AT&T announces pricey Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 for their 4G LTE network

Posted on 14. Nov, 2011 by in Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet landscape

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is one of the best looking Android tablets around. Image: Samsung

Late today AT&T Wireless Inc. announced a new tablet for their 4G LTE network which they also announced would be expanding to a total of 15 cities shortly.

AT&T will start playing host to the 4G LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet on November 20, 2011. The new 8.9-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb clad tablet from Samsung will set AT&T customers back $479.99 on two-year contract. For what is pretty much $480 the AT&T subscriber will get a tablet with 16GB of built-in storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 3.2 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, a 2 megapixel front facing camera, in a package that weights only 15.9 ounces and measures 8.6mm thin.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is unlike most Android 3.x Honeycomb tablets in that it’s not supplied with a built-in HDMI port or microSD card slot. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 features a 30-pin dock connector that works with Samsung official adapters (which cost $19.99USD and up) to offer SD card, HDMI, and USB 2.0 support to the tablet.

AT&T plans to include, for a limited amount of time, a free Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S™ II smartphone at no cost with purchase of the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. The smartphone you chose will need a separate two-year contract for service, both Samsung smartphones feature 4G LTE support just like the Samsung tablet.

Here are the 4G LTE data packages that AT&T will provide:

  • Contract customer: 3 GB monthly data plan for $35/month with a two-year contract
  • Postpaid (no contract): $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data plan will be charged $10 per 1 GB of overage. Charges will appear on customers’ monthly wireless statements offering the simplicity of a single bill.
  • Prepaid (no contract): $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data plan may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25. Charges will appear on customers’ credit card statements.
ATandT 4G LTE speeds vs 3G banner

This graphic speaks for itself. AT&T says their 4G LTE network speeds are up to 10x faster than 3G, but 4G speeds aren't available everywhere.

However getting back to AT&T and what they’ll offer their 4G LTE customers. Today the carrier announced that on November 20, 2011 their 4G LTE network will include support for Athens, Ga., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

If you’re a long time AT&T user then you should know that AT&T will continue to offer HSPA+ and LTE technologies for 4G services, making themselves the only carrier in the United States to offer the two options.

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