updated 11:30 am EDT, Mon November 1, 2010
Carriers slow to give pricing for Android tablet
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has officially launched in the UK market today but has been launching cautiously. Vodaphone said the Galaxy Tab will be available for £499 ($802) with rolling monthly plans that start at the equivalent of less than five dollars (plus data charges). Wireless provider Three is offering the tablet for as low as £100 ($161) with a two year, £40/month ($64) contract that provides 5GB of data, but has not released pricing for voice plans. Orange prices the device at £499 ($802) with 12 month data plans that start at 500MB/month for £5 ($8).
Despite the launch, two of the largest have yet to commit to product pages. Vodaphone is one of the largest carrier in the UK but as of this writing is not showing the Galaxy Tab as available for purchase on its website. T-Mobile only shows the Galaxy Tab in its "Coming Soon" section.
The tepid reaction is somewhat surprising, as carriers have been pressing to sell subsidized tablets that they use to get customers on to long-term contractors. Samsung intended the Galaxy Tab to compete with the iPad, but its higher price and smaller size have been potential issues. Carriers have also been somewhat hesitant since Apple prefers to sell the iPad as an unlocked, unsubsidized device that lets customers start or drop 3G service at will. [via Pocket-lint]