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T-Mobile already cutting Samsung Galaxy Tab, Vibrant prices

updated 08:45 am EST, Wed December 15, 2010

T-Mobile slashes Samsung Android prices early

T-Mobile today quietly cut prices permanently on some of Samsung's Android devices unusually early. Its version of the Galaxy Tab is now the least expensive of any US carrier when attached to a contract, dropping $50 to $350. The Vibrant has itself dropped down to $150 on similar terms.

Few other price cuts have taken effect, but the Huawei-made T-Mobile Comet has dropped to $180 off-contract.

The reasons for the cuts aren't known. The Vibrant is now a few months old but is still the network's premier smartphone. Its Galaxy Tab was already tied for Sprint for the least expensive model on contract, while other carriers have yet to move on price.

As the smallest of the large national carriers, T-Mobile has often had to use price to draw in customers and may simply be hoping to get an edge over others. Early price cuts, however, are usually signs of slow sales. The last recent example was a price drop on the Garminfone, which dropped just weeks after launch and was a key factor in Garmin quitting smartphones just three months later. The cuts may reflect stiff competition from not just fellow Android supporters but Apple's iPad and iPhone.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    Price cuts?

    That's a clear sign how popular the Galaxy Tab is. iPad killer!

  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +2

    where's wrenchy?

    hahahahahaha

  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +4

    "The reasons for the cuts aren't known."

    yeah well I think we can make a pretty good guess...

  1. ludachrs

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    Joined: Sep 2005

    +3

    Millions and millions sold

    or channel stuffed. Now the companies that took these things in has to give them away.

    Good Stuff.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +4

    Whenever a company says they're cutting up

    to 50% production on a product, it's never a good sign. It's almost to be expected since it's just an oversized smartphone with a non-tablet OS. For those that bought it, they may like it lot more when Gingerbread gets to it. The Tab was never an iPad-class device no matter what the Android fanbois say. Most of them don't care about having a tablet-enabled, polished OS but I'm sure consumers would. That being said, at discounted prices I think it could have its uses as a glorified PMP player.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Joined: Feb 2005

    +3

    Sounds Like A Whole Galaxy ...

    ... is being sucked into a big black hole of their own creation.

  1. chas_m

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    End of Quarter is coming up ...

    ... and the sales number aren't where they have to be for the stockholders and analysts.

    Simple as that, really.

    Expect the "sale" to end on January 1st, and likely to be repeated in March unless Android 3 is out by then.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -4

    so...

    Apple does it with the original iPhone, and it's standard sales practice. T-Mobile does it, and its a sign of failure. Of course, makes perfect sense.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    -3

    AWESOME!


    Now I can afford to buy TWO Samsung Galaxy Tabs!

  1. Nigel2112

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    Joined: Sep 2009

    +1

    That's so...

    Actually 'testudo', Apple had sold over a million $599 iPhones in the 1st 30 days, and they gave refunds to the early birds..
    The predicted race to the bottom for 'android' prices has begun.

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