Sprint will sell Samsung's Galaxy Tab Nov. 14 for $399 with a two-year contract.
Sprint is now accepting pre-orders for Samsung's Galaxy
Tab Nov. 14 for $399 with a two-year contract, offering a different approach
from Verizon Wireless' plans for the tablet computer based on Google's Android
2.2 operating system.
Verizon Oct. 20 vowed
to sell the Tab for $599 without contract Nov. 11, offering instead a $20
a month data plan for 1GB data of data.
Sprint Oct. 25 took a different tack, offering
hardware for $200 less with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service
agreement on a 3G Tablet Mobile Broadband plan.
Sprint customers must choose a 2GB data plan with
unlimited messaging for $29.99 per month or a 5GB data plan with unlimited
messaging for $59.99 per month.
That means that after the initial $399 purchase, Tab on Sprint will
cost consumers as little as $720 over the life of a 2GB contract, and
as much as $1,440 over the life of a 5GB contract. Total cost for
device plus rate plan is $1,120 for 2GB plan to $1840 for a 5GB rate
That model could price Sprint out of the market for the
Tab versus Apple's iPad, which costs $499 for the WiFi-only model and $629 for
the base WiFi/3G model.
Analysts already skeptical
about Verizon's $599.99 purchase as being too high to effectively
compete with the iPad are sure to take a dim view of Sprint's go-to-market
Weak sales of the Tab on Sprint and Verizon will make a
modern-day Nostradamus out of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who
on the company's fourth-quarter earnings call Oct. 18 that the Android and
other tablets couldn't compete with the iPad on price.
Consumers may preorder the Tab now at any participating Sprint
store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card, a sort of down payment. Best
Buy Oct. 25 also began offering the Galaxy Tab from Sprint and Verizon with a $50 down
Customers who preorder the Tab will have their name
added to the "device wait list" and be contacted to complete
their Tab purchase, with the device made available Nov. 14.
Weighing in at less than a pound, the Samsung Galaxy Tab
7-inch touch-screen display, smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad display.
Two advantages of the Tab over the iPad: the device
features dual cameras for video calling and supports Adobe's Flash technology.
Sprint said its Sprint Navigation technology can also be added for $2.99 per day or $9.99