AT&T on Monday announced that a 4G LTE-equipped version of its Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet will launch on November 20th. While this latest AT&T slate won’t be priced quite as high as the 10-inch HTC Jetstream AT&T is currently asking $700 for on contract, the 4G Galaxy Tab 8.9 will command a lofty $479.99 with a two-year commitment to a data plan starting at $14.99 for just 250MB per month. Subscribers can also choose a 2GB plan for $25 each month or a 3GB plan for $35 per month. The Tab 8.9 features a wide 8.9-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Android 3.2 Honeycomb and of course, an embedded 4G LTE radio. We reviewed the Galaxy Tab 8.9 last month and said we preferred the larger 10-inch model even though the software didn’t really impress us on either tablet. AT&T’s full press release follows below.

NEW 4G LTE TABLET AVAILABLE FOR AT&T CUSTOMERS

Ultra-Thin and Lightweight Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Available Nov. 20 in AT&T Stores and Online

AT&T 4G LTE Expanding to Six New Markets, Total of 15 Nationwide

DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2011

Key Facts

·         AT&T* introduced its second 4G LTE-enabled tablet for customers, the Samsung Galaxy™ Tab 8.9, an ultra-thin tablet perfect for Android fans who want an optimized Honeycomb experience in a best-in-class form factor.

·         Customers can purchase from AT&T stores and online beginning Nov. 20.

·         For a limited time, customers who select a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will receive a Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S™ II smartphone at no cost. A two year agreement is required on the smartphone.

·         Additionally, AT&T will launch 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in six new markets on Nov. 20: Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

·         The Nov. 20 launches will expand AT&T 4G LTE to 15 markets total, meeting its 2011 market commitment. AT&T plans to reach 70 million Americans by year-end 2011.

·         AT&T offers the only devices capable of 4G speeds utilizing both 4G LTE and HSPA+, for a consistently fast connection in and out of 4G LTE areas.

·         AT&T topped its goal to offer 20 4G devices this year. The addition of the new 4G LTE devices brings the 4G device total to 24.

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9

Exclusive to AT&T customers, the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 is a slim, lightweight tablet, running Android™ 3.2 and packed with optimized services from Google, AT&T and Samsung. The new tablet features a vivid 8.9-inch 1280×800 pixel high-resolution screen, powerful processor 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for fast multi-tasking, and tabbed browsing with support for HTML 5 and Adobe® Flash® Player.

·         4G LTE backed by 4G HSPA+

·         Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)

·         15.9 ounces light, 8.6mm thin

·         Brilliant 8.9” HD widescreen

·         3.2 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front facing camera

·         Tabbed browsing, Adobe Flash and HTML support

·         Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor

·         16 GB internal memory and expandable up to 32 GB via accessory option

·         1 GB RAM

·         TouchWiz® UX

·         Dimensions:  230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 will arrive in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online Nov. 20 for $479.99 with a two-year commitment.  For a limited time, customers who select a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will receive a Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S™ II smartphone at no cost. A two year agreement is required on the smartphone.  Learn more at http://www.att.com/tablets.

AT&T 4G LTE Data Plans

AT&T tablet customers can choose a $35, 3 GB monthly data plan option with a two-year contract, and customers who do not choose a long-term commitment may still select one of two existing monthly billing options for tablets:

·         Postpaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data plan will be charged $10 per 1 GB of overage. Charges will appear on customers’ monthly wireless statements offering the simplicity of a single bill.

·         Prepaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data plan may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25. Charges will appear on customers’ credit card statements.

AT&T 4G LTE smartphone customers can choose from tiered data plans starting as low as $15 per month. Existing smartphone customers do not have to make changes to their data plan. All plans include access to AT&T’s national Wi-Fi network of more than 29,000 hotspots.

·         DataPlus provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data for just $15 per month. An additional 200 MB of data usage is $15.

·         DataPro provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data for $25 per month. An additional 1 GB of data is $10. Customers who want to use their device as a mobile hotspot can sign up for DataPro 4GB for $45 a month, which lets you tether or share your data connection across multiple devices.

AT&T 4G LTE Footprint

With the Nov. 20 launches, AT&T 4G LTE will be available in 15 markets: Athens, Ga., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with compatible devices 4G speeds, meaning customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience, even when outside of an AT&T 4G LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.