re: AT&T, Verizon Android Tablets Have Big Negatives
The approach of the tablet manufactures mentioned above really upsets me. Why do they have to align themselves with one carrier or another?
I know, the rational is that these tablet manufactures are attempting to use the same sales model that is used for phones. That is have a telco sell the tablet for a loss, while hijacking users into a 2 year contract with horrendous termination fees. This allows the telcos to make substantial overall profits while providing very little. Why do we (in the USA) let the telcos get away with this?
I wish the tablet manufacturers would remove the telco communications option, reduce the price and promote Wifi connectivity, either at home, in hotspots, or by using tethering with their little brothers - the smart phone. Oh wait - isn't this the hardware model that Amazon and Barnes & Noble promote!
Surely, a telco independent sales model makes these tablets more appealing to a broader set of users. I know I definitely will not be buying one of these tablets as the off-contract cost is ridiculously high, and since I already have a data plan for my cell phone why would I want another for one of these.
I can only conclude that these tablets are so overpriced no one in their right mind would want to buy one. If the price has to be so high,why can't someone come up with a payment plan model where we buy the hardware without being tied to a carrier?