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Sprint Adds First Spark-Equipped Tablet

Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint plans Aug. 15 availability of its first tablet equipped with Sprint Spark triband(800/1900/2,500 MHz) LTE technology, which is available in 27 markets and will expand to 100 million people by year’s end.

The tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 7-inch Android 4.4 tablet, which will be available in white and black. It features 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4,000 mAh battery, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.

The device will be available in all Sprint sales channels.

The company already sells the Tab 3 7.0 with LTE but not triband LTE.

With Sprint’s Easy Pay installment-payment plan and a service plan, the Tab 4 7.0 tablet is priced at $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $12.50, for a total of $299.

For a limited time only, Galaxy Tab 4 customers can get a $10 monthly service plan credit for 24 months, or a $240 value, with qualifying tablet and data plan of $10 or higher.

Galaxy Tab 4 can be activated on multiple Sprint tablet data plans, including a special plan available for a limited time. It offers 100MB of data for $10/month. Other tablet data plans include 1GB for $14.99, 3GB for $34.99, 6GB for $49.99, 12GB for $79.99, and 30GB for $109.

Sprint Spark delivers peak data speeds of 60Mbps, but the company plans later this year to launch two-channel (2x20MHz) carrier aggregation in the 2.5GHz band to further increase capacity and data speeds to more than 100Mbps peak.

Three-channel (3x20MHz) aggregation will launch in late 2015 to drive peak speeds up to more than 150Mbps.