Sunday, Nov. 21, was a big day for AT&T as it began to sell Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and joined other major cellular carriers in the mobile hot spot market with the Novatel-made MiFi 2372.
With its Galaxy announcement, AT&T became the last of the big four cellular carriers to announce plans for Samsung’s 3G-equipped unit, available yesterday at an unsubsidized $649 with prepaid-data plans.
One prepaid data plan costs $14.99 for 30 days if use with a cap of 250MB of usage. The other monthly plan costs $25 for up to 2GB of usage. The data plans also include unlimited access to AT&T’s national Wi-Fi network at no additional charge.
Among the top four carriers, AT&T joins only Verizon Wireless is offering the Tab only at an unsubsidized price. Other carriers adopted a different strategy. TMobile and Sprint offer their version of the Tab at a subsidized price, a two-year data-plan contract and at an unsubsidized price with prepaid data plans.
T-Mobile priced its Galaxy Tab at $399 with two-year data contract and at an unsubsidized $599 without contract. Sprint’s Tab is available at $399 with a two-year 3G data contract and at an unsubsidized no-contract $599 with prepaid data service as an option.
Verizon Wireless is offering its version of the Tab only at an unsubsidized $599 with prepaid monthly access plans beginning at $20 a month for 1GB of data.
The Galaxy Tab features a 7-inch enhanced TFT touch screen, 1GHz Hummingbird application processor, Adobe Flash support, dual cameras and is powered by the Android 2.2 platform.
For its Tab, AT&T will also offer international data-roaming plans for its Tab to provide data coverage in more than 100 countries, including Europe and Asia, at prices starting at $24.99. For a limited time, the carrier is also offering a $50 Samsung Media Hub movie-rental credit with Galaxy Tab purchases. Through the Media Hub, users download movies and TV shows via Wi-Fi for purchase or rental.
On the mobile hot spot front AT&T began selling yesterday the MiFi 2372, which runs on the carrier’s 7.2Mbps HSPA 3G data network.
The device is now available at AT&T-owned stores nationwide or on the carrier’s web site at $49.99 with two-year commitment to any of AT&T’s Laptop Connect data plans and after $100 mail-in rebate, which takes the form of a promotion card.
The MiFi will simultaneously connect up to five Wi-Fiequipped mobile devices to the Internet, including laptops, tablets, the iPod Touch, and portable game players.
The device’s OS also delivers browser-based downloading of widgets to add such apps as data-usage tracking, SMS, as well as GPS-enabled locationbased widgets, including GeoSearch and GeoWeather. It features embedded GPS and built-in microSDHC slot for storage capacity up to 32GB.