Nov 04 AT 5:21 PM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi-only version delayed till next year

The WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab was first spotted in a Best Buy buyer’s guide last month, but we were unable to confirm if it was actually coming out. My friend Kellen from Android Life just informed me that a new leak suggests it has been delayed till after the holidays.

Best Buy’s internal memo says we should see the WiFi-only Tab come post-holiday, but I’m starting to doubt if that will ever happen. Samsung already confirmed they are working on a Honeycomb tablet which we expect early next year and the timing for a WiFi-only Tab just doesn’t make sense anymore.

Kellen is also reporting that the Verizon Galaxy Tab selling for $599 will require a month-to-month data plan even though you can buy it without a contract. If you were still hoping to get a commitment-free Tab, then the T-Mobile version might be your best bet right now.

Source: Android Life

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  • http://Website UDTSeal

    Super FAIL for Samsung. No excuse for this other than them kissing up to the carriers. At least they’ve made the decision of what tablet to get that much simpler… ABS… Anyone BUT Samsung!!!
    Besides… I’m still waiting to get Froyo on my Galaxy S.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Hey the carriers are their biggest customer. They got to keep them happy or they might stop buying.

      • http://Website NeoteriX

        Actually, my guess is that they still haven’t figured out the Android market issues… If I remember correctly, having 3G wireless connectivity has been and is a requirement for full Google licensing compliance and access to the Android Market.

        I don’t believe there’s been one legitimate non-3G Android device yet…

  • http://Website onlyever

    As the original article noted, you may have to activate the Verizon Tab on a plan, but you can immediately cancel because it is contract-free. And, even if you do stay in the plan, there is still no contract.

  • http://Website Alex

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! FAIL Samsung! No I’m sad; boo hoo :(

  • http://Website Peter

    The carriers know that the Wifi only version of the iPad is selling better than the 3G version.

    This is what is bothering the carriers.

    Samsung probably knows the Wifi only version sells better. However, to make the carriers happy in the long run ( and also for future adoption of their other Android smartphones), this is perhaps a better decision for them.

    Fucking carriers.

  • http://Website Usman

    I’m 100% confident that this decision is completely due to Samsung’s propensity to bend over and grab their ankles whenever the carriers demand. All so that carriers can sell more Tab’s with their data contracts. Nice work Samsung. Good thing I was counting on you screwing it up to begin with. I’ll continue waiting for a real manufacturer to bring an Android tablet to market.

  • http://Myinkedspace.com My inked space app

    Wth everyone seems so harsh on samsung.. They have to make carriers happy im sure down the.roaf we will get the wifi one… Maybe with the honeycomb. everyone needs to back off samsung they cant make everyone happy all the time…. down load my inked space app give a try thanx…

  • http://Website NAPOLI

    it’s irrelevent to say that the carrier’s are the biggest customer’s we who are not should be consider as well

  • http://Website EVERCLEAR

    PLEASE DEREGULATE ALL THIS AND MAKE IT ALL AVAILABLE TO THE CONSUMER. BUY ANY PHONE WITH ANY SERVICE….HAVE WIFI ONLY AVAILABLE AND MY FREEDOM RING. ALL THIS CARRIER CONTROL IS OLD SCHOOL LIKE BACK IN THE EARLY ATT DAYS WHEN ATT WAS A MONOPOLY ON THE TELEPHONE INDUSTRY. IT REALLY IS VERY COMPLICATED AND FRUSTRATING TO THE CONSUMER AND THE INDUSTRY STILL SEAMS TO BE LAGGING IN WAYS TO NICKEL AND DIME PEOPLE FOR SERVICE THAT IS SOMETIMES ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS. ALL THAT MONEY PAID AND EVERYONE COMPLAINS HOW THEY STILL CANT WATCH AN ENTIRE YOU TUBE VIDEO WITH OUT IT COLAPSING. DO WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR 10G.

  • http://Website Cintron15

    I want to know if this cell phone have a Wi-fi….,,I need to know please…