The Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is already available at a number of fine electronics retailers, but today Cricket announced that it would be joining that group by offering the Tab 10.1 as well as a bundle with the slate itself and a mobile hotspot. Beginning December 16th, Cricket will offer the 16GB Tab 10.1 at its company-owned stores for $499.99. If you'd prefer to use your Wi-Fi-dependent slate on the go, though, Cricket will also be selling a package that includes the aforementioned 16GB Tab 10.1 and a Crosswave mobile hotspot device for $594.99. The Crosswave has a microSD slot as well as an 1150mAh battery, and the service for the hotspot will set you back either $45 per month for 2.5GB of "Best Speed" data, $55 for 5GB of data, or $65 for 7GB of data. Cricket says that exceeding that monthly limit may result in reduced speeds but that you'll never be cut off completely or charged an overage.
So yeah. As I said before, Cricket is joining a rather large group of retailers that already offers the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but hey, we're not going to complain about having another place to get our Android tablet fix at. Plus there's Cricket's Tab 10.1/hotspot bundle, which may not be a bad deal for folks that need on-the-go tablet connectivity and were planning to get the Samsung slate anyway. If that sounds like you, you can grab the Tab 10.1/hotspot package (or just the Tab itself) at your local Cricket store tomorrow. The full press release is available for your perusal down below.
Cricket Enhances its Device Portfolio with the Launch of its First Tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1
Popular Wi-Fi Enabled Tablet Available for $499.99 or Bundled with a Cricket Crosswave mobile broadband device for $594.99, ~ ~ Available Beginning Friday, December 16th at Cricket Company-Owned Stores,
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 14, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP) today announced that the Wi-Fi enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 will be available Friday, December 16, 2011 in Cricket company-owned stores. The slim and sleek Galaxy Tab 10.1 features Android™ 3.1 Honeycomb, 16GB of internal storage and will be available in Metallic Gray.
“We’re excited to introduce tablets to our Cricket customers,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president, devices for Cricket. “Our customers are finding new ways to incorporate devices into their active mobile lifestyle to stay connected, engaged and entertained and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great device to help them do all those things.”
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Android 3.1 Honeycomb brings access to more than 250,000 apps through the Android Market™ and offers full support for Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™ and more. Customers will relish the 10.1-inch enhanced display with a 1280×800 resolution HD screen, 1 GHz dual core application processor, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Both consumers and business customers will find a multitude of uses for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that range from video chat to business tools, including those that allow for the opening and editing of documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features Adobe® Flash® Player to deliver an enhanced Internet browsing experience and access to content-rich Websites.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available from Cricket for $499.99 MSRP. Cricket is also offering the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as part of a special bundle which includes the Crosswave, Cricket’s dual mode DO/Wi-Fi device and a first month of Cricket broadband service, all for $594.99 The Cricket Crosswave creates an instant mobile hotspot so customers can get internet access on the go and support multiple Wi-Fi devices. The Crosswave is available on Cricket’s broadband plans that range from $45 to $65 per month per plan. The Cricket Crosswave and tethering-enabled Cricket Smartphones may be used to connect the Samsung Galaxy Tab to the internet over Cricket’s 3G network.
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