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AT&T Ditches Tablet Subsidies

HTC Jetstream

AT&T has officially ditched its subsidies for all tablets. Rumors surfaced on Sunday suggesting that the changes were about to go into effect, and now AT&T’s website suggests they have. The carrier never offered the iPad with a subsidy so, for the moment, the changes only apply to anyone interested in buying an HTC Jetstream, a Pantech Element or a refurbished Galaxy Tab 8.9. You’ll still need to buy a qualifying data plan, of course, but at least you won’t be locked into a two-year contract.

Customers will¬†however, be able to use the tablets with AT&T’s new Mobile Share data plans, which launch on August 23 and provide a bucket of data that multiple devices can access. Tablets, for example, cost $10 per month for connectivity.

As a Nexus 7 owner, I kind of wish it also had AT&T connectivity now. I’d definitely be willing to drop $10 a month to share the data I already pay for with my smartphone. We’ve reached out to AT&T for comment on the changes but the carrier did not have a statement at this time.

[via The Verge, AT&T, Engadget]


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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