When Android tablets first launched, we clamored for versions that did not require us to tie into expensive data plans. Most of us ended up choosing WiFi-only tablets because of the premium price tag attached to 4G or LTE-ready slates. Doug Chartier, senior VP at T-Mobile, says this has lead us to become trapped in the “WiFi zone” and is looking to give more people the affordable option of picking up a data-enabled tablet. He and T-Mobile are turning to Walmart for help.
Starting today, Walmart is offering the 4G-powered Apollo Brands Quad Core tablet for $179. However, this budget device will be overshadowed when Walmart will start selling the 4G-powered HP Slate 7 HD for $229 next month. Both of these devices are aiming to come in at an affordable price point to get more tablets in the hands of people. Each features an HD display, dual cameras, and low level processors.
But tablets are only so useful without internet connections.By picking up either of these tablets at Walmart, T-Mobile is offering 200MB each month of 4G speeds “for life.” Of course, if you are looking to use more than the paltry 200MB data limit, T-Mo and Walmart will have passes for you – $35 per month gets you 3.5GB or $50 for 5GB.
If you are in the market for an affordable (read: cheap) tablet solution to pair with a mobile plan that won’t sink your bank account, this might be for you.