The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Samsung has reached an agreement to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon networks. Reportedly, three seperate people familiar with the deal spoke with the Wall Street Journal, which symbolizes the heat-up of the tablet war. Samsung expects to sell over 10 million tablets through next year.
The availability of the tablet on those major network does not come as a surprise for many, me included. AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon all have a Galaxy S variant, so getting the Tab as well doesn't seem to be a stretch. However, T-Mobile remains strangely absent.
Seeing as the product was unveiled in Berlin, Germany, and that T-Mobile is a German company, it only makes sense that at least the German T-Mobile would carry the tablet, and if one part of the company is, why not the others? Maybe they are still in negotiations.
Android Central seems to channel my thinking when they observe the Wall Street Journal's story: "Three carriers, three sources. Coincidence? We think not." It may just be that they don't have a tipster from T-Mobile yet.
I would understand if Sprint wasn't mentioned just yet, as 4G tablet for them makes sense. Their Epic 4G has been fairly popular, and to really take advantage of their 4G network before Verizon and AT&T get their 4G networks up, more 4G-capable products couldn't hurt. Don't give up hope yet though, as I haven't seen word that the Sprint version won't be 4G.
Price-wise, the Galaxy Tab has been fluctuating like crazy. AndroidPIT's German side reported on listings for the device coming in at almost 600 Euros. Now, The Wall Street Journal writes that "Samsung product executive Hankil Yoon said in an interview last week that it would likely retail for between $200 and $300, although the final price would vary depending on different carriers' subsidies."
As we still have no official word from Samsung or any carriers, I recommend not taking the current listings too seriously. AndroidGuys notes that "Samsung has scheduled an event for later this week at New York City's Time Warner Center where it's expected they make these types of announcements formal and official."
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Source: The Wall Street Journal