The Samsung Galaxy Tab is probably the most successful Android tablet on the market today. But that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be better if it were even cheaper… and apparently someone at Sprint got the message, because the wireless carrier is now offering the Tab for $299.99 when you sign up for a 2-year contract.

A contract-free Tab will still run you $499.99, which might be a better price if you plan to upgrade to a new tablet with a dual-core chip or Android 3.0 Honeycomb anytime this year (although it’s still possible that Samsung might offer a Honeycomb upgrade for the Tab).

The Galaxy Tab currently runs Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, front and rear-facing cameras, 3G and WiFi connectivity, and the ability to function as a mobile hotspot. The US version of the Tab doesn’t make cellular phone calls, but you can always install Skype to make calls on the go.

As the folks at Android Community suggest, there’s always a chance that the price drop is a way to clear inventory and make room for a new, updated Galaxy Tab. But it could also just be what happens when you’ve been selling a device for a couple of months… you drop the price to keep it moving, while looking for newer, shinier devices to entice consumers with in the meantime.

via Android and Me

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