Samsung Cuts US Carrier Deals, Gets Sept 16 Unveiling

Samsung Cuts US Carrier Deals, Gets Sept 16 Unveiling

After a successful European unveiling, Samsung were quiet on release dates and availability in North America as it tried to work out deals with various carriers.

It appears that the electronics giant has managed to establish deals with Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint to carry its new Galaxy Tab device, intentionally putting an end to carrier exclusivity so that customers of all networks can take advantage of carrier subsidises and order the new tablet.

WSJ reported the deals, confirmed to them by three independent sources, and it is expected that Samsung will unveiled its Galaxy Tab at an event held at the Time Warner Center in New York City on September 16.

T-Mobile USA have yet to confirm they will be carrying the tablet, the only company of the big four US networks, a device that will likely retail for between $200 and $300 depending on independent carrier deals, but could cost up to $800 if bought unlocked.

Samsung will hope the deals with carriers will appeal to consumers as it tries to compete against Apple’s iPad. The iPad require customers to take out a separate data tariff if they intend to buy a 3G unit with no carrier subsidies available.

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