The 4G version of the Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will hit Verizon Wireless stores Thursday and run just $30 more than the already released Wi-Fi only version -- that is, as long as you sign up for a two-year data plan.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G, available with either a white or dark gray plastic back, will sell through Verizon (with a two-year 4G contract) for $529.99 for the 16-gigabyte model and $629.99 for the 32-gigabyte model, said Ken Muche, a Verizon spokesman.
The Wi-Fi only version of the 16-gigabyte model sells for $499.99 while the Wi-Fi only 32-gigabyte version sells for $599.99.
Without a 2-year 4G-LTE data plan, the carrier will sell the 4G-capable Galaxy Tab 10.1 at iPad-3G-matching prices that are $100 more than than with a contract -- $629.99 for the 16-gigabyte model and $729.99 for the 32-gigabyte model, Verizon's website said.
Meanwhile, some owners of the Motorola Xoom tablet may be feeling a bit burned right about now. The Xoom went on sale through Verizon in February with 3G connectivity and the promise of a soon-to-come free 4G-LTE upgrade from Motorola and Verizon (which will eventually require Xoom owners to mail in their tablets to get 4G antennas installed).
Well, it's now July and the 4G upgrade for the Xoom still hasn't rolled around. No word yet from Verizon or Motorola as to when the Xoom is expected to catch up to the Galaxy Tab in the 4G regard.