Oct 25 AT 11:26 AM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

Best Buy buyer’s guide reveals WiFi-only Galaxy Tab for $499

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is hitting Verizon on Nov. 11th and Sprint on Nov. 14th, but what should customer’s do if they want the device without a monthly wireless data fee?

A leaked pic from an upcoming Best Buy buyer’s guide reveals the retail giant will sell a WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab for $499.99 – that’s $100 cheaper than Verizon’s 3G version and no contract is required. This means the total cost of ownership is only $500 and you can tether it to your Android phone when you want to get online.

Originally when we went hands-on with the Tab, Samsung said they had no plans to produce a WiFi-only version. I was pretty vocal that customers would want a WiFi-only version and made a point to bring it up again during the press conference at IFA, so you can thank me later when you pick one up.

Does a cheaper price change your mind about picking up the Galaxy Tab or will you still wait for the Honeycomb tablets that are coming early next year?

Best Buy might be the first to offer a WiFi-only Tab.

Best Buy might be the first to offer a WiFi-only Tab.

Source: Pocketables

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  • http://www.goldfishview.com David Shellabarger

    Screw you Verizon. I’m going with this one.

  • http://Website Lauren Harris

    Ive waited for this for so long. Finally. I gave up an Ipad for this!
    Hate apple(well not hate, but)
    Love anything else

  • Lane

    I wouldn’t even consider buying a tablet on contract with a carrier. With a WiFi-only version it has now become a serious temptation.

    • http://asurroca asurroca

      Same here. I don’t see myself using a device like this in areas without Wi-Fi anyway. At this point, if I heard Cyanogen was picking one up, I’d buy one at launch.

      • http://Website Stephen

        same here i was waiting turns out it was a good idea…. cant wait i hope to get one also!

  • http://Website Levi

    Still waiting for the Notion Ink Adam. Without the Pixel Qi I don’t think I am interested in a tablet. Happy with the Macbook Air :) L

  • http://Website Michael

    I think that in the next year or so tablets will be in the ball park of what eBook readers cost today. I’ll wait for that.

  • Deter

    From what i’m finding Verizon isn’t doing contracts on the Tab, so the extra $100 gives you the option to sign up for service if you want it, but no contract mean you don’t have to pay for it except the months you want it.

  • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

    I’m not buying that pic. It lists a Super AMOLED screen, and lists the weight in grams.

    I wonder if the wi-fi only version will have gps?

  • http://Website Mark

    Wow!!! I am standing in line already to get one. Who would buy one from a carrier when you can get wifi and tether from your phone anywhere.

    • http://Website Brandon

      I know right!! i can tether my virgin mobile samsung intercept to this and only pay $25 a month for unlimited text web and 300 minutes!!!!

  • krazytrixxxsta

    it about fucking time. good to see common sense for the people at samsung kick in.

  • http://Website anon

    Super AMOLED? I thought it was something else.

  • http://Website Luke

    FYI, there’s no contract required for the VZW one…it’s month to month starting at $15 per/mth…so, only buy the data when you need to use it…

  • http://Website Gee

    Eh… I’ll wait for Honeycomb first. Besides the stock apps, the rest of the 3rdy party apps are pretty much the same as my EVO.

  • http://Website cjack

    I hear people constantly mentioning that they’ll just tether it to their phone, correct me if I’m wrong, but i was under the impression that you were unable to do this out the box because android is not set up to connect to ad hoc Wifi networks and that’s all our phones are able to create.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yeah most carriers want you to pay $30 per month, but you can hack almost any Android phone and do it for free.

      • http://Website cjack

        I believe that when u pay for wireless hot spot feature it still only allows you to create an ad hoc wireless network instead of a infrastructure (I know thats probably not the correct word) wifi network so devices like android tablets/ Nintendo DS etc. can’t connect to them without running a script through terminal (I think) each time. Anybody with a more extensive knowledge please weigh in.

  • http://Website Charlie R.

    I’d still wait! Unless I was 100% sure I could upgrade to Honeycomb it’s entirety, then I’m definitely waiting. Otherwise you have a soon to be obsolete device on your hands