all the major U.S. carriers and the wheel of destiny has landed on Big Red today.
The Verizon flavored Galaxy Tab will ring up for $599 without contract and for those that would like a subsidized price you can apparently keep dreaming or take your business to T-Mobile or Sprint. If you want to make use of the 3G radio you can sign up for a month to month contract starting at $20 for 1GB. From there you can step up your data with $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.
With the iPad+MiFi bundle hitting Verizon stores on October 28th for $630 (matching the 3G iPad on AT&T) the Galaxy Tab is managing to eke out a slight price advantage, but certainly not enough to sway a buyer on price alone.
I’m surprised that Verizon isn’t at least offering the option of going on contract with the Tab and I can’t help but feel that it may be in deference to Apple as there can’t be an on contract iPad for Verizon at the moment. A Verizon spokesperson has responded to such questions saying that the no contract model is the direction they have chosen to take for tablets, but we’ll just have to see if they stay on message once other 3G enabled tablets start launching next year.
What are your opinions on the pricing strategy for the Galaxy Tab. Is $599 retail too much? Would you have preferred a subsidized contract option? And is 1GB going to cut it for your tablet data consumption or does 3GB seem more like the bare minimum?
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Verizon Wireless Puts Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ In Stores In November
BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and DALLAS, TX – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ will be available Nov. 11 for $599.99. Running on Androidâ„¢ 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 www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab.