An LTE version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet arrives on Verizon’snetwork later this week. The small Android slate will cost $349 when it hits Verizon retail shelves on Friday, which is only $100 more than the Wi-Fi only version of the 7-inch tablet. That’s not too large a premium to pay, and Verizon customers on the new Shared Everything plans will only pay $10 per month for the fast mobile broadband service.
This 4G version of Samsung’s Galaxy 2 7.0 is the same as the Wi-Fi model currently available, so it shares the same configuration: Android 4.0; 8 GB of memory with support for memory expansion; 7-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution; front and rear cameras, for example. In addition to the LTE radio support, it looks like Verizon convinced Samsung to upgrade the Bluetooth version from 3.0 to 4.0, however.
What makes the tablet more appealing than similar slates from just six months ago is Verizon’s new data plan. Previously, it would cost $30 to $50 more per month to use a mobile broadband tablet. Now, customers can add this — or any other tablet — to their Verizon account for only $10 per month, making it an easier sell than before.