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Verizon Drops Galaxy Tab Price to $499, Tosses in $60 in Free Movie Rentals (Updated)

Is Verizon ringing in the New Year with a price drop to its Samsung Galaxy Tab (our review)?  According to one of our peeps and that picture above, stores should be changing out displays to reflect a $499 price change, plus an added bonus of $60 worth of free movie rentals through either the Blockbuster app or Media Hub.  Wait, weren’t we just talking about a price drop being critical to the Gtab on Thursday?  Why yes we were.

Update:  We just confirmed through a second store connection.  They also pointed out that if any of you purchased a Galaxy Tab within the last 14 days for $599, you should head back into the store and get a refund of $100.  Sweet deal.

I should point out that I’m still seeing a $599 price point online in both Samsung’s and Verizon’s stores, so this could be a special in-store promotion or maybe it’s just too damn early on New Year’s Day for anyone to be caring about things like this.

Does $499 have you dying to buy one?

Cheers Daniel!

  • Android

    Never mind. I just went to the Best Buy site and the Galaxy Tab has been lowered to $499 as well. It is available in-store only. I reviewed their price guarantee and it looks like I have 14 days from date of purchase to get the price differential. Woo-hoo! … $100 coming my way!

  • Android

    I bought my Verizon version last week from Best Buy (seven days ago). I wonder if Best Buy is going to lower their price? It would be nice to get a $100 refund.

  • Android

    I bought my Verizon version last week from Best Buy (seven days ago). I wonder if Best Buy is going to lower their price? It would be nice to get a $100 refund.

  • Android

    I bought my Verizon version last week from Best Buy (seven days ago). I wonder if Best Buy is going to lower their price? It would be nice to get a $100 refund.

    • Android

      Never mind. I just went to the Best Buy site and the Galaxy Tab has been lowered to $499 as well. It is available in-store only. I reviewed their price guarantee and it looks like I have 14 days from date of purchase to get the price differential. Woo-hoo! … $100 coming my way!

  • Jonesbrian

    Who buys this garbage? Did any of you idiots actually use this POS before paying for it? Sheeesh. Hate all you like, but this the worst consumer insult launched in the last 12 months.

  • Zfsf

    they need to do this for every carrier god damn it!

  • Anonymous
  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

    Nope still don’t want one. As much as I HATE to say it, iPad still has it beat >_<

    • DBK

      When it comes to locked up, laggy, overly expensive tabs, then yes, the iCrap does.

      • Anonymous

        Being locked to a data plan makes the Tab a loser. The iPad certainly isn’t perfect, but it has lots of great apps designed for it – its not just a blown up iphone anymore (like the Tab). The screen is a lot better than the Tab. I waited for an Android tablet for 6 months before I got the iPad. Unfortunately Android still can’t get its sh*&t together.

  • Anonymous

    I know absolutely nothing about the HTC Scribe other than its name, but know that it will be a hundred times the tablet that any amount of rooting could ever make the Tab. The tab is too choppy and touch wiz is too slow, even if they did doll it up slightly to look more like stock android.

    I go by results, and HTC has proven itself to me time and time again (hell, just look what they were able to do with the pure liquid sewage that was winmo). The Scribe will blow everything else out of the water.

  • JeffG

    Free movie rentals – just great! The wireless companies are already talking about raising their data prices because video streaming demand is greater than they expected. Watch out for that price increase!!!!

  • Trustedtraveler

    I purchased one at $599 30 days ago, but got Verizon to credit my cell phone bill for $100 upon purchase of the Tab. In effect, I payed only $499. I don’t think they will refund me $100 now, but I love this thing!

  • http://www.nieuwsteblackberry.net Nancy Kinston

    The Galaxy tab is getting more and more interesting. At this price i am definitly going to buy one.

  • A5effect

    I think some of you are being unrealistic, how could you expect aTab to be 200 when you have phones on contract for that price. In my opinion 400 is fair. Its a great device and it does what its meant to. I hope no one expects anything decent to come out for a bargain. If you like it, pay for it. its more of a luxury. I believe.

    • Anonymous

      The Tab has no phone functionality. That makes it less useful. Having a bigger screen does nothing more than blow up the image. My Droid X is much more useful than a Tab could ever be. That makes it worth less than a Droid X. Tab = Fail

  • Holmes

    Try $199.00

  • Holmes

    Try $199.00

  • Stephen D

    $99 wouldn’t have me buying one.

    • Jaymonster

      I have no love loss for Samsung or TouchWiz, but at $99 even I would consider it, so I gotta hear this logic (and hoping I am not feeding a troll in the process).

      SO….Why not?

    • Jaymonster

      I have no love loss for Samsung or TouchWiz, but at $99 even I would consider it, so I gotta hear this logic (and hoping I am not feeding a troll in the process).

      SO….Why not?

    • Jaymonster

      I have no love loss for Samsung or TouchWiz, but at $99 even I would consider it, so I gotta hear this logic (and hoping I am not feeding a troll in the process).

      SO….Why not?

      • Stephen D

        Don’t worry, not a troll. I even own a Fascinate. I’ve used the GTab, and it was pretty laggy. Android isn’t made for tablets right now. I’d rather wait for Honeycomb tablets. Samsung has said it will be updated, but they also said all Galaxy S’s will have Froyo before 2010 ends. It’s January 2 here, and there’s still no word on Froyo. Based on that, the GTab won’t see 2.3 or honeycomb for a while. And, it wasn’t much different from my Fascinate. Just bigger. And if I were to get a tablet, I would honestly go for an iPad. I’d buy one for the games, so the iPad would be a better choice for me.

        Plus, I can’t spend any money. I’m saving for a 50 inch 2011 Panasonic plasma :P

        • Lakerzz

          Ahhhhh…50″ plasma FTW!!!!! My 2006 51″ samsung dlp is gettin kind of old…

          • Stephen D

            I know. Can’t wait to see what Panasonic has in store for us.

      • Stephen D

        Oh, and to add to my previous reply, tablets are cool and all, but I couldn’t see myself using it all that much. I’d be reaching for my phone more. I have no interest in a tablet right now.

    • Jaymonster

      I have no love loss for Samsung or TouchWiz, but at $99 even I would consider it, so I gotta hear this logic (and hoping I am not feeding a troll in the process).

      SO….Why not?

  • Anonymous

    Have to pass. Even at $250 I would not take the plunge. I use my DX for everything and there is just not enough that the galaxy tab can do over it. I believe/hope that honeycomb will make me want to buy a tablet. I need a legit reason other than larger screen to make me buy one.

  • Anonymous

    Have to pass. Even at $250 I would not take the plunge. I use my DX for everything and there is just not enough that the galaxy tab can do over it. I believe/hope that honeycomb will make me want to buy a tablet. I need a legit reason other than larger screen to make me buy one.

  • Cleetose

    I’m not buying any new gadgets until after CES.

  • First

    First to say “FIRST”!!! suck it!

  • Anonymous

    I decided that $250 was my price point and once I started looking around I found that the best game in town was the nook Color. Once rooted its a full on tablet sans bluetooth, vibration, camera or mic. But to be honest, I don’t need to duplicate my phone’s capabilities on a 7″ screen. (It still has full Nook Color capabilities)

    • DBK

      Agreed. I’m gonna see what fruits are bared at CES but will probably go the rooted NookColor route as well. Don’t really need a tab but not paying more than $300 for one should I choose to get one.

      • Anonymous

        Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e-oK2sNmpo There are lots of videos on the topic on youtube.

        • DBK

          Cool. I’m gonna wait till after CES and make my decision. Probably going to wait and see what the Froyo update will bring to it to see if I really need to root it or not (probably gonna root it anyway to “clean” it). :)

        • Anonymous

          Interesting thing of note… Bluetooth is built into the nook. Kindof a big deal. Since this means eventually we’ll have BT support. Which will lead to skype type programs that will work with a BT headset. Neat stuff.

