vzw galaxy tab

Though it previously retailed for $599, the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab can now be purchased from Best Buy without a contract for just $499. The price drop may be an indication that the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab could retail for much less.

Update: It looks like this is fake! Our own source at Best Buy, as well as calls to various brick-and-mortar locations, suggest to us that this is just a case of Photoshop trickery. Sorry for any confusion! -- Aaron

Update 2: According to commenter K, this deal has indeed been going on for a bit - to get the discounted price, you have to sign up for at least the $20 plan, which can be canceled after the first month. We have not confirmed this information yet. -- Artem

The new price also puts the Galaxy Tab in direct competition with the cheapest Apple iPad (16GB, WiFi-only), which also retails for $499.

vzw galaxy tab

Although this version of the Galaxy Tab does not come with a contract, it still requires a Verizon account to activate it after purchase. The monthly price plans are as follows:

  • $20/month for 1GB of data
  • $35/month for 3GB of data
  • $50/month for 5GB of data
  • $80/month for 8GB of data

After purchasing the device and signing up for a plan, you must commit to it for at least a month before you are allowed to cancel the contract. Still, it's a decent deal - enjoy!

Source: Android Central

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  • Phil.Dalgleish

    fail... look at the valid date at the bottom of the picture...


  • froyo

    want it for $300 no contract, wifi only

  • anon

    I hope some of the android tablets coming in 2011 come with wifi only. It would annoy me if I saw a good tablet but I have to pay more for a feature I don't want.

  • milt

    Why does Verizon have to be greedy and charge the 20 per month to activate? This is just a rip off. Verizon employee told me you only have to pay for one month, and then cancel, but the wifi will still work. Not sure if she was correct. Anyone done this?

  • Frank

    Hey guys on top of $20.00 per month + Activation Fee first time $35.00, This is too much for the first month.

    We can try within 30 days and return for refund but not for service and activation fee. We can use a wifi at home.

    Does it worth it for paying $55.00 plus $499.00?

  • Jas

    saw it for 499.99 at costco a while ago, in San Jose, CA

  • K

    It's not fake guys. I've had Best Buy reps confirm this deal has been going on all month. You have to purchase a $20 data plan to get the deal though, but you can cancel that after the first month.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Hrm, one store said it was $500 but the rep said it too quickly over the phone, and I don't think he actually checked. I called another store, and the guy said he checked with his manager, and neither of them know about this deal. Still skeptical until I can find out all the details. And expiration of 2012 doesn't add confidence. Hrm.

  • http://www.knowwherebetter.com kevin munro

    I just returned from best buy (Cincinnati), and indeed it is true. First month data plan required. I would cancel that at the first opportunity.

  • thomas

    I just got it but unhappy
    1st month taxers fees and activation
    $75 bucks
    save $100 and pay $75 woopee

  • pax

    still toooooooooooo much.