AT&T announced that they will slash the price of a tablet by $100 if buyers sign up for a two-year data contract, but no one should sign up for such a bad deal.
All the mobile carriers offer phones at a considerable discount in exchange for a two-year contract that customers can only break for a large early termination fee of $325 minus $10 per month that the customer used of that two years.
Buying a phone with these discounts make sense, because the user saves hundreds of dollars. However, when a person only receives a $100 discount and is on the hook for three times that amount in an early termination fee, it doesn’t make sense unless the buyer knows certainly that they will stay signed up for the full two years.
The new discount will start Friday, November 9th. The customer must buy the tablet at an AT&T company owned store or online via their website. Other AT&T resellers may offer the deal, so ask at places like Best Buy or Radio Shack, if interested in taking advantage. While the AT&T’s announcement doesn’t say whether the early termination fee will match current policies, we confirmed that it does.
AT&T says customers can sign up for a new contract or add their device to an AT&T Mobile Share plan for $10/month. Here’s the list of data options available.
- AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
- AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
- AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
- AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB
Users looking for lower up front costs may want to consider Verizon’s tablet payment plan, which allows customers to pay for a tablet in monthly installments with no long term contract.