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Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint November 14 Now Official

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I alluded to info earlier this morning that we’d see the Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint beginning on November 14. Well, now it is official as the press release below shows.

$399 will get you the Galaxy Tab for those eligible for an upgrade or looking for new contract. There will be two data plans to choose from. A 2GB plan with unlimited messaging will set you back $29.99 a month and a 5GB plan with unlimited messaging will cost you $59.99 a month. Sprint will also be offering an optional (costs $29.99 extra) mobile hotspot plan that will allow you to connect up to five devices. I don’t see a mention in the press announcement of non-contract pricing or pay-as-you go plans.

Sprint must be expecting some demand here as they are doing a pre-order deal that looks like you have to purchase a $50 Sprint gift card to take advantage of. You’ll get your name added to a Device Wait List and get contacted for an appointment to complete your purchase on Sunday, November 14. I’m assuming the $50 goes towards the purchase of the device. From the looks of it you can pre-order today.

Press Release follows:

Award-Winning Samsung Galaxy Tab,

Sprint’s First Android-Powered Mobile Tablet,

Debuts Nationwide on Nov. 14

As the perfect combination of e-reader, media player and mini-PC,
Samsung Galaxy Tab features the reliability of the Sprint 3G network,
a super fast 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 and two cameras

Starting today, customers can pre-order Samsung Galaxy Tab
at any Sprint Store; For more information, visit www.sprint.com/tab

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Oct. 25, 2010 – What do you get when you combine an entertainment device for e-books, movies, music and games with an amazing 7-inch screen and fast and easy access to the Web, video chat and apps in an incredibly portable design?  Samsung Galaxy Tab™, the award-winning1 mobile tablet, available from Sprint beginning Sunday, Nov. 14, at select Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web sales and telesales at
1-800-SPRINT1.

Beginning today, customers can pre-order a tablet at any participating Sprint Store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card.  Customers who pre-order Samsung Galaxy Tab will have their name added to the Device Wait List and be contacted to set up an appointment to complete their Samsung Galaxy Tab purchase beginning on Sunday, Nov. 14.  Through the pre-order process, customers will have peace of mind knowing they are able to get the device they want and receive the full retail experience, including Sprint’s Ready Now customer service experience.

It will cost $399.99 (taxes not included) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement on a 3G Tablet Mobile Broadband plan.  Sprint customers will have two rate plans to choose from for their Samsung Galaxy Tab: a 2GB data plan with unlimited messaging for $29.99 per month or a 5GB data plan with unlimited messaging for $59.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges).

“Samsung Galaxy Tab is another Android innovation for Sprint, adding a new category of wireless devices to the Sprint portfolio,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint.  “Samsung Galaxy Tab is a powerful entertainment device and business tool that offers our customers high-end features, including a blazing-fast processor, beautiful touchscreen for watching videos and Web browsing, two cameras, video chat capabilities and access to the Sprint 3G network with affordable rate plans that let customers take advantage of the advanced data capabilities their device offers.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab weighs less than a pound and features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT touchscreen display, Android 2.2, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor, supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing, as well as dual cameras for video chat on-the-go. It offers two fast and easy ways to enter text onto the tablet – a virtual keyboard and SWYPE technology for faster and more intuitive text input with one continuous finger motion across the virtual keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Tab features two cameras – a 3-megapixel camera with camcorder and flash, and a front-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera enabling video chat.  It also offers mobile hotspot capability as an optional add-on to simultaneously connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices for an additional $29.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges).

Additional key features include:

  • Android Market™ for access to more than 80,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • ThinkFree Office to open and make changes to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDF documents
  • Sprint Navigation can also be added for $2.99 per day or $9.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges)
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Integrated GPS
  • 2GB onboard memory, 16GB microSD card included, with support for up to a 32GB microSD card
  • 4,000 mAh battery

On-The-Go Movie Theater Experience

Samsung Media Hub offers an easy-to-use mobile video store with movies and TV shows available for purchase or rental and video content set up for an HD-like entertainment experience.  Users can quickly get downloads of a full library of video content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment using Wi-Fi, including MTV Networks, NBC Universal and Paramount.

Samsung Galaxy Tab will also enable sharing user-generated video content with other devices with Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service.  AllShare wirelessly shares stored music, pictures and HD-like video (720p) to other DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified™ home electronics, including HDTVs, monitors, digital cameras and printers.  Through AllShare, users can capture special moments with the phone’s camera and camcorder and wirelessly show them to friends or family on their DLNA-certified HDTV or download music from a PC to Samsung Galaxy Tab and take it on the road.

To make staying connected faster and easier, Samsung Galaxy Tab includes Samsung Social Hub, designed to integrate social networking services, messages, personal and business email, calendars and contacts. Calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar and social networking services, are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.

For more information about Samsung Galaxy Tab, visit www.sprint.com/tab.

Reliability from Sprint 3G

Samsung Galaxy Tab will operate on the Sprint 3G network and customers can be confident in their ability to stay connected.  According to the results of a 13-city test conducted by PC World on 3G performance, no one has a more reliable network than Sprint. For the second consecutive year, Sprint’s reliability rates were second-to-none.

PC World’s test involved Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in 13 major cities in all regions of the country during December 2009 and January 2010. In all, roughly 9,000 individual tests of Sprint’s 3G service were conducted from 280 testing locations.  Testing sessions were one minute in duration per location, and network performance can be highly variable from neighborhood to neighborhood. In laptop-based tests, Sprint tied with another carrier for first in 3G network reliability.

With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of Samsung Galaxy Tab for 30 days.  If not completely satisfied, customers may return the device within 30 days to get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.2

Sprint also offers online self help through www.sprint.com and proactive data usage email and/or text notifications from Sprint will allow user to manage consumption of data to prevent billing surprises.

Application Developers

A Sprint developer guide for Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available on the Sprint Application Developer website beginning Nov. 14.  The developer guide will provide details for an Android 2.2 tablet and how to take advantage of Samsung Galaxy Tab’s unique hardware and software capabilities on the Sprint network.

In addition, Samsung Galaxy Tab development will be featured at the Sprint Developer Conference in breakout sessions, discussed during the Android coding lab and demonstrated in the exhibit hall.   The Sprint Developer Conference is Oct. 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif.  Developers can register for the conference at http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2010.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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Visit www.sprint.com/newswroom or www.sprint.com/presskits for more information and images.

Features, services and specifications subject to change.

1 The Samsung Galaxy Tab won four CTIA Hot for the Holidays awards in the Globetrotter category, Road Warrior category, Fashionista category, and the Hottest in Show category.

2 Refund excludes usage not associated with the monthly service plan, premium content, third-party billing, international charges and associated taxes and Sprint surcharges.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

1 Comment

  1. Stefan

    10/27/2010 at 4:45 am

    Hi,

    any information about inking? and glare?

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