The Samsung Galaxy Tab is poised to repeat the feat pulled by its smartphone cousin, the Galaxy S, of launching in very many different countries or territories with very many different carriers.
The story is no different in the United States. The Galaxy S is available, in one version or another, from all the Big Four US carriers. And the Galaxy Tab will reportedly be sold by three of those carriers, namely AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. T-Mobile was strangely left out. Perhaps they didn’t think the tablet space was interesting enough to deserve a subsidy, although judging from the iPad’s sales TMo may be wrong on this one.
Whatever the reason, the news is that three people familiar with the matter have said that the Galaxy Tab will launch on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Furthermore, two sources have confirmed that the official unveiling of the Galaxy Tab for the US will take place on September 16th at an event in New York that was previously thought to be about a new Galaxy S smartphone.
The invites to that event were even branded “Galaxy S”, so if it turns out to be just about the tablet, who knows what Samsung’s marketing people were thinking.
There’s no further info on the prices the Galaxy Tab will sell for in the US, but the subsidized prices are expected to be in the $200-300 range mentioned before. Verizon is apparently still considering whether to subsidize the device or not, and if they decide not to, the Galaxy Tab’s price on Big Red may be significantly higher.
Other confirmed carriers for the Tab elsewhere include Vodafone in the UK and O2 in Germany, although many more will surely join in as time passes.
As we’ve heard before, Samsung expect to sell 10 million Galaxy tablets, which would be impressive if accomplished. And having all these carrier deals will surely help with that.
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