Telstra, Vodafone and other mobile retailers have dramatically chopped their list price for the 7″ version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet line by more than half in some cases, with the device now costing as little as $408 outright — compared to $999 when it first launched in the closing months of 2010.
Telstra’s website now lists the 7″ Galaxy Tab tablet as being available for $408 outright or for an additional $7 per month on a $49 monthly plan for 24 months. That plan comes with a 7GB monthly data allowance. Telstra also offers similar $29 and $79 monthly plans for the Galaxy Tab. The news represents a dramatic price cut for the tablet of more than 50 percent.
However, Vodafone has also dramatically cut the price of the 7″ Galaxy Tab. It appears the Telstra pricing change was first reported by Gizmodo Australia.
When the company first launched the Galaxy Tab in late 2010, customers were forced to pay either an upfront charge of $999 for the device, or between $26 and $30 per month over a 24 month period for the handset, in addition to a normal mobile data plan. Now, however, Vodafone is listing the Galaxy Tab as costing between zero and $20 per month on a 24 month plan.
Vodafone is still, however, selling the 7″ Galaxy Tab for $999 upfront, despite the fact that online retailer Mobicity is also selling the device for the heavily discounted price of $529.
The price changes mean that the 7″ Galaxy Tab can be bought dramatically cheaper through both Telstra and Vodafone than it can through Optus, which does not appear to have changed the pricing on its 7″ Galaxy Tab plans.
The news comes as most of Australia’s mobile telcos are believed to be planning substantial tablet launches over the next few months. Vodafone will shortly launch the 10.1v version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line, while Telstra on Friday declined to comment on a report that it is in talks with Motorola to launch the company’s highly anticipated Xoom tablet in the next month or so.
Late on Thursday local Android blog Ausdroid — which has been correct in its reports of a number of other Android handset launches on Australian shores — reported Telstra would launch the Xoom and Atrix in mid-May, alongside a slew of other handsets from manufacturers like Samsung and Sony Ericsson, some of which are already known about.
Telstra, Optus and Vodafone also sell 3G connectivity options for Apple’s iPad tablet, although they don’t sell the device directly. In addition, both Telstra and Optus sell their own self-branded tablets, manufactured respectively by Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE.
Internationally, the Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom, alongside HTC’s Flyer tablet and Research in Motion’s PlayBook device (which is not based on the Android platform) have attracted a high degree of interest, as they are seen as the chief competitors to Apple’s iPad, which has achieved strong sales figures internationally and currently dominates the Australian market for tablets.
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