Samsung's Galaxy Tab is now selling from T-Mobile for a new low of $249 after a $50 rebate. The only catch? You'll still have to opt for a two-year contract.
The price of the Galaxy Tab through T-Mobile is a significant drop from the $399 it originally cost when it data plan will still set subscribers back $24.99 a month for 200MB worth of access and $39.99 for 5GB.. But the
Samsung's 7-inch Tab is being offered by all of the core U.S. carriers, including T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and U.S. Cellular. T-Mobile's current price is the lowest one yet. But other carriers of the tablet have been testing the waters by dangling the Tab at lower prices and a range of data plan charges.
sells the tablet for $499.99, down from its original price tag of $599.99. The least expensive data plan tacks on an additional $20 per month for 1GB of data. However, customers can back out of the data contract after the first month and use the Tab just as a Wi-Fi device.currently
AT&T is charging $549.99 for the Tab, down from the original price of $649.99. Though that's a high price upfront, consumers aren't locked into any contract and can pay for data only as they need it with the plans providing 250MB for $14.99 a month or 2GB for $25 a month.
U.S. Cellular is also playing a numbers game, offering the Samsung tablet at different price points depending on the data plan. The carrier currently sells the Tab at $499.99 with $14.99 and $34.99 monthly data plans. The Tab can also be had for just $399.99 after a rebate, but at that price U.S. Cellular's data plan costs $54.99 for 5GB and $74.99 if the subscriber wants unlimited text messaging.
T-Mobile's $249 price for the Tab comes amid the upcoming launches of more Android tablets such as the, and Research In Motion's . Then, of course, there's Apple's anticipated . Samsung itself is also prepping new variations of the Tab, including a destined for Verizon Wireless. All told, this year's crop of tablets will give prospective buyers a dizzying array of choices.
Ultimately, though T-Mobile's price cut may make the Samsung Tab more attractive, the real cost to consumers lies not in the device but in the data plans. With people already shelling out lots of money on their cell phone plans, will they really spend $20, $30, and more each month for yet another 3G device?
For consumers who are eyeing the Tab but can't justify yet another monthly cellular subscription, Samsung will be releasing aof the tablet early this year.