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Verizon Announces Samsung Galaxy Tab for $599 Without Contract on November 11

It looks like November 11th might be even bigger than we had already imagined.  Verizon announced this morning that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will hit stores for $599.99 WITHOUT any sort of contract.  So what does that mean?  Users can add an optional plan beginning at $20 a month for 1 GB of data, but again, this is NOT required.  And yes, this is a wi-fi and 3G model.  Look out i*ad?  So much for pricing being an issue eh, Steve?

Update:  It looks like the Verizon version will not have that polished white backing and will be almost all black instead.  Not sure I’m a fan of that, but you can see for yourself after the break.

Update 2:  While my initial thoughts weren’t all that negative when seeing the price, there seems to be quite the opposite feeling coming from most readers.  Poll coming!

Verizon Wireless Puts Samsung Galaxy Tab™ In Stores In November

10/20/2010

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab™ will be available Nov. 11 for $599.99. Running on Android™ 2.2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch touch screen; robust HTML Web browsing experience with full support for Adobe® Flash® 10.1 for video and mobile gaming; and a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application processor.

“This is an incredible time in mobile technology, and as a company we’re excited to add the Samsung Galaxy Tab to our portfolio,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab brings together the reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network and the power of Android 2.2 to deliver on our promise of providing consumers and business customers with a host of options to help manage their lives.”

Popular mobile applications, including V CAST Music and V CAST Song ID, VZ Navigator®, Slacker Radio, Kindle for Android, BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® presented by V CAST Video, and the exclusive golf game, “Let’s Golf,” will be available on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. In addition to text, picture and video messaging, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will also feature V CAST Apps, Verizon Wireless’ mobile storefront offering hundreds of applications for businesses and consumers at launch.

Verizon Wireless customers can add a monthly access plan beginning at $20 a month for 1 GB on their Samsung Galaxy Tab. For additional features and specifications on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, visit www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab.

Anyone interested now?

  • Dunk0m0ngsekki

    sucks it's not a phone…

  • jaymonster

    I don't think the price is the issue (as others seem to) since the $599 price tag is cheaper than the similarly equipped iFad. However, to me the big issue is the data plan pricing. $20 for 1GB? I understand that they want to limit the potential of consuming too much data, but why not the same $29 for 5GB of data, why $50? The data plan pricing is going to keep this from being a winner. (Well, that and I am willing to be there is more than a few people that will wait to see what Motorola and/or HTC will have at CES.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=75200646 Stephen Cox

    I'm waiting for the Archos 101 for $300…. that + WiFi Tether on my Droid 2 = awesome.

  • gamboo

    I'm use to playing with small things! If I use what my wife says is 6 inches then this must be at least a 10 inch screen. Hmmmm I think she is lying to me. Does this thing make calls?

  • feztheforeigner

    Why does everyone want this at $400? That's the same price as a phone…!

  • Stonewall

    Well if you were over the pond this would be a screaming deal. We here in the states are not accustomed to paying FULL price for ANY device. What would suck is if the TAB did not have WiFi on it, even being a “No Contract” device. When you need 3G, you pay for it, that simple. People who are comparing this to the i*ad WiFi/3G variant need to realize that the i*ad 3G is subsidized. If AT&T hat a plan like what Verizon has just presented you could slap a $1000 + price tag on the i*ad. So yes $599 for a WiFi Tab that you can add 3G to month to month as needed (and relatively decent options of 3G buckets to buy) is a pretty screaming deal. We're just spoiled by being subsidized on everything.

  • Ddd

    price is too high, but the big issue is the limited data plan if you do get one — just like the iPad, Verizon sees this an opportunity to change the plan price model from all-you-can-eat to better watch out how much you download or we will nail you. Still don't know if you can even use it as a phone!

  • Michael

    this is the exact reason why vzw got their hands on the ipad. smart move if you ask me!

  • Gearz23

    Nov. 11?? Im gettin CoD Black Ops lol

  • Josh

    Verizon, I am disappoint.

  • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

    I'd sacrifice size for practicality and function any day. I have the iPad. Its not practical.

