Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

Summary: Sprint is now offering the Tab for $299 with a data contract, an excellent price. Often a price drop indicates a forthcoming new model, which Samsung has already stated it will be producing.

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It is no secret how much I like my Samsung Galaxy Tab, which is activated on the Sprint 3G network. I paid $399 for the Tab with a 2-year data contract, and feel that is a good price. I knew the price would drop over time as they always do, which happened today. Sprint is now offering the Tab for $299 with a data contract, an excellent price. Often a price drop indicates a forthcoming new model, which Samsung has already stated it will be producing.

Sprint is also sending out invites to a special event on Feb. 7 in NYT where the carrier will announce an "industry first". Even though that is a special day (my birthday), the industry first claim pretty much rules out a Sprint iPhone 4, since that's been done, I hear. Perhaps it will involve a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab which would be the first 4G tablet.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Samsung, Tablets, Telcos, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

    Or maybe the price drop is to spark actual interest in a "too big to be a smartphone"/"too small for anything else" tablet.
    jmiller1978
    • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

      @jmiller1978
      Or maybe you're an Apple fanboi that needs to give it a rest.

      This is a great price for a great product. I just wish I didn't have to sign a contract.
      Droid101
      • Well to be fair more people than Apple fans have

        @Droid101
        questioned the wisdom of the Tabs size. Also to be fair again $300.00 for a smallish tablet WITH a contract seems to be a bit steep. Isn't the point of a contract to subsidize the cost of the device itself?

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • Because ANYONE who doesn't like the Tab

        @Droid101 MUST by definition be an Apple fan... you pretentious troll.

        Personally I'm one of those who think a 7" screen is too small for a tablet. The Tab, while in every other way being a decent device, has 2 things holding back from being an iPad killer. The first is the up-front price... coupled with a 3G plan of $30/m for 2BG or $60/m for 5GB so over a 12 month period one is paying an additional $360 or $720 depending on the plan... the iPad wifi starts off @$499. Granted there is a difference between wifi and 3G but wifi is pretty easy to find - hell there's a Starbucks on just about every corner...

        The other is the screen size. Given the price differences IMHO there's a much better ROI on a 16GB iPad.
        athynz
      • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

        @Droid101 Please, pot meet kettle.
        non-biased
    • yup.. sprint realized that they got scammed into buying...

      @jmiller1978 that crap that no one wants..

      Sprint: put that crap in the bargain bin.. it's just collectin dust.. we need to make room for the stuff that actually sells.. lol..
      doctorSpoc
      • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

        @doctorSpoc
        I understand from the point of iPad, but it isn't half bad. I own both iPad 16G Wifi and this. I found use for this. I agree picture viewing is really bad on this and ebook reading is a crap experience on this. but for quick surfing and reading tweets etc. it is really good when there is wifi hotspot near by. Yes, I don't trust Android, so I don't do any financial transactions on this. They all go to my Win7, WP7, iPhone or iPad, but android big no.
        Ram U
      • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

        @Rama.NET How can you trust Android less? I can happily put my full trust in Android because anyone can at anytime go look at the sourcecode that makes it work. MS and Crapple can do whatever the hell they like inside their OS and no one is any the wiser because there is no way to tell!
        garethmcc
    • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

      @jmiller1978
      First of all, it is no phone. Yes, you can't make phone calls with it. Of course you can do video chat etc, but no calls via Sprint. It is a Tablet with in built 3G modem. of course, you can text.
      Ram U
      • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

        @Rama.NET It's a phone outside the USA. Strange USA carriers.
        Regulator1956
      • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

        @Regulator1956
        I know it and yes in US it is not possible, no not even the same Tab from T-Mo here can do that.
        Ram U
    • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

      @jmiller1978 <br><br>Who would pay anything to be spied on by Google? They couldn't pay me enough.
      jorjitop
      • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

        @jorjitop How exactly do they spy on you? Please point out the code in Android that allows this to happen? Now please prove to me that the code of iOS and Windows Phone 7 do not spy on you? Oh wait .. you can't....
        garethmcc
    • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

      @jmiller1978 Thank you for your Apple fanboi post. So that we can get this over with, I will counter with an Android fanboi post...iPad is too heavy, cannot browse the web completely, and is useful mostly for showing people that you own it. Playbook will have to be tethered to another BB device and Windows tablets are mostly vaporware.

      Can the editors of this blog please just add automatic fanboi posts at the top of the comments section so that we do not have to go through this every time?
      redhaven
      • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

        @rdaleypa ... or perhaps they can be color coded so we can more easily spot and skip over them.
        Trep Ford
      • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

        @rdaleypa Wow, android lovers are sensitive!! Relax dude - take a chill pill.
        rpsin
      • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

        @rdaleypa And my counter to you, my daughters and their friends use my iPad ALL THE TIME and have never complained about the weight. Never. You say cannot browse the web completely, I say it filters out the Flash garbage incredibly well, and I don't miss it at all. As for the crap about showing off to people, are you seriously that shallow? I own iPad to make my life easier. Period. Apple haters really have such lame ammunition anymore - it's getting really old.
        rpsin
    • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

      @jmiller1978
      After trying my brother's iPad, I got an Archos 70-250G (a 7" tablet). For carrying around, it is much better than 10" tablets. One of my main needs for it was reading PDFs, and it's great for that. It's easier to carry and a 7" screen full of text (vertical) is easier to focus on. I've also watched movies on the A70 and it's a great size for that as well. Its 250GB internal storage holds a ton of music and movies, and the USB connection makes it easier to copy stuff onto it than an iPad.
      nfordtchrpub
    • RE: Sprint Drops Galaxy Tab to $299: New Model Coming?

      @jmiller1978 Galaxy Tab works wright for me: I can surf the net, make calls and take it everywhere... it fits on my pocket :-) Apple Fan Boys can't see how good this is 'cause they don't use suite ... they use shorts.
      My Father
  • Isn't the Tab only like months old now?

    I remember that there were people who complained about the pace of upgrades for "certain" Apple products being too fast and such because those who bought the first product had not gotten the value out of it before there was a new product with better specs out blanking customers off and such?

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn