Galaxy Tab coming to T-Mobile first, Nov. 10

Samsung's tablet PC is getting real very fast. T-Mobile and Samsung announce today that the 7-inch tablet will come first to T-Mobile early next month.

Galaxy Tab
T-Mobile will be first out of the gate with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, shown here for Sprint. Donald Bell/CNET

If you can't wait to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet, T-Mobile will officially kick off all U.S. sales on November 10, according to a Samsung-issued press release. T-Mobile will sell the 7-inch Galaxy Tab for $399 after $50 mail-in rebate and with a two-year contract and monthly rate plan.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will not carry HSPA+ speeds, as Samsung initially stated in their release. Instead, the Tab will support HSPA 7.2.

T-Mobile will load up its Galaxy Tab with the Samsung Media Hub, Qik's video chat app (to take advantage of that front-facing camera), Kindle for Android, and Slacker Radio's streaming music app.

After T-Mobile's day-one advantage, competition will be hot and heavy, with all four major U.S. carriers beginning to sell the iPad competitor within days of one other. Verizon will open its cash registers on November 11, selling the Android 2.2 hardware to subscribers for $599 without a contract. They will be followed by Sprint on November 14 , which will peddle the Galaxy Tab for a third of the price, $399, with a two-year contract.

T-Mobile's announcement marks the third of the Big Four carriers releasing prices and availability. We'll let you know when we hear from AT&T.

In the meantime, check out our review of Sprint's Galaxy Tab or our hands-on with T-Mobile's Tab .

Update, 10 a.m. PDT: with more details.

 

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