  • Javactive

    I think 7 inches is better for mobility, you can take it with you, get a 3g data plan. install VOIP like Skype (or Google Voice and SIP) and don't need to pay voice plan.

    Compare this to a smartphone contract. You save 40$ per month by 24 months means 960$ in 2 years.

    I take it.

  • r0landct

    I don't like the price not because it is 7″ versus iPad 10″ necessarily, more to due with Android not ready for tablet (per Google). I know Samsung has done some work to “make” 2.2 work with a tablet, but I want to know when Android is ready for tablet so will this device. Samsung would have to give a firm commitment to upgrade to 3.x for me to even consider propping $600 on this, and with a date. Imagine buying this and finding out you won't get 3.0 or 4.0 will be out before you do. I know the early adopter gets screwed, but now willing to bend over that far. Considering there will likely be 3.x tablets in Feb/March, that's not even 6 months of being relevant without 3.x upgrade.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

      I share your sediments, also, im waiting for black-friday at this point. while there may not be any new/major drops by then, at least the $$$ will come down. ;-)

    • Davis1433

      I actually played with one for a little bit, i like the 7″ size. I didnt have a 10″ to compare too but you can hold it with one hand and the screen seemed plenty big.

  • Raven

    I for one love the new back. I would never have bought it with that glaringly ugly white back. Not to mention it looked way to much like an iCrapple product. Now, I just won't buy it because it is too overpriced for it's size and functionality. I don't really get the 7″ form factor. Too big to put in my pocket, not that much bigger than my Droid phone to warrant 2 devices, not big enough to ever choose over my 12″ netbook for video watching. In fact, I think 12-13″ would be perfect for a tablet or in other words 8.5″ x 11″.

  • Travey3

    Why would anyone pay that for something so tiny. Stupid.

  • droidrev71

    Sorry, they are asking to much money. To many other promising tabs coming out in near future. Plus, my dx is very sufficient!!!

  • CIFchamp24

    Noooo way I would drop $600 dollars for this device. At least give a contract option so people can pay less.

  • Steveclarke33

    Will buy when 10 inch and has at least gingerbread….

  • Kierra

    My 4.3 inch Droid X will do nicely until something beefier comes along ..$599 for only 2.7 inches more..what the what? Sure its fun though

  • http://twitter.com/Wynalazca Andrew Webber

    And that seals the deal for me. Do Not Want. There are devices that will be dropping before the end of the year that will have the Dual-Core Tegra 2 and twice the RAM for a significantly better price. The Flatpad A10T is $465 ($395 if you pre-order) and ships the last week of October, but doesn't have a camera of any kind which is a bummer, and the Notion Ink Adam for $399-$498 depending on whether you want the 3g and the extremely amazing Pixel Qi dual mode LCD/eInk display and it's expected to drop before christmas.

  • Travillion

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's about what I paid for my laptop, but that won't be nearly as functional my laptop. Way too overpriced.

  • http://twitter.com/SL1Mike Michael Swaim

    Its a good start for Verizon, But i'd rather see what HTC will make for big red.

  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    WTF? $600?! And only 7″ at that. F that.

  • bkj216

    Ultra-Fail on Sammy's part

  • GinoSylum

    Its just too small i think. Its only 3 inches bigger then the Droid X or the Evo… whats the point? i like everything about it OTHER then the size. To have to carry around another device, it has to be worth it. A bigger phone is not the same as a tablet. IMHO.. Till Android has a tablet sized tablet, I'll just stick with my phone.

  • http://twitter.com/briankeith513 Sir Brian

    The Galaxy Tab pricing is very interesting to say the least. In all reality, this is the first tablet that can compete with the Ipad. It actually has more features than the Ipad, so pricing it around the same price, is not too out of place here. Since you don't have to have a data plan, this actually makes a lot of sense. The problem is, there's no option to have it subsidized with a contract. However, the Ipad isn't subsidized with a contract either. The thing is, this will need plenty of great advertising and it will have to be a lot better to succeed, because, this device doesn't have the backing of Apple's Ipad along with the frenzy that an Apple product creates. So all in all, this is not as bad as it sounds when compared with the current tablet market. However, a subsidized pricing point with contract would sell more.

