Sep 16 AT 7:17 PM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab confirmed for all 4 major U.S. carriers, WiFi-only model also in the works

Tonight Samsung held a media event in NYC and announced the news we all knew was coming – the Galaxy Tab is headed to all four major U.S. carriers this holiday shopping season. No pricing or actual ship dates were revealed, but AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are all on board to offer the 7-inch tablet this fall.

Each version of the Galaxy Tab will have software “optimized” for the carrier (bloatware), but we do not know yet if there will be any hardware differences like we saw with the Samsung Galaxy S lineup. It is expected that each carrier will subsidize the device, so look for the Tab to debut around $200-300 with 2-year contract.

Even though most carriers are starting to push their 4G networks this fall, all versions of the Tab will only support 3G data.

Specific launch details should be available in the coming weeks and months. Hopefully we will get some pricing info and ship dates during next month’s CTIA show on October 6th.

Samsung also let it slip that a WiFi-only version of the Tab was in the works. This is different from what we were told at IFA earlier this month, so it sounds like Samsung listened to everyone’s feedback and decided it was a good idea.

With recent speculation suggesting HTC and Motorola are waiting till early 2011 to launch their tablets, the Galaxy Tab looks to be the best available Android tablet this holiday season. LG could have a Tegra 2 tablet out in Q4, but nothing specific has been announced at this time and it wouldn’t surprise me if they adjust their plans.

I’m still having a hard time swallowing a second device tied to a carrier, but we have to wait and see what kind of plans are announced for the Tab. It is a unique device for the carriers, so I expect we will see some special plans created just for the Tab.

How much per month are you willing to spend for 3G data on the Tab? Would you fork over another $30 like we see on most smartphone data plans?

Via: Engadget

Source: Samsung

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  • geniusdog254

    “Would you fork over another $30 like we see on most smartphone data plans?” – No.

    As much as I hate to admit it, AT&T hit the pricing just right with iPad data plans. If only it were like 500MB and 2.5GB instead of 200MB & 2GB. Keep it at the same price points though. It’ll be nice if they apply those prices to the Tab plans too, but I guess we’ll see.

    • http://Website Doug E. Doug

      I’m more of a fan of the wireless hot-spot sharing on my N1 yet I think if you’re naive enough to get a separate data plan for the device it needs to be unlimited 3G, 3.5G, 4G data.

      Let’s face it, we’re all going to be streaming movies etc to these bigger devices (that’s what they have bigger screens after all, am-i-rite?) and 500MB’s/month ain’t gonna cut it in the long run. Personally, I can’t wait for the first report of an idiot who let their kid stream Sponge Bob while vacationing in Europe who came home to a $45,000 bill. Just you wait…

  • http://Website Cesar

    Not willing to pay a dime for 3g when I can tether trough my phone…. Nexus One…..

  • Killa

    WiFi version in the works? The Samsung Galaxy Tab just got a little more exciting.

  • Dave

    I wouldn’t mind forking over $30, but it my case it might just be $20, depending… But, imma be honest, I’d probably cut off data on my phone because i’d really have no use for it. I mean come on i’d be gettting a better experience on the tab than any smartphone.

  • http://Website Ruben

    I would happily pay an extra 10 or 15 bucks on my existing data account with T-Mobile. Another thirty is ridiculous and would mean me waiting for wi-fi version.

  • http://Website Mario

    I just really don’t see the point of these tabs. Especially if you already own a laptop which are much more powerful and capable. Plus we don’t have to sign up for a contract or pay an extra fee to use the internet…

    • Killa

      True, true… but tablets are really cool. : ) As long as the price is right, it can be worth it.

  • A-Droid

    What I would need for it is a second SIM card tied to the same data plan as my original one in my Nexus One.

  • http://Website Richard j Smith

    Why should I fork over another $30.00 a month for data on another device when I already have a data plan. I should be able to share the plan between two devices. I will wait for a wifi tablet. But I want Android.

    • http://Website Sean LeRoy

      Exactly…I’ve also thought, “why should I pay both my cable co and my cell provider double for access to the internet?!”

  • Vince

    Forking $200 or even $300 for a 7in tablet? I will havetta see everythin laid out n the table. Usually all these providers AT&T, Sprint etc would offer somethin bundled with the tablet. So i guess I’ll just wait for those bundles especially if I am gonna be tied for a 2yr contract

  • http://Website zed

    If the wifi only verion cannot make calls does this not mean that the full suite of google app / market will not be available or have i understood this wrong. i would love this when it is UK bound but not tied to a contract.

  • http://Website A Man A Plan A Canal

    I really think this 7″ tablet is sweet (for todays market). BUT, I will use my brain and wait for a couple major things first:

    1) Android Gingerbread.
    2) Chrome OS.
    3) Google TV.
    4) Vanilla Android Tablet.

    I’m thinking the sweet spot for buying a tablet will be sometime in Feb of 2011 when all the early adopters are dumping their Samsung tablets for the real tablets soon to be announced.

    Don’t get me wrong though. If I had disposable income I’d be all over this bitch.

  • http://Website Sean LeRoy

    Nope, I wouldn’t fork over another $30/mo. Plus no voice on the US model = no vid chat, unless you read lips I guess = no buy

    • http://Website JJ

      it has a mic buddy! what they mean is that it doesn’t have a cellular radio in it….so no phone calls but will have a 3G and wifi which allows video calls..

  • http://Website Maxy

    So, we also have phone and these tablets? Can we keep using both of them together with 1 sim card? Like which is convenient for that place.. if we going to a club, we can use our regular smart phones.. if we are at work.. then these tablet with the same phone number? Is that possible?

