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US Cellular slashes Galaxy Tab to $200 on high-end plan

updated 10:00 pm EST, Fri December 17, 2010

US Cellular Galaxy Tab drops to 200 with 5GB plan

US Cellular joined in the Galaxy Tab price cuts on Friday with an uncommon discount. The recently reviewed tablet still costs $400 on the basic $15 plan but has followed a European model and is charging just $200 for those who sign to a contract for the $55, 5GB plan. Other carriers have similarly priced plans but don't change the subsidy based on the level of service.

The promo is likely meant to attract buyers from rival carriers but is still unusual in how quickly it arrived after the launch. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon haven't moved on prices and don't necessarily point to a major sales problem, but the drops could suggest that the smaller carriers aren't selling as briskly as hoped in the face of competition. Discounts are increasingly common early on into devices' lifespans on carriers in recent months, but these usually come from third parties like Amazon.

One of the frequent complaints for the Galaxy Tab has been the common though not universal requirement to sign up for a data plan. AT&T is currently the only one following an iPad-style prepaid model that lets users sign up at will; others let users pay full price to go off-contract but don't necessarily let users buy without service.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Bobfozz

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    Didn't take long...

    for the iPad to start cleaning clocks did it? And Apple wasn't even trying.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    I suspect they were trying

    I suspect Apple was trying to produce the best product and make it as successful as possible.

    Secondly, price drops are a normal part of business in the technology sphere.

    Even Apple dropped the $599 price of the original iPhone within months, even going so far as refunding money to those who paid the higher price - it wasn't a sign of poor sales, it was selling unbelievably well - it was a sign of a change in business strategy.

    The Galaxy Tab was priced high - probably to get what they could from early adopters.

    But eventually, this tablet should be free on contract, and $350 without contract.

    In other words, its still got a ways to drop in price. One carrier dropping it by $50 is nothing really.

  1. chefpastry

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    Joined: Nov 2005



    I thought they sold a million of these things. If they really were selling so well, I don't see the reason for the rush to slash prices in half.

    In regards to the original iPhone. I believe that was an unsubsidized price. If you want to buy an unsubsidized iPhone today, it will still cost you $600 or $700. So, in reality, Apple didn't really changed their pricing at all.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001


    oh dear

    where's wrenchy?

  1. global.philosopher

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    The reason the price is dropping is....

    because it has a problem. The problm is is that it is not ready for the market. It is too small for its price, the cameras are only average and it has an OS that is not designed for its form factor. By the time the OS is ready there will be a plethora of Tablets and every man and and his dog will be selling them. The realiy is that there will be a tsunami of these devices arriving soon each trying to under cut the next and the prices will be so cheap that their will be no emotional attachment to these devices. I suspect that only Apple (and perhaps RIM) will have any value attached to their tablet and as such people will ensure that they are readily accessible. I usepct most Android 7" tablets will end up at the bottom of desk drawers after a brief time of use.

  1. malikwahajahmed

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    A Winter Deal

    Is it a winter deal or they are worried about the number of iPads which will be sold in this season? :p

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001


    bring it on

    the more of these rushed-to-market, inadequate tablets out there... the more it reinforces the iPad's mindshare with consumers. If it isn't an iPad... it's cr.ap.

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