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4G World: Verizon Picks Up the Tab

11:00 AM -- CHICAGO -- 4G World -- Samsung Corp. has been showing off its Galaxy Tab at 4G World this week, promising launches from all four wireless carriers, and so far Verizon Wireless has been the first to fill us in on the details.

Big Blue will start selling the pocketable 3G + WiFi Galaxy Tab on Nov. 11 for a hefty $600 without a subsidy or a MiFi.

You'll find it on the shelves of its stores, right next to the $630 iPad. As with the iPad, Tab purchasers will have the option of tacking on a $20 monthly data plan to add 1GB of data. (See Verizon Gets iPad With a WiFi Twist.)

Selling the two devices side by side may help resolve the debate over whether consumers want a seven-inch touchscreen device. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs says that small of a tablet is useless "unless you include sandpaper so users can sand their fingers down to a quarter of their size." (See Mom's iPad Advice.)

Tom Jasny, vice president of wireless and broadband network systems for Samsung, on the other hand, believes consumers in the US will want tablets of all sizes. He says the Tab is designed to be a one-handed device and is suitable for both businesses and consumers.

"Samsung chose a path of mobility over portability," Jasny says. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), T-Mobile US Inc. , and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) haven't announced pricing yet, but you can bet they'll be similar to Verizon's offer.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:20:51 PM
re: 4G World: Verizon Picks Up the Tab

Samsung's banking on people wanting the one-handed experience, not two, but I have to agree with Jobs that it's too similar in size to a phone. Especially for $600 when the iPad is only $30 more.

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