Samsung tablets usually get picked up by at least one or two of the big American carriers, and so it goes with the enormous 18.4-inch Galaxy View. Today AT&T announced that it will begin selling an LTE-equipped version of the tablet starting on Friday, November 20th. It will cost you $600 outright, or $30 a month for 20 months on AT&T's installment plan, or $500 if you agree to a two year service contract. (Don't do that.) But wait, there's more: that AT&T-DirecTV acquisition is about to pay some serious dividends for customers of both companies.
If you're an existing AT&T customer but you don't have DirecTV, you can sign up for a new two-year TV service agreement and buy a Galaxy View for just $100. Alternately, if you're an existing DirecTV customer, you can buy a new AT&T smartphone, pay for it with AT&T Next, and then get a Galaxy View for $100. Either way, that's $500 off of the retail price. Not bad at all.
Of course that's only a deal if you want both AT&T and DirecTV service, and you're okay with paying for one or both for about two years. Neither company is particularly high in the scale of consumer-friendly corporations, though respective competitors Verizon and Comcast (which are occasional partners themselves) are known to be even worse. And to be fair, the AT&T-LTE version of the tablet has the same retail price as the Wi-Fi version. If you're already an AT&T customer and you were considering a buy, it might make sense to go for the mobile model.