  • http://Website RageGuy

    Some pre-production tablets have been passed out to employees of Sprint and Verizon, Battery life is horrid on these pre production models. Also, If you even think..And believe..this is going to fit in your pocket. THINK AGAIN :D! IT DOESN’T. JOKES ON YOU. By the Way it can Make calls…So get used to pressing your face against something that feels like a notebook.

    • http://Website mapin

      Appropriate name RageGuy.
      How about a source regarding your poor battery life claim?
      And who is arguing that it fits in a pocket?
      Furthermore, the recent reports on Engadget suggest the USA version will not have a cellular radio (ie you won’t be able to use it as an oversized cell phone).

      • http://Website Mr. Crowley

        * Android 2.2 running TouchWiz 3.0
        * 7-inch TFT LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution (WSVGA)
        * Weighs 380 grams
        * 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
        * 16GB or 32GB internal storage
        * microSD expansion for up to 32GB additional storage
        * Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and rear 3 megapixel camera with flash
        * 4,000mAh battery
        * 3G data / voice (there’s a speakerphone and Bluetooth for phone calls, but no earpiece)
        * 5GHz dual-band 802.11n WiFi
        * Standard back color is white, carriers might offer different colors
        * Full HD video playback
        * There’s a 30-pin dock connector on the bottom that allows for HDMI, USB, and docking accessories (a car dock at least is planned)

        According to En gadget. The Phone does Have the capability to Make Phone Calls. I dont know about pressing it to your face, as it doesnt have an earpiece. But As stated above. Pulled Straight From Engadget, This Device will have the Capabilities of making phone Calls.

        As for Battery and Pocket size, It can fit in your pocket…unless you’re wearing Chick Jeans. and Battery is still in the open for Debate. Its a TFT LCD screen, Maybe it will Fall upon Deaf ears as the greatest thing ever until HTC brings out their Tablet with gingerbread.

  • http://Website Gee

    I’m a huge Android supporter, but right now, iOS is much better suited for tablets and wouldn’t even consider a Froyo tablet. Though the hardware of the Galaxy S is definitely better.

    Right now it looks like I’m going to wait for either the iPad 2 with hopefully much better specs or a Gingerbread tablet. But right now the iPad is underwhelming hardware wise and the Android tablets are just huge EVO’s to me (MUCH MORE so than the iPad being a huge iTouch).

    • http://Website mapin

      My sentiment exactly. Wait for Gingerbread tablet options and iPad version 2 options. Get a wifi version to just tether to my N1. Done.

  • http://Website Stella

    Would you fork over another $30 like we see on most smartphone data plans? No

    At first I was going to pass on the Galaxy Tab but if a wifi version is release that doesn’t tie me to a carrier, I’ll consider purchasing one. I only hope Samsung doesn’t wait too long to deliver the wifi version after the launch to the carriers. LG, Motorola, and HTC’s tablets are just around the corner. So many options, I love Android.

  • Dave

    Wi-Fi only version would be great if Wi-Fi was offered everywhere. Even public Wi-Fi to me seems harder than breaking the US National Defense, & it’s seldomly offered in my area & unfortunately i don’t have a Nexus one, & I heard the WiFi hotspots is a feature on Android 2.2 Froyo, but my phone dies so quickly i wouldn’t really benefit from it, tryna hotspot that connection to the tab. So, idk. But, i do agree that we shouldn’t pay extra if we already have a data plan. I mean it is unlimited, why can’t it be shared. We’re already in the recession & @ the cheapest price data plans are still expensive, cut us some slack & look at the economy

    • http://Website Todd

      They’re able to give you an “unlimited” data plan because they know you’ll never use anywhere near an unlimited amount when you’re using that tiny little screen. On this screen, ever carrier will be like AT&T in San Francisco. Their bandwidth will be so saturated, that no one will ever be able to do anything over 3g.

  • http://Website Todd

    “This is a private video…”

    I don’t expect to see the wi-fi only version until after Gingerbread comes out. Although, considering that I’m no longer sure Gingerbread will be the version of Android for tablets, I’m no longer sure about anything about Android.

    I only have two concerns with the Tab: The price of course; I had hoped to just use my phone sim to be able to access 3g, but since this is no longer a phone, it doesn’t look like I’ll be doing that. I’d prefer to buy this outright, but it can’t be more expensive than the 3g iPad.

    The other issue is this only has 2gb of hardwired memory. It should have 8gb, with an additional 8 on the included sd card.

  • http://Website nate

    Anyone who buys one of these or the other single core tablets is gonna feel like a dumbass come February.

  • http://Website druss-does

    well this is actually kind of neat. i was running into a huge dilema. i have a nokia n900 and everyone who gets one knows that its like doing a black guy, once you get it you never go back, but any way i have a n900 but i was missing anroid. lets face it android browsing power, built in flash and chrome to phone, i mean,come on, thats bad fuckin ass. i came from a n1 to a n900. this is great though, now ill have a media device with great capability and huge screen, and i can have my teather running on my n900 so no matter what my tab will be connected to t-mobiles hspa+ cuz the n900 does 10 mbps down and use the tab to brows internet, watch movies, games, ect. all this leaving more important things to my n900 like snatching people wifi packets clean out of the air(be afraid.), but i digress, i really like this stuff though.

  • Digital Magazines

    I don’t really see the appeal of a WiFi only model. Yes it will be cheaper, which is great, but unless you live in a big city where there’s free WiFi points all over the place, you’re really limited to where you can get online. I’d definitly prefer to pay less for a Tab on a subsidised contract and have the 3G option so that I can access the net where and whenever I want. Without constant access to the net, tablets are basically not much better than giant mp3/mp4 players.

    Either way, can’t wait to see what price the Tab is released at here in the UK