US Cellular come out with pricing and availability details of Galaxy Tab
Come November 19 and the Galaxy Tab will start to appear at US Cellular stores as well as its website – USCellular.com making it the first carrier outside the big four national carriers in the US to offer the Samsung tablet. Price has been fixed at $399 after factoring in a $100 mail-in rebate and involves a 2 year contract. Data plans too have been revealed and can be broadly classified into two plans to choose from. A monthly $14.99 payout will entitle one to 200 MB of data access on US Cellular’s networks while for those who need more, there is the $54.99 plan that will allow one to get 5 GB of data and can also transform the Galaxy Tab into a mobile hotspot into which other Wi-Fi devices can be attached.
US Cellular is also offering something that sets it apart from the other big four carriers in the US – the Belief Project. The highlight of the Belief Project is that users will only have to sign a 2 year contract with US Cellular just once and that would remain valid even after the expiry of the 2 year period. After the initial 2 years is over, one will have the choice to upgrade but that won’t require signing another contract though subsidized hardware pricing will still be made available.
As for the tablet itself, everything else remains the same. Like the 7 inch touchscreen, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, twin camera setup which includes a 3 megapixel camera at the rear with autofocus and zoom, and a 1.3 megapixel unit at the front that enables one to engage on video chatting. There will also be access to the Android Market and Samsung Media Hub while the default Android 2.2 OS will be upgradeable to Gingerbread as well as Honeycomb as and when these become available.
AT&T reveals Galaxy Tab pricing
Telecom major AT&T too have come up its Galaxy Tab plans and has revealed a convenient Pay-As-You-Go data plans that will remain valid for a month. Here too one will have to pay $14.99 that will let them have 250 MB of data while the $24.99 plan will allow one 2 GB of data usage. Also, all those who opt for the AT&T data plan will also be provided access to the carrier’s entire national Wi-Fi network which won’t require one to pay any additional charges.
That’s not all for there is also a Media Hub Movie Rental credit worth $50 up for grabs completely free with every purchase of the AT&T Galaxy Tab. There are international passes too that are being offered that will enable data access in over a 100 countries such as Canada, Mexico, as well as countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Price for the international plans start at $24.99.
The AT&T version of the Galaxy Tab will go on sale beginning November 21 can be picked up from AT&T stores or ordered online at att.com/galaxytab. The AT&T Galaxy Tab will make one lighter by $649.99.
Special data plans from Samsung for the Galaxy Tab in India
Samsung has revealed detailed data plans that it has devised for users of the Android Froyo tablet in India. To launch the 7 inch tablet in India, Samsung has already tied up with all the leading telecom operators which includes Tata Docomo, Vodafone, Aircel, Airtel, and Reliance Mobile. The plans though vary widely with each telecom operator. Hence, while Airtel is offering 2GB of free data usage for Rs. 300 per month over a period of 6 months, the same in case of Reliance Mobile and TATA Docomo amounts to 5 GB and 3 GB of free data usage every month for 6 months respectively. In case of Aircel, Prepaid users will be offered 3 GB of free data usage per month for 3 months while the same for the Postpaid user amounts to 1 GB of free data every month for 6 months. Prepaid Vodafone users though will have to pay Rs. 99 for 2 GB of data usage every month while Postpaid users will have to shell out more at Rs. 199 for the same amount of data every month.
Galaxy Tab launched in Pakistan
In what is going to be the first ever tablet PC launch in Pakistan, Samsung has confirmed the launch of the Galaxy Tab in that country on November 20th. However, there is no other info available as of now as to what the Android tablet will cost in Pakistan or with whom the South Korean conglomerate has tied up to launch the tablet.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email