In November I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab for full price after being a long time iPad user (from day one). Needless to say I was a bit disappointed with the product as it was close to the same price as my 3G iPad. over the past several months I have learned to customize it with apps enough that is is fairly useful. I have also added some great apps to my PC/Mac to make the experience more iTunes like, such as DoubleTwist. Although the experience ITRW (in the real world) isn’t on par with my iPad, it’s finally at a price point worth considering, T-Mobile recently announced a $249 price tag if you are willing to sign a 2 year contract.
When I talk to my non-gadget and gadget friends one thing is not clear to either, people keep getting wrapped up with the 2 year contract. I get it, but a two year data plan doesn’t mean your stuck with the unit for 2 years.
Let me explain:
First, at T-Mobile (and ATT) the unit is SIM chip based, meaning, you can pull the SIM out and it’s “portable” to something else if you decide to change devices. Second, if, in a year, you want to go to a different device, you can and on the same data plan contract. Huh?
What do you lose? The next device can’t be at the subsidized/discounted pricing (money off for another contract term) unless you get a new phone number (aka data plan) activated, again, on another term, like 2 more years. So if you really are bumming a year later, buy the new device full pop, move your SIM. (in the case of Verizon without SIM cards, you can deactivate the original unit, buy the new unit and transfer service) (New unit will be at full price but no contract extension)
So, the Galaxy Tab is now worth a look on T-Mobile at $249 and even $299 on ATT, Verizon or Sprint.
PS, Did I mention you can have native TEXT’ing on the T-Mobile TAB? (Geez Verizon Xoom….)
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