AT&T may have waited until after T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint released their own branded Samsung Galaxy Tabs, but today the carrier finally made the Galaxy Tab official for their network. Launching on November 21st, the AT&T Tab will sport a $649.99 price tag and two pay-as-you-go data plans that are good for 30 days: $14.99 for 250MB or $25 for 2GB. Besides getting access to AT&T's cellular network, Galaxy Tab owners will also get to use AT&T's WiFi hotspots located across the country. Meanwhile, U.S. Cellular will be launching the Galaxy Tab on November 19th for $399.99 with a two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate. If you'd prefer to go contract-free, the U.S. Cellular Tab will run you $599.99. Data plans for U.S. Cellular include a $14.99/200MB option or $54.99 for 5GB. You can check out the full press releases below.
While other carriers are pricing their no-contract Galaxy Tabs at $600, AT&T has decided to charge customers $50 more for their version of the Tab, and $20 more than the entry-level 3G iPad. While it's nice that AT&T is offering PAYG data options, the largest allotment available is a measly 2GB. That may be plenty for a smartphone, but I've got a feeling that you'll burn through that pretty quickly on a 7-inch tablet. Sure, you can re-up if you need more data, but that's definitely not ideal. I'm sure that there will be some interested customers who want everything on one bill, but the combination of the small data plans and high device cost could end up turning a lot of potential customers away from the AT&T Galaxy Tab.
AT&T Introduces Samsung Galaxy Tab With Pay-As-You-Go Monthly Data Plans, Easy Activation Directly on Device
Android-Powered Tablet Available Nov. 21 Online and in 2,200 AT&T Stores Nationwide
DALLAS, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.(1), today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ will launch on Sunday, Nov. 21 on the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, and just in time for the holiday season.
The Galaxy Tab will be available for $649.99** at more than 2,200 AT&T company owned stores and online at Samsung Galaxy Tab (www.att.com/galaxytab). AT&T will offer two pay-as-you-go data plan options for the Galaxy Tab, a $14.99 pay-as-you-go plan for 30 days with up to 250 MB of usage and a $25 pay-as-you-go plan for 30 days with up to 2 GB of usage. If customers use all the data included in their plan before 30 days, they can purchase another pay-as-you go plan. For additional convenience, these plans can automatically renew every 30 days, when customers pay for these plans with a credit card or debit card.
AT&T data plan subscribers also get access to AT&T's entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional charge. Subscribers can activate their service plan directly on the Galaxy Tab, without making a phone call or a visit to the store, whenever they need access to data within the allocated U.S. footprint.
The data plans do not require a long-term contract. Customers have the option to change plans or purchase more data without penalty as needed. As a courtesy reminder, AT&T will notify customers with a text and email when their 30-day plan is close to expiring or when they are close to depleting the amount of data available in the plan.
In addition to the domestic data plans, international passes are also available which provide data coverage in more than 100 countries, including Canada, Mexico, and countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Plans start at $24.99.
"Consumers are seeking cutting-edge mobile computing devices and we're proud to give them another great choice in our product portfolio," said David Haight, vice president of business development, AT&T Emerging Devices. "Samsung's Galaxy Tab is a sharp device boasting a brilliant screen for watching videos, a powerful processor and a host of cutting edge features that everyone in the family will enjoy. Pairing it with the nation's fastest mobile broadband network and most extensive Wi-Fi network gives AT&T Galaxy customers the best mobile broadband experience in the market."
"We are excited to bring the Galaxy Tab to AT&T customers for the holiday season," said Omar Khan, Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Mobile. "Its seven inch form factor, pocketable weight and robust feature set make it ideal for work and play. It's the kind of device users will want to carry with them every day."
Powered by the Android™ 2.2 platform, the Samsung Galaxy Tab touts a 7-inch enhanced TFT touch screen, 1Ghz Hummingbird application processor, support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, Media Hub - Samsung's own content service that offers an extensive library of acclaimed films and TV programming – Samsung Social Hub, dual cameras, and many additional features.
For a limited time, AT&T customers will receive a $50 Media Hub Movie Rental credit with Galaxy Tab purchases.(2)
AT&T consumers will enjoy a rich web browsing experience with the mobile tablet, along with access to many forms of multimedia content on the 7-inch display, including movies, photos, ebooks and more – all on the go Also, users can communicate via e-mail or social networking with the optimized user interface.
In addition to the numerous Samsung Mobile features, the AT&T-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab also features AT&T Connection Manager, which automatically connects users to AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots to better manage data usage.
Additional information on AT&T data plans for the Galaxy Tab is available at www.att.com/galaxytab. For more information on AT&T, please visit the AT&T website.
Samsung Galaxy Tab™ Available to U.S. Cellular Customers in Stores and at USCellular.com on November 19
With "no contract after the first" from The Belief Project, customers can purchase the mobile tablet for $399 with a two-year contract and never have to sign another one
CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Holiday shoppers who want to get a head start on their gifts can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ from U.S. Cellular beginning Friday, Nov. 19. The carrier's first mobile tablet will retail for $399 after a $100 mail-in rebate and two-year contract.
The Galaxy Tab's large 7-inch touchscreen creates a web browsing experience that is more like a PC, and the vibrant graphics and 1 GHz processor deliver games with dazzling clarity. It's loaded with Samsung's Media Hub, a single source for buying and watching movies and TV shows that are optimized to fit the brilliant display. The Galaxy Tab can also be a convenient e-reader with free downloadable applications from Kindle and Nook. It's a world of information and entertainment that is still small enough to hold in one hand.
Customers can access data on their Galaxy Tab via Wi-Fi or on U.S. Cellular's high-speed nationwide network. The carrier offers two rate plans that are tailored to match how often customers will use Wi-Fi for their data needs. The $14.99 plan is ideal for customers who will use Wi-Fi most of the time and comes with 200 MB of monthly network data usage on U.S. Cellular's network for those occasions when Wi-Fi isn't available. Customers who don't want to rely on a Wi-Fi connection can select U.S. Cellular's $54.99 plan, which provides 5GB of network data usage and can turn the Galaxy Tab into a mobile hotspot for other Wi-Fi devices.
Customers who opt for the $54.99 plan will receive all the benefits of The Belief Project, U.S. Cellular's series of industry-leading initiatives designed to elevate the customer experience. All customers on a Belief Plan get automatic upgrades of their device at promotional prices every 18 months and get rewards just for being a customer that can be used for even faster upgrades.
"We're bringing tremendous value to our customers through The Belief Project, with plans to match how they use their devices and products they really want, all backed by innovative services that make their lives easier," said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular.