The Samsung Galaxy Tab continues to hog the limelight and this time, there is more information that has surfaced on the tablet’s US plans. For one, we now know Sprint will commence sales of the Samsung Android tablet November 14 and pre-orders are currently being accepted. Anyone eager to have the Galaxy Tab can have their interest registered at any participating Sprint store. All they have to do now is to buy a gift card worth $50 and have their named enrolled in a list.
Now lets talk about broadband usage plans, consumers will have the choice of a 2 Gb data plan that includes unlimited messaging and will cost $29.99 per month or a 5 GB data plan that costs $59.99 per month and also allows unlimited messaging facility. However, here too, any taxes and surcharges wherever relevant will be levied extra. Users will also be able to avail of mobile hotspot capability that will require an extra $29.99 to be paid every month plus taxes.
So there you are. And if you think the Galaxy Tab is still as enticing as when it was first revealed, all you have to do is walk into any Sprint store and place your orders for the device.
Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi reaches Best Buy
While we have been awaiting the full carrier details of the Galaxy Tab as it prepares for its American adventure, no one perhaps ever expected Best Buy to crop up into the scene. But then, that’s exactly what has happened as the retail giant is now advertising the Android 2.2 tablet. Also, what is interesting is that a Wi-Fi only version of the tablet too has entered the fray. This will be in addition to the already announced Wi-Fi plus 3G versions from the carrier majors Sprint and Verizon. While the Wi-Fi only versions come in shades of silver, those with integrated 3G modems from Verizon carry a black hue while the same from Sprint are again in a silver shade. One will have the option to buy the Samsung tablet from the carriers either on contract or a monthly rental plan. What’s also unknown is whether Best Buy will be releasing the tablets on the same day as Verizon or Sprint though what is pretty much sure is that its going to happen in the month of November itself. It is also a matter of speculation now if T-Mobile or AT&T are next in line to emerge from Best Buy stores. Unconfirmed sources have put the price of the Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab at $499.99.
Galaxy Tab enters Israel
In another development, Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab in Israel where domestic carrier Cellcom will be the exclusive partner of the 7 inch Froyo tablet. Price has been fixed at 89 Israeli shekels which translates to about $25 on a 36 months contract while those willing to have the tablet on a monthly data plan will have to shell out the same amount every month.
Cellcom though isn’t just content with providing carrier support to the Galaxy Tab but is willing to be a more active player. And its this that has led them to come up with a new e-book reader platform that will be compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. For this, Cellcom has teamed up with publisher Kinneret Zmora Bitan in conjunction with which they will be making available the e-books.
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