4G World: Verizon Picks Up the Tab
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