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AT&T Ditches Tablet Subsidies

by Todd Haselton | August 20, 2012August 20, 2012 10:00 am PDT

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]

Todd Haselton

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