    • RichardL

      The Galaxy Tab is very similar to the nook color except it has the Android Market and 3G cellular data.

      It’s a very nice tablet and worth the price imho.

      • Anonymous

        The rooted Nook has access to the Market also, fyi. It does not have 3G, but it can be tethered to a phone that has it. Because of this, the nook is the right choice for me. Although some folks will appreciate the value that the GTab brings to the table, like the SAMOLED Gorilla Glass screen, 3G, Vibration, GPS. I personally feel that I just don’t need that stuff and I’d rather put my money elsewhere right now.

        • DBK

          Agreed. I have perfectly good wifi at home, so no need for 3G. I also have my D2 and a TomTom (don’t laugh), so GPS isn’t needed. Vibration, bluetooth, camera, and mic are definitely not needed. SAMOLED is nice but since I take good care of my electronics, that is not necessary. As long as I can go online, check on the social sites, check my email, check the news and weather, play music, play videos, and play some simple-yet-fun games (an Angry one comes to mind :P) than I’m set. A NookColor does all that and is affordable, too. So 3 guesses as to what my choice is. :)

      • DBK

        What digitalicecream said.

        Also, how logical is it to pay for yet another data plan when you already have one for your phone, and to which you can tether the Nook to if 3G is you connection of preference? Spock would cry.

  • http://twitter.com/ronoffringa Ron Offringa

    I thought about buying it for about 30 seconds… they should have had a lower price from the start. This is still too expensive. Why would I pay $500 for a device with a 7″ screen, when I can buy a 10″ device for the same price? This should have been sold for $400 WiFi only, $350 on contract. Otherwise it just doesn’t make financial sense. Part of me thinks they kept the price up so they could sell the Xoom later on around that price.

  • Anonymous

    Why when we’re less than a week away from 1 if not many new tablets, at least their announcement if not sale date!

  • jason w.s.

    Yup, i think Sammy came up too little, too late. There is absolutely no doubt i would already have one of these if only the price had been a little lower, a little sooner. Now, im just gonna hold out for Moto and the others, because im sure something nicer than the GTab is right around the corner, whether its as expensive or not. At this point, 400 bucks would seem like a deal on a Tablet after seeing i*ad and GTab prices for so long. I think the tablet and smart phone game is about to get really interesting and exciting (well for people like us) ;P

  • Rosalvo

    I was at Costco last week and they had the tab at 499 already. It’s still 100 dollars too expensive.

  • tommytmt

    Wow that makes me want to get one now!!… Sarcasm intended

  • Carol

    I am very happy with mine, too. The size is perfect for me and the battery lasts forever. I need 3g…no wifi at my office. Glad to see you comment in a positive way. The G tab seems to get slammed a lot.

  • Joker

    Its not worth it for one why would I buy a galaxy tab with a phone os on it? My phone already has it so no. For a tablet I need a os for the tablet in order to consider it a legit buy. Not worth the money once these newer tablets come running out they will have an os dedicated for the tablet so it will run a lot smoother and be way more productive

    • Nxus1ne

      you obviously don’t know that honeycomb is for phones and tablets.

      • DBK

        True, but it is primarily for tab use. If/when a phone uses it, it wouldn’t be fully utilized.

  • Riverjao

    Just holding out for that beautiful Motorola Tablet :) and I must confess that I am really anxious to see what HTC puts out.

  • Dean2359

    Do you have to buy the monthly or can i use it at home thru my WIFI?

    • Anonymous

      I do not have the 3G package; just wifi at home, and wifi via Droid X wireless tether.

  • Anonymous

    Figures…. my wife bought mine about 25 days ago. Oh well. Such is life. :) Glad the price has gone down though, this is a great device, and unlike the stuff to be announced at CES, it is available NOW, and its a great device.

    • Carol

      I am very happy with mine, too. The size is perfect for me and the battery lasts forever. I need 3g…no wifi at my office. Glad to see you comment in a positive way. The G tab seems to get slammed a lot.

