The earliest tablets on offer from US carriers were sold without subsidies and with high plan costs.
Sprint seems set to correct that mistake—somewhat. In an announcement yesterday, Sprint said that it would offer Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with LTE for just $49.99 to new and eligible subscribers, along with a two-year contract. The addition of the tablet will cost just $5 per month on top of a subscriber’s monthly plan fees, and the device will be supported by Sprint’s One Up annual upgrade program. The Tab 3 will be available in white on October 11, with a “Midnight Black” option to follow in time for the holidays.
For those who need a refresher, the 7″ slate runs Samsung’s flavor of Android 4.2 on Qualcomm silicon (a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400) and pushes a 7″ 1024×600 display. Not exactly top-shelf stuff. The Wi-Fi version is available for $199 from most major e-tailers, and AT&T earlier this year announced its plan to offer its own LTE variant.
Performance on the Tab 3 may not be groundbreaking, but if you’ve been looking to add some mobility to your tablet computing, it may be a solution for you.