Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile became the first carrier to announce pricing and availability of an LTE-equipped tablet in Samsung’s new Tab 4 series.
In expanding its tablet selection, the carrier priced the Tab 4 8.0 at $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $16 for a total of $384. The Android 4.4 tablet will be available for preorder at T-Mobile.com on July 16 and will be available in participating T-Mobile stores nationwide on July 23. Availability through the indirect channel was not disclosed.
The Tab 4 series also includes a 7-inch model and 10.1-inch model. Wi-Fi versions of all Tab 4 tablets are already available through retailers, but all four carriers have pledged to offer one or more LTE-equipped Tab 4 models in the summer. Sprint has said it will offer the Tab 4 7.0, and Verizon Wireless will offer the 8.0 and 10.1. AT&T hasn’t specified which Tab 4 model or models it would offer in the summer.
The Wi-Fi models are available at UPP prices of $199, $269 and $349 for the 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch models, respectively.
When the LTE Tab 4 8.0 is purchased for the T-Mobile network, users can add it to their existing Simple Choice Plan at no additional cost and get almost 1.2GB of free LTE data every month through the end of 2014 and 200MB of free data per month beyond that for the life of the tablet.
Last month, T-Mobile began offering the 2014 edition of the LTE-equipped Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet on June 4 at $99.99 down and 24 monthly payments of $23 on T-Mobile’s equipment installment plan for a total of $651.99.
In May, the carrier announced that Walmart would offer its first two cellular-equipped tablets with the launch of two T-Mobile-network 4G tablets at $179 and $229 from Apollo Brands and HP.
The Tab 4 8.0 sports a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 1,280 by 800 WXGA screen, simultaneous display of two apps at a time, and a multiuser mode that lets different family members retrieve their own settings. It also features 3- and 1.3-megapixel cameras and a 4,450 mAh battery.