Telstra and Vodafone reduce Samsung Galaxy Tab by more than half

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  • Originally $999, now $408

Telstra and Vodafone have cut the pricing of the seven inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, with Telstra offering the tablet for just $408 outright.

When the device was first released in late 2010, the upfront charge was $999. The Galaxy Tab can also be purchased on 24-month contracts which include mobile data to use each month.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab uses the Android 2.2 operating system, and can connect to the internet either via Wi-Fi or via the mobile network. Weighing only 390 grams, it features both a rear and front-facing camera and is capable of recording video and allowing video calling. The device is also flash-enabled and comes with a 16GB internal memory (which can be expanded to up to 32GB).

Vodafone and Samsung have partnered together to make way for the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will be priced at $729 outright and will be available to Vodafone customers from mid-April. When purchased outright, Vodafone will include 3GB to use with the new tablet.

“We are excited to partner with Vodafone to launch this limited edition tablet as part of our expanding range of tablet devices,” said Tyler McGee, vice president of telecommunications, Samsung Electronics Australia. “Samsung continually strives to deliver leading, first to market technologies and the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1v is no exception.”

Telstra is allegedly in talks with Motorola on launching the manufacturer’s highly anticipated Xoom tablet. Both the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola’s Xoom are key competitor’s to the iPad 2 which Apple released last month.