  • Nghtmare

    What happened to $299? I thought that was the price that was being reported a few months ago? This won't do well til it is lower than an iPad.

    • Anonymous

      It IS lower than the comparable (same memory+ with 3G) iFad. Why do people keep thinking that a device that is $60 less costs MORE? Are you comparing it to the wi-fi only low memory version?

  • EC8CH

    For everyone complaining about the unsubsidized price of $599…

    What do you think your smartphone costs off contract?

    *not saying they're not overpriced as well though*

    • http://twitter.com/briankeith513 Sir Brian

      @EC8CH,

      Exactly, but no one pays the off contract price. So, it's actually NOT overpriced, but with no subsidized pricing point with a contract, its gonna be hard to sell well. It doesn't have the hype of the Ipad to dramatically boost sales.

      • EC8CH

        See also: Nexus One sales figures for a comparable example of unsubsidized mobile device sales.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

          but if you already have a Droid (free wifi tethering if you can find your way to droid-life.com), why in the world would you want a subsidized Galaxy Tab and pay twice as much over the life of the contract for data already easily accessible?

  • http://twitter.com/briankeith513 Sir Brian

    The Galaxy Tab pricing is very interesting to say the least. In all reality, this is the first tablet that can compete with the Ipad. It actually has more features than the Ipad, so pricing it around the same price, is not too out of place here. Since you don't have to have a data plan, this actually makes a lot of sense. The problem is, there's no option to have it subsidized with a contract. However, the Ipad isn't subsidized with a contract either. The thing is, this will need plenty of great advertising and it will have to be a lot better to succeed, because, this device doesn't have the backing of Apple's Ipad along with the frenzy that an Apple product creates. So all in all, this is not as bad as it sounds when compared with the current tablet market. However, a subsidized pricing point with contract would sell more.

  • radioactive2008

    I hope they dont disable wifi ? Worthless if they do

  • sjobs

    i'll take 2 please, as long as it's not ipad.

  • rayz336

    The Galaxy Tab looks nice, but I wish it would be about $50 to $100 cheaper

    • Anonymous

      550 At costco for verizon with 90 day return!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThinkGeeks Hiral Patel

    Fail written all over it – Price is too steep for 7″ vs. 10″ iPad….Larger is always better ask the girls.

    • Anonymous

      Even when it comes to your unsightly ears and nose?

      Note: Not actually looking at your pic, just making a larger is better response.

    • Josh

      Yep, price is too steep. Maybe a $399 price with 2yr data plan. It will be incredibly difficult to get around the media hype and momentum the iPad already has. With a higher price tag, I fear the Tab will be DOA just like Jobs said. I know the Tab is better in almost every way and has more features than an iPad, this won’t matter as much to average consumers as it does to people on this blog.

      • Josh

        I just don’t understand why Verizon would depart from their subsidized contract pricing scheme for almost every product they have ever carried. Getting the Tab without a contract is great and everything, but not for $599.

      • Anonymous

        Why are you saying this has a higher price tag? It is actually LESS than the similarly equipped iFad. It may only be $60 less, but that is certainly not MORE. So why is the price of THIS too steep but not the iFad?

  • Mth2134

    599…. it's a lot to pay seeing as how all these new gadgets are hitting soon. Granted, this is the only tab for now but doesn't this hamper future tab sales? If I go buy this now, then in 3 months a bad a** tab hits with gingerbread or honeycomb(seeing as how both are rumored soon) I know my little froyo 3g will get b**** slapped and I'm stuck holding the equivalent of a d2(rip). IDK. I'll pass on this for now. A dx is more functional IMO. And dx has HDMI out…

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica Marchand

    Thats a big price tag… I'll go into the store and play with it, but I'm having a problem seeing the need to buy one. It looks nice though

  • Keithsmnr

    But, even developers for google said that Android2.2 was not optimized for tabs and that you should wait for a future version. And a 1.3mp camera? ……

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LPJJQEWMBH6G6XELXBC3B3JUDE James Ditmer

    I am interested, but more interested in seeing a Moto tablet.

