Verizon Wireless is cutting the cost of its Samsung Galaxy by $100 from $599, perhaps in a sign that sales aren't up to par. Verizon may unveil more tablets at CES this week.
Verizon Wireless is hacking the price of its Samsung Galaxy Tab by $100,
offering the popular tablet for $499 and throwing in $60 worth of free movie
rentals to boost sales in the new year.
Droid Life, which said the movie rentals will come via the integrated
Blockbuster application Verizon includes on its or the Samsung Media Hub app, added
that consumers who have purchased the Tab from Verizon
stores in the last two weeks are entitled to a $100 refund.
Verizon Wireless Nov. 11 launched its Samsung Galaxy Tab for $599 without a
contract, though Verizon customers can add an access plan for $20 a month for
The price point surprised analysts
, who thought the first vital rival to Apple's
popular iPad should start at least at the iPad's entry-level price point.
Verizon's $599 Tab price point is $100 more than the entry-level iPad WiFi
version and only $30 less than the starting WiFi + 3G version AT&T sells.
"I was surprised at the high price point as well," industry
analyst Jack Gold told eWEEK. "I expected more aggressive pricing. 3G
should only add $50 to $100 max to the cost of the device, so I don't think
that is the primary cost motivator."
Samsung did manage to sell more than 1 million Tabs
, but that's worldwide, including in
the United States
on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular, all of whom offer the
gadget at different price points.
AT&T sells the Tab for $649.99, with 250MB of storage for $14.99 and 2GB
for $25. Sprint and T-Mobile began selling the Tab for $399 with two-year
contracts, though T-Mobile has since slashed the price to $349.
In any event, it's unclear when Verizon will go public with its price cut,
as the price on its Website remains $599.
The cut could come this week as the world gears up for more Android tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show
. Motorola is
expected to unveil an Android 3.0 tablet, while ViewSonic will also have a new
eWEEK tested the Tab on Verizon's network and found it to be solid despite
the 7-inch screen size that had us asking for more real estate to access applications