Summary:

The tablet market is booming as a host of new gadgets come to market, but 3G-enabled devices are gathering dust due to pricey data plans and requirements for two-year contracts. So prepaid data services could help carriers grab a slice of the pie.

“The 3G thing on tablets is bogus. Nobody wants to pay for that data.”

That’s from IDG analyst Bob O’Donnell recently in Computerworld, opining that the high price of data plans are why 3G tablets are gathering dust in inventory. O’Donnell suggested those lagging sales will force carriers to offer a single data plan that covers a family of devices. That solution makes a lot of sense, but I think there could also be a sizable market for affordable prepaid tablets. For more on this, see my weekly update at GigaOM Pro (subscription required).

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