Samsung Galaxy Tab: 8.9" version expected; Verizon charging one month of data

Samsung Galaxy Tab: 8.9" version expected; Verizon charging one month of data

Summary: There a couple of bits of news on the table concerning the Samsung Galaxy Tab. First, a new display size option is expected, and a Best Buy price tag has been spotted revealing a little requirement from Verizon Wireless.

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There a couple of bits of news on the table concerning the Samsung Galaxy Tab. First, a new display size option is expected, and a Best Buy price tag has been spotted revealing a little requirement from Verizon Wireless.

First, it is being reported that Samsung will unveil an 8.9-inch version of the Android tablet as soon as next month - hopefully with some Honeycomb onboard. A 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab was recently unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, and that one is pictured above. There have been rumors in the past about multiple Galaxy Tab display options, and given that the 10.1-inch screen did pan out, this one certainly has a shot too.

As for the second piece of news, a tipster has sent in a photo to Engadget revealing the price tag of the Galaxy Tab tied to Verizon Wireless. The sticker states that a "minimum 1 month activation" is required with purchase of Verizon's Tab. We haven't seen this requirement posted with other Galaxy Tabs elsewhere or with the other carriers selling the Samsung tablet. This seems like it would push many consumers interested in the tablet away from Verizon in favor of buying it from AT&T, which allows buyers to pick one up without any commitment whatsoever.

If you have seen this posted in stores or with other carriers, please let us know if you have in the TalkBack section.

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  • Actually...

    For the Motorola Xoom (10.1" with android 3.0, $799) Best buy's ad specifically states: "to activate wi-fi functionality, 1 month of data subscription is required."<br><br>In other words, your tablet will not even be able to use wi-fi if you don't spend the cash for the data plan.<br><br>How do they manage that? And what happens if you have to reset your tablet? Does that mean you have to sign up for ANOTHER month of data service? Also, what if Verizon stinks in your neighborhood? I actually have to go to the end of my driveway to get a decent signal from them. Now, you have a tablet that doesn't get data AND can't connect via wi-fi.<br><br>Did someone drop these people on their heads as children? Seriously? Are they deliberately TRYING to sabotage non-Apple tablets? <br><br>The stupidity and greed associated with this is almost unfathomable.
    Zorched
  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab: 8.9

    They have the same requirement for the Motorola Xoom that goes on sale tomorrow.
    datrappert
  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab: 8.9

    I purcased the Galaxy tab from Costco and the 35$ activation fee was is to be rebated (still waiting) and with only one months service at $20 (must call Verizon to cancel). This was considerably less expensive than the ATT version but ATT did have a lower monthly service starting at $14. Wifi works well on hotspots or home wireless network.
    lloyd_j@...
  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab: 8.9

    Interesting. I've a Verizon Wireless customer (for my HTC Droid Incredible), and also have an iPad with AT&T. I was able to get my iPad operating fully, including on Wi-Fi, without signing up for the AT&T 3G connectivity. Not being able to access Wi-Fi without a data plan is going to tick more than a few people off. Oh, and one other thing, I can increase or decrease my AT&T data plan, or even turn it on and off month to month... all from the iPad. No calling and waiting for a customer service operator! Somebody better re-think their approach.
    The13thGryphon
    • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab: 8.9

      @The13thGryphon So these devices actually cost about $55 more than they are advertised. Sure the activation is supposedly covered with a rebate but it's still something you have to pay. Locking the customer our to WiFi until they activate the 3G seems like the stupidest idea I have ever heard.
      non-biased