Sprint is giving Verizon a run for its money by announcing that it will sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab for $200 less than its rival carrier. Sprint plans to start selling the tablet for $400 starting Nov. 14 – less than the base price of an Apple iPad ($499). The catch: consumers will need to sign up for a two-year contract with the company.
Verizon, on the other hand, is peddling the Samsung Galaxy for $600 – no contract necessary. Verizon will also have a head start selling the device. The Galaxy Tab will go on sale in the United States on Nov. 11, and the company will be offering a monthly Internet access plan for the Galaxy Tab beginning at $20 a month for one-gigabyte of data, all the way up to $80 for 10GB of data.
Sprint's price plans for the Galaxy Tab start at $30 for 2GB of data, or $60 per months for 5GB and unlimited messaging. 1GB of data on the cheapest plan is $15 compared to Verizon’s $10 rate, and the most expensive plan is $12 versus Verizon's $8 per GB.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab includes some appealing features. Equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen and a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application processor, the Galaxy Tab runs on Google’s Android software. The tablet also has two cameras, which could be used for videoconferencing. The iPad, on the other hand, doesn’t have a camera and boasts a smaller 10-inch display. Verizon will also start selling the iPad on Oct. 28, starting at $499.
Although all four major carriers will carry the Galaxy Tab, AT&T has yet to disclose when it will begin selling the device or how much it will charge for it. And T-Mobile is reportedly gearing up to begin selling the Galaxy Tab on Nov. 10. No word yet on a price.
TechZone360 Contributing Editor
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