Device Watch: T-Mobile Gets Galaxy Tab Sans HSPA+
T-Mobile US Inc. is the third Tier 1 US wireless operator to join Samsung Corp. 's Galaxy Tab party, and can claim an earlier launch date than Verizon Wireless and pricing comparable to Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S). What it can't claim, but winks at anyway, is High-Speed Packet Access-Plus (HSPA+) compatibility.
In an ambiguous press release, T-Mobile says that "adding fuel to the entertainment experience on the Galaxy Tab is T-Mobile’s super-fast HSPA+ mobile broadband network."
But according to a spokesperson, that just means that the Tab will benefit from a speed boost when used in areas of HSPA+ coverage. But, the Tab, she says, is a HSPA device with theoretical peak speeds of 7.2 Mbit/s; it's not an HSPA+ device.
T-Mobile also neglected to include pricing in its release, only highlighting a November 10 launch date, but its Website states that it will retail for "as low as $399.99 with two-year agreement on a qualifying plan."
This could mean that T-Mobile follows Sprint's plan and offers a subsidized device for $400 and an unsubsidized Tab for $600. T-Mobile hasn't revealed an unsubsidized model yet. (See Tablets: Counting the Cost, Sprint's Galaxy Tab in a Subsidy Orbit, and 4G World: Verizon Picks Up the Tab.)
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is the only operator left to announce pricing.
The Sony PSP phone will reportedly feature Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s latest Android 3.0 release, Gingerbread; a custom Sony Marketplace to purchase games designed for the handset; serious graphics support; multi-touch display; and the speedy 1GHz Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) MSM8655 chip. Thanks to the dual-mode chip, the phone could be picked up by a CDMA operator in the US when it launches sometime next year.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile