AT&T is taking a cue from Verizon and eliminating subsidies for tablets. You can no longer shave a few hundred bucks off the price of an Android tablet by signing up for a two year data plan.
Verizon made a similar move last month.
The good news is that AT&T also plans to launch a new Mobile Share plan which lets you add a tablet to your existing data plan for $10 per month — which could wind up being a cheaper option in the long run anyway.
You can also always sign up for a “No Commitment” plan and pay $15 or more and pay only in the months when you need a data plan for your tablet.
Right now AT&T offers a small number of Android tablets including the Pantech Element, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, and HTC JetStream for prices ranging from $350 to $550.
The wireless carrier also sells iPads that can connect to its mobile networks at prices ranging from $530 to $830.