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T-Mobile Settles On $400 For Galaxy Tab Price

T-Mobile on Wednesday announced that it will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab on November 10 for the price of $400 with qualifying contract.

T-Mobile is pricing the Samsung Galaxy Tab at the same level that competitor Sprint is -- $400 with a contract. T-Mobile didn't spell out the exact pricing details, but its web site says the price for the Tab will be "as low as $400 with qualifying plan."

T-Mobile will likely follow the path laid out by Sprint, and sell the Tab for $400 with a data plan, as well as offer it for $600 unsubsidized with no plan. T-Mobile didn't confirm that, however.

Its web site reads, "Customers purchasing the Galaxy Tab can take advantage of T-Mobile’s monthly 5GB or 200MB webConnect mobile broadband plans or the newly launched prepaid mobile broadband offering." Notice the use of the word "can." T-Mobile doesn't say that contracts are explicitly required.

Verizon Wireless is charging a non-subsidized price of $600 for the Tab. Verizon customers can choose, if they want, a no-contract mobile broadband plan to accompany the Tab.

What sets the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy Tab apart from the others? Well, with HSPA 7.2Mbps on board, it will probably provide for the fastest mobile broadband speeds. Sprint and Verizon's variants of the Tab are limited to slower 3G technologies. AT&T hasn't clarified what mobile broadband technology will be on board its variant. T-Mobile's HSPA 7.2Mbps 3G network is extremely fast. (Update: Samsung and T-Mobile clarified that the T-Mobile variant of the Tab does not have HSPA+, but it will have access to faster 3G speeds in HSPA+ markets.)

Most other features of the T-Mobile variant match those of the others. It has access to the Samsung Media Hub for content, Qik Video Chat for one-on-one video chats, Kindle for Android for the booklovers out there, and Slacker Radio is pre-installed.

It has access to the Android Market, has Flash Player Mobile 10.1 installed, and runs Android 2.2 Froyo. The Tab supports microSD cards up to 32GB.

“Customers want richer, deeper interactions with entertainment and online content through connected, portable mobile broadband devices that are small enough to carry and big enough to share with friends and family,” said Jeremy Korst, director of broadband products and services, T-Mobile USA. “T-Mobile’s unique offerings on the Galaxy Tab paired with the power of T-Mobile’s new network allow us to bring a truly differentiated portable entertainment offering to market.”

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