T-Mobile has announced it will start offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab on November 10th, for $400 when you sign up for a 2-year service contract. That means that T-Mobile will be the first US carrier to sell the Galaxy Tab… but not for long. Verizon will launch the tablet on November 11th. In fact, all four major carriers have announced plans to offer the 7 inch Android tablet. Here’s the breakdown:

  • T-Mobile: November 10th for $399.99 and up
  • Verizon: November 11th for $599.99 without contract
  • Sprint: November 14th for $399.99 with a contract
  • AT&T: There’s still no word on pricing or a launch date, but I suspect we’ll hear something soon

All three carriers will clearly offer a version of the tablet with WiFi and 3G capabilities, with data plans running from $20 to to $60 per month depending on the carrier and the monthly data plan you sign up for:

  • T-Mobile: $24.99 for 200MB or $39.99 for 5GB
  • Sprint: $29.99 for 2GB or $$59.99 for 5GB
  • Verizon: Starting at $20 for 1GB (with no word on how much 5GB will cost)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, and runs Google Android 2.2. It has a 4000mAh battery, front and rear-facing cameras, and the ability to download and install apps from the Android Market. It’s probably received more hype than any other Android tablet to date, and despite the fact that Google still says Android 2.2 isn’t really built for tablets, a lot of people will be watching its launch closely to see what, if any, impact it has on Apple iPad sales.

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2 replies on “Samsung Galaxy Tab: Available from all four major US carriers soon”

  1. “a lot of people will be watching its launch closely to see what, if any, impact it has on Apple iPad sales”

    In turn, I will be watching those people closely, as they will be voluntarily confessing their ignorance about computing and making it plain that their are opinions that we should ignore.

    Android slates and iOS slates aren’t really competitors. Their only commonality is their form factor, but that’s not enough to make them substitute goods. Otherwise, they are far too different. Do the iFad’s “apps” really run on Android? Is Google Marketplace really the critical component of the iOS experience? No.

    Rather, I think that the uptake of this device will provide the strongest estimator of Android slates in the market. Personally, I think that Android slates will only be successful to the extent that they are cheap, and I think that the excitement and subsequent failure of recent cheap Android slates provides a reasonable picture. Everybody wants to want one, but nobody wants one. This isn’t a cheap device, and even though it will provide a better owner experience than cheap Android slates, it will still be similarly unsuccessful.

    1. That’s like saying Apple computers are not competitors to Windows/Linux computers. Unless you also think computers running different OS’s aren’t competitors too.

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