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AT&T offically prices Galaxy Tab

Official pricing and availability are announced for the Samsung Galaxy on AT&T, one of the last hold-outs in what has been a prolonged multicarrier roll out.

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Tab on AT&T.
Samsung Galaxy Tab on AT&T. Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet will make its way to AT&T November 21, priced at $649.

If you've been following the Tab's prolonged multicarrier roll-out this month, you're probably wondering why AT&T has priced the Tab at a $50 premium over its competitors Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

One answer is that AT&T is using the same flexible, pay-as-you-go data plans pioneered on the iPad, priced at $14.99 (250MB/month) and $25 (2GB/month). If you plan on mostly leaning on the Tab's Wi-Fi capabilities, having the option of paying as little as $14.99/month (when you're in a pinch) makes this competitively more affordable in the long-haul.

To sweeten the deal, AT&T is also throwing in a $50 gift card for the Samsung Media Hub movie rental store--which balances the price out if you planned on using the store anyway.

Of course, the other answer to why AT&T set the price high is that it can. AT&T already has the hottest tablet of all time; it doesn't need to eat into its profits to compete.