      • Anonymous

        I absolutely love mine. I haven’t gone anywhere without it since Christmas morning. My Droid X has experienced some serious withdrawal symptoms.. :-)

        I have been a long-time Kindle user and find the 7″ form-factor of the Tab to be absolutely perfect.

        Alas, my wife bought it for me at Best Buy (she had a few hundred dollars in BB gift cards she earned); but I will check their price on it tomorrow to see if it has dropped. I would think they would honor a price drop within 30 days.

    • Anonymous

      If you got it 25 days ago you’re within your 30 day period, go get the difference or return it and re-buy it.

      • kaliblade

        Tablets (if its verizon) Have a 14 day grace period.

    • Bigrob60

      If its under 30 days you might be able to return it, get the refund, then get the moto tablet.

    • Bigrob60

      If its under 30 days you might be able to return it, get the refund, then get the moto tablet.

  • http://twitter.com/Evelasc0 Eric Velasco

    Costco has had this price for over a week.

  • S9779

    Must be clearing some inventory before the Motorola tab is announced. Might be a hard sell after.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone ever rented a movie off of the blockbuster app?

  • Anonymous

    Even if they dropped it to 300, or even 200, I don’t see them selling many of these with CES and Honeycomb literally right around the corner.

    • Jaymonster

      You forget there are plenty of consumers out there that don’t even know what CES is… and if the price is right … they’ll buy it.

  • Mchlls22

    Why the crappy cameras?

  • Anonymous

    If they want to compete with the ipad, they have to have a model that competes on price with the cheapest ipad ($500 with no contract). Most customers do not need or want 3G.

    I expect to see even cheaper, but still great quality, products at CES.

    • RichardL

      Consider that Apple says the average iPad sells for $645, and you will realize what Samsung is actually competing against – perception. This price drop helps, but they are up against formidable competition.

  • http://twitter.com/MBDOWNS Beamish

    When it first came out my price threshold was $399 so they are still $100 over-priced. With CES and 10″ Unicorns arriving next week even $399 would not get me to jump now. They missed their window for big sales by over-pricing the device when it was the only game in town.

  • Xkartiel

    Even if it drop to 200 I wouldn’t buy this piece of crap tablet.

    • Jaymonster

      Trooooooooll!

      In the dungeon… just thought you should know.

      • Anonymous

        Even if it rose 200 I would buy this freakin’ awesome tablet.

    • Jaymonster

      Trooooooooll!

      In the dungeon… just thought you should know.

    • Sleibow

      If going to call something have the balls to back it up with some facts, not hearsay

  • Anonymous

    meh doesn’t do anything my Droid X doesn’t do. Along with the ridiculous data fees and charges.

    • Anonymous

      movies look better on a 7″ screen and webpages render better without pinching and zooming all over the place. Hard to game on a 4″ screen.

      • Anonymous

        I’m finding that my rooted Nook Color does everything I want a tablet to do including gaming for $250 and in January the rumor is that B&N is releasing Froyo to it, along with making it a full fledged tablet for those unwilling to root. (plus I get way more than 8 hours battery life)

        • Anonymous

          Got mine off contract for $350 about 2 weeks ago… I’m already happy!
          Thx to Craigslist’s NIB items for sell by dummy. =-)

      • Anonymous

        It’s also hard to game when your primary source is via the Android Market.

      • Anonymous

        It’s also hard to game when your primary source is via the Android Market.

    • RichardL

      $20/mo for a GB is not ridiculous.

  • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

    At Best Buy, it was priced $499 with activation of the month to month service, anyway, and that seems to be how I’m reading it above. Am I misreading? Or was Best Buy the only one doing that?

  • Anonymous

    I think it only makes since, with the new tabs about to come out in 2011 and that steep price. I am sure Verizon and Samsung want to get some revenue out of the Glaxy Tab. Hopefully this means better pricing for the consumer in the future.

    The Tabs are still a novelty, not so much as a “Do I really need another toy”, type of decision. That could change if it was a phone as well. Just a thought there :P

  • Anonymous

    Happy new year!!!!