Several days ago we ran a story that Best Buy would be selling a WiFi-only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab for $499. I was a little surprised by the news because Samsung had previously said this was not their business strategy, so I went digging around to see if I could confirm or deny it.
Almost immediately after the story went up, one of my sources from a U.S. carrier informed me the Best Buy ad was incorrect and the WiFi-only Tab was not happening this year. When I reached out to Samsung they were unable to provide a comment and instead they referred me to the announcement Best Buy issued about their tablet pre-sale.
If you read Best Buy’s statement it says they will be selling the Sprint and Verizon versions of the Tab along with the Huawei Ideos S7 tablet. They mention the carrier Tabs are $599 at retail price and the Ideos is $299, but there are no details whatsoever about this mysterious WiFi-only Tab for $499.
Best Buy is notorious for advertising phones in their quarterly Buyer’s Guide that never see the light of day, but these thing are printed months in advance so you can’t really blame them.
I would love to be wrong on this one, but as of right now it doesn’t look like we will be seeing a WiFi-only Galaxy Tab anytime soon. If it was truly pushed back to “next year” I think that means it might be unofficially cancelled as Samsung gears up to launch their Honeycomb based tablet.
Update: And as soon as I hit publish, my friend Kote sends me this link. The site GSMArena has discovered a new model number GT-P1010 which they believe is a 3G-less Galaxy Tab. The found the device has already hit the FCC so maybe there is still a chance we see it hit stores. However, something makes me believe Samsung has a special deal with the U.S. carriers to not compete with them so who knows what will happen.