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Steve Jobs may not see a market for a 7-inch tablet, but Samsung is banking on one with its Galaxy Tab slate hitting four major U. S. phone carriers and at least one third party retailer. It’s a good time to compare pricing for the Tab.

Samsung Galaxy Tabs

Steve Jobs may not see a market for a 7-inch tablet, but Samsung is banking heavily on one with its Galaxy Tab Android slate hitting the four major U. S. phone carriers and at least one third party retailer starting in November. The Galaxy Tab is a full-featured tablet running the latest version of Android, 2.2, and has optimized apps for the display which is bigger than those found on smartphones. The multiple outlets for the Galaxy Tab are creating a price war of sorts, indicated by pricing information now appearing. Let’s take a look at the price roundup for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

In addition to the four U. S. carriers handling the Tab, it’s been spotted in Best Buy. It will be sold in various outlets outside the U. S., but this roundup is restricted to the U.S. outlets.

Best Buy. Signs spotted in the giant retailer indicate a Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab will be sold for $499.99. Best Buy will also sell 3G-enabled versions for Sprint and Verizon requiring data contracts or month-to-month service.

Sprint. Sprint has the best confirmed price for the Tab, with pre-orders for $399.99 now available. This price requires a two-year “3G Tablet Mobile Broadband” plan. This special tablet plan comes in two flavors: 2 GB data for $29.99 monthly and 5 GB data for $59.99 monthly. Both plans include unlimited messaging. It is being reported that Sprint will offer the Tab with no contract for $600.

Verizon. The Galaxy Tab will set you back $599.99 from Big Red, with no contract required nor offered. A month-to-month data plan will be available for the Tab starting at $20 monthly for 1 GB of data.

AT&T . Pricing for the Galaxy Tab has not been revealed by the carrier, but data plan pricing has leaked to the web. This indicates an a la carte system for data plans for the Tab, starting at $15 for a measly 100 MB per day, to a whopping $50 monthly with a 1 GB data cap.

T-Mobile. The carrier hasn’t confirmed pricing for the Galaxy Tab, but rumors show T-Mobile will offer it starting at $399.99 with a two-year contract. The same rumors indicate pricing without a contract will be $649, with no details on data plan pricing.

The Galaxy Tab is a compelling device with the highly portable 7-inch form factor. Early reviews of it have been positive, and access to the Android Market is a big plus. The Android tablet space is shaping up like the smartphone space as the carrier involvement creates confusing data plan pricing and device pricing. I’m thinking the Wi-Fi only model at Best Buy might be the best way to go, especially given how LTE tablets will start appearing next year. I hear one calling my name, how about you?

  1. James – that siren song you are hearing is for the HP Slate, not the Galaxy. Seriously, I’ve already put one on order, depsite it being heavier, larger, and probably shorter battery life than the Galaxy. I guess some of us are just too old school and expect to get real work done on our gadgets.

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  2. I think that Android has to get it’s act together before I’d be interested. The app store is a mess, with screen resolutions and such being an issue for a while yet.

    I have the Archos 5 tablet and they had to put their own Appslib on it because the market doesn’t support 5″+ screens. Frankly, it sucks. At this point, if you own a Mac, Android is not your friend as it doesn’t mount as a drive and there is no software to sync stuff with.

    The fragmentation of Android causes me great concern already. Now you add in 7-10″ tablets to the mix and I get even more worried. Worried enough not to drop my money on it. These devices are really about the ecosystem wrapped around them and Android simply isn’t there yet.

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    1. Android does mount as a drive on the Mac, I do it all the time.

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      1. Howdy — nice post — but why do comments have to be moderated?

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      2. @Richard Hoefer — first-time comments are moderated on GigaOM due to the amount of spam we receive. Now that I have approved your comment below, you should find that your comments aren’t moderated (unless they fall foul of our spam filter for some other reason).

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    2. (( if you own a Mac, Android is not your friend as it doesn’t mount as a drive and there is no software to sync stuff with. ))

      Duskrider, If I didn’t know any better, given your incredibly consistent lack of knowledge about what you pontificate so authoritatively about, I would wonder if you were a paid astroturfer.

      As JK says, mounting as a drive to a Mac? Sheesh? I was doing this a year ago with my HTC Hero (android) running a prehistoric version of the O.S. — That’s right, a USB cable right into my Mac — mounted just any drive, full drag & drop file system. I now have an HTC Desire (froyo OS), and here I will admit that though it absolutely easily mounts in under 10 seconds as a drive to any and all of my Macs, it requires a widget-helper to speed up that process.

      I think perhaps the multiple usage of the USB port for charging and data maybe required an extra step, but if you have ever even owned or touched an Android phone (I am betting money you never have — and are merely going on heresay, so you can then use fragmentation and ecosystem below), then here’s your simple clear as a bell solution: They have this thing called an app store: Gosh, about 7 or 8 months ago i entered the search term “Mount USB” and how odd that it returned a widget called “MountUSB Widget” by BK Mobility. I have it on my home screen, and tap it after i’ve plugged in my usb cable from phone to Mac — it then switched functions from charging to USB, and tells you it’s mounting. You might try it.

      (( The fragmentation of Android ))

      It’s fun to use language that’s been bandied about for a year. It doesn’t add any new information or even provide any current validity, but it sure is fun! I want to try it:

      fragmentation of Android.

      Hey that feels good! I want to use that at Thanksgiving. I think it will impress people since talking about “The Social Network” will be so stale by then.

      (( really about the ecosystem )) (( and Android simply isn’t there yet.))

      Let’s see, where have I heard that. Oh yeah, about a year ago. Hmm. God I guess Endora from Bewitched must’ve cast a spell or something, and in your world everthing just froze for you and Larry Tate, while the planet spun making your silly comment just garbage form gizmodo or tech crunch or engadget or BoyGeniusReport or god knows where, maybe even the tech section of People Magazine.

      Endora, uncast that spell! Let him off the ceiling and let him fall flat on his face to the floor to wake up to this year.

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  3. Thanks. This information was unfindable on the Verizon website. I just wanted to know how much it was going to cost me.

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  4. i would like to say I recently purchased that galaxy tab, and I payed 600 plus tax and only an additional $8.oo for insurance(where as ipad insurance cost $100 more). With the 3 basic payments I made, I get access to internet as long as theres WiFi(which is usually everywhere accept the road). If you however can afford it and would liek to have WiFi AND 3G coverage so internet will work wherever you are, you can select a plan and pay anywhere from 20-80$ a month.

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