Jan 12 AT 12:25 PM Sean Riley 27 Comments

Sprint drops price on Samsung Galaxy Tab to $299 on contract

Word of a price drop at Best Buy for the Sprint Galaxy Tab leaked out via some images last week, but Sprint has beaten Best Buy to the punch and now list their Galaxy Tab for $299 on contact and $499 without contract.

I haven’t been able to puzzle out if it is possible to order the Galaxy Tab without a contract as someone that is not presently a Sprint customer, but I have an inquiry in to Sprint PR and will update this post when I get an answer. Otherwise if any of you Sprint users that are more adept with their website than I would care to weigh in that would be appreciated.

With the Motorola Xoom and a slew of other more powerful Android tablets ready to hit the market in the next 1-3 months (including Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab 4G) we are in the final days for the current Galaxy Tab to make the most of its status as the only Android tablet with official Market support.

For those that haven’t picked up a Galaxy Tab yet does the new pricing get you any closer to making a purchase or are you Honeycomb or bust?

Update: I heard back from Sprint and they confirmed that you can pick the Tab up for $499 without a contract. So if you don’t feel like waiting for that WiFi only version you can amble into your local Sprint store and snap one up right now.

Source: Sprint

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 5 years and covering mobile for the last 6. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Reg

    Honeycomb or bust! No telling how long you’ll have to wait for a honeycomb update on this outdated thing….if at all with Samsung’s record!

  • Prince77

    I am a Sprint customer, and I don’t understand the purpose of the tablets at all. If they were to combine it with contract is already have for me EVO, I may think about it. But right now to different contracts for one provider is crazy to me.

    • http://Website Mark

      Tell me about it! This whole tabs thing is just stupid to me. They are trying to turn it into another phone business model so they can rip people off some more. Thank God, it’s not a necessity like a cell phone or a laptop.

      • Prince77

        It’s bigger than a cell phone but smaller than a laptop. I can do everything on my phone that I would do on a tablet, it’s pointless.

    • http://trueacu.com acupunc

      Amen . . . I just don’t get it unless you are using a tablet as a phone/always connected device. Hell, I’m around WiFi most all the time anyways. . . why do I want to pay an over-priced data plan for a tablet, especially for 3G?

      Really, if a tablet needs a contract then it should be priced similarly to a smartphone–all the same hardware just bigger which means the phone should cost more.

      It’s just companies price gouging early adopters. . . we expect this behavior form Apple and carriers. . .

  • http://Website @neidlinger

    I wonder if this is precursor to the wi-fi table coming out.

  • http://Website adryan

    Totally waiting for a honeycomb tablet. And the size is also a bit of a bummer. But with the hardware of the XOOM and other devices im waiting. IF they dropped it to maybe 200 then i would consider but i would still probably wait

    • http://Website Dylan Andersen

      The Tab fits in my pocket. Enough said.

      • http://Website qriusme

        but then so does your phone…

  • http://Website Mark

    Unless it’s free, I have no interest in tabs whatsoever!

  • http://Website John

    I have no interest in any tablet, regardless of price, that requires me to sign a contract for cellular service. Makes absolutely no sense to me. Did they do their market research on this at all?

    I already have an iPad, and I love it (wifi), and would like an Android table as well, when a viable wifi only version comes out.

    That’s what tethering is for. I’m already paying a contract for my phone, I have no interest in doing the same for my tablet.

    • http://Website Lucian Armasu

      I’m sure they know themselves it doesn’t make much sense to have a 3G tablet, but they’d rather have a new category of devices to hook you in for 2 years than simply be retail stores for wi-fi tablets. If tablets are sold through carriers, the carriers will obviously have the incentive to try to sell you one with a 2 year contract. In turn, they are forcing manufacturers to release the Wi-Fi version months after the 3G/4G version.

  • http://Website Lucian Armasu

    If carriers and manufacturers really want to sell tablets with contracts they need to make them all $300 AT MOST, with a 2 year contract.

    • http://Website joe

      Not even $300 is worth it for a tablet when you also have to sign a contract.

      At the very most, they should be priced the same as phones, around $180.

      I don’t get how they think a lot of people are going to pay $300 plus sign a contract when a lot of people, including me, think tablets are worthless when you can do the same things on a 4 inch phone.

  • http://None.com Kai

    These things will be “Free with a new contract” soon, so why bother shelling out hard cash right now? Patience is hard to come by, it seems…

  • http://Website Sammy

    The fact that the price of the Galaxy Tab is coming down should indicate that the WiFi only version is right around the corner. With these new prices, I bet the WiFi version of the Tab will be showing up at Best Buy for $399 or less.

    That’s still not the magic price point, but it’s certainly a lot better than signing another contract.

  • http://Website Elitebattlefield

    Nice, but a day late and a dollar short for Samsung. For the average consumer this is awesome for those who waited.

    • http://Website Elitebattlefield

      Also 1 out of the 12 Sprint Stores I called knew about the price drop. The others had absolutely no idea lol.

  • http://www.fifthmissionmarketing.com Andrew

    will this tab never get the honeycomb update?

  • http://Website James Farrior

    That didnt take long….LOL at all early adopters who forked out 599 squid!

  • http://www.clhmedia.com clhmedia

    i totally agree, the cellular companies are dropping the ball here hoping people will sign up for a data plan on their phone and on their tablet. which is why the US manufacturers are blocking phone functions on the tablets. if they had an option to merge plans for an extra $10-$20 a month i would bet they could see triple the residual profits compared to separating the devices. sounds like sales people got a hold of the P.R. department to fatten sprint wallets over gaining more customers and keeping current ones happy

    im going to wait to see 3.0 on a 10 inch tablet that i can re-mod to open the phone feature. if no such device exists by may/june 2011 i probably get the evo

    p.s. i wonder what sprint has in store for this february 2011 press release they are offering? i think its just about a 4g 10 inch tablet

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  • http://Website Donald peterson

    Really like the ease of configuration. Easy plain english.

  • http://www.fellowgeek.com Erfan

    I played with the Galaxy Tab in my local BestBuy and I have to say the screen dosen’t feel nice to touch! the apps are just bulky and it feels like a big Android phone… I want to see Honey Comb on a tablet…

  • http://Website Louis

    I tried to buy a sprint galaxy tab today from bestbuy and was told sprint no longer offers the galaxy tab without a contract. i also tried ordering one through sprints website and found no option to get one without a contract, what gives?

  • http://Website Mr. Sprint lover

    The gaxlaxy tab is the best thing to hit the sprint store fyi you can enable the phone on the tab its called voip for a extra 10 bucks a month

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