updated 01:35 pm EDT, Mon August 1, 2011
Verizon cuts 50 on buying tablet with smartphone
Verizon has quietly started up a month-long promo to spur on tablet adoption. Anyone who buys a smartphone on a two-year contract between August 1 and 31 gets a $50 discount on buying a 3G or 4G tablet at the same time, also on a contract. Unlike most such promos, it includes the iPad 2 in addition to the Android tablets on Verizon's roster.
Only the original iPad and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi are exceptions to the deal. Verizon takes care to include both new and upgrading customers as well as small-to-medium businesses and its own staff.
Verizon regularly has multi-device deals and is best known for its BOGO (Buy One Get One) deals, but until now it hasn't done the same for tablets. The discount may be to get more customers signing up for tablet contracts, which so far hasn't proved successful in the US. Most Americans and those in other key countries often prefer to buy 3G or 4G devices at full price and use them with prepaid data.
The discount might play into Samsung's hands the most. It already subsidizes the Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G model down to $529 with a contract and would get buyers down to $479 where Apple's model will still cost $100 more. [via Droid-Life]