O2 Backs 3G Galaxy Tab Over iPad 2, Cuts Tablet Price To £299

Telefonica-owned O2 has stated that it wouldn't offer subsidised Apple iPad 2 tablets for sale but it has quietly cut the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, one of the many rivals to Apple's tablet, to an all time low of £299.

The deal is available if you buy a 2GB Pay and Go Mobile Broadband package from O2 which comes with unlimited access to thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across the country at the cost of £15.32 per month (although you are only tied to O2 for one month).

How good is it of a deal? Dabs sells the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab for around £544, nearly twice the price of O2's, the only difference being that the latter is locked to the network.

There's of course the added benefit of being able to use that tablet with GiffGaff, the little known mobile virtual network phone operator from O2 that offers so many great deals, especially after O2 choose to alter its package last week.

Giffgaff's £10 Goodybag for example