  • Kpurdu1

    I like the no contract, and optional data plan, but $600 ehh, also with 4G around the corner better off waiting for the competition with Honeycomb early next year. My guess is prices will be cheaper then.

  • Hohlraum

    7″ and over priced. Wait for a tegra 2 based 10″

  • Me

    Why would I get this for the price of an ipad? Mark my words, its a failure before its release.

    • Anonymous

      With nothing on the line making broad proclamations from a anonymous person really hold no weight. Why don’t you instead mark the amount of money you’re be forced to feed into the iOS system on an iPad versus the money spent to operate an Android tablet, or mark the formats each support. Maybe even mark the fact there will be eventually be a 7″ and 10″ Tab allowing people to choose the form factor that suits them best. There are many useful things to mark in deciding between devices, but your words aren’t one of them.

    • Michael_NM

      Why would I get an iPlaytex for the price of a Galaxy Tab?

      No flash, no cameras, no Android, no SD card, nearly as big as a laptop, and worst of all, more money for turtlenecks… Failure is in the eye of the beholder. :-)

    • Iridiumdude

      idiot

      • Me

        I agree you are an idiot.

    • http://twitter.com/briankeith513 Sir Brian

      @ Me,

      You wanna know why get it for the price of the Ipad? Well, maybe because of the actual fact that it has more features than the Ipad.

  • Petrocity

    that is a steep price…

    • kellex

      Cheaper than an iPad with wi-fi and 3G.

      • Edjm711

        I don’t think that the ipad is really what everone will pit it against, I think it’s biggest competition is the high quality 4″+ smartphones and the plethora of android tablets, like the Moto stingray, slated for the near future. I don’t believe apple has the edge anymore that it would have if it released it’s ipad and iphone a year ago. It’s a different game now.

        • Edjm711

          for verizon that is. :)

      • Leroy1983

        wow, $30 cheaper w/ a smaller screen.

      • Leroy1983

        dude, you need to put your geekness to the side & see the bigger picture. they cant compete w/ a higher price point w/ a smaller screen. consumers will turn away in a instant. they can at least make a wifi only model

      • Anonymous

        But does it make calls?

  • Chris G

    I am torn.

    Do I really need to carry yet another device?

    On the other hand, Can i have one now. PLEASE!

  • kulz

    so the VZ version is only 3G via CDMA or does it have a sim slot as well?

    /confused xp

  • Marco.hk

    CANNOT WAIT !! even though i live in hk im gonna have it shipped here!!!

  • tbaybe

    dear santa….

  • Matt

    engadget seems to think this is going to fail terribly…

    • EC8CH

      Well maybe they're right and this android tablet will fail…

      What about the next one, and the one after that, and the one after that… repeat ad nauseam.

      • Matt

        Sure hope that's the case…would like nothing more than to see Steve Jobs eat a big piece of humble pie

        • EC8CH

          That’s how the M*c lost to the PC, why android is gaining so quickly on the I*hone, and how the I*ad will loose it dominance to a flood of android tablets.But St*ve won’t eat any pie, he’ll justify *pple’s uber controlling ways by claiming the marriage of hardware and software provides the user with the best blah blah blah.*edited to removed offensive language*

          • Anonymous

            You forgot to edit M*c & St*ve… :P

          • EC8CH

            Imagine my embarrassment… that’s like getting caught with your fly down

          • Anonymous

            pc’s arent doing as good as before. the reason android took off so well is because it was on multiple carriers. you dont need to be on a carrier to get an ipad. thats why it sold 7 million since its release. and it’s too small, 7 inch is ridiclious. at least make it 8 or 8.5.

  • Michael_NM

    Can someone loan me about $598?

    Regardless, Happy hump day Droid-Life! I'm now excited about Nov. 11! :)

    • Bigrob60

      Kinda like I'll gladly pay you tuesday for a Galaxy Tab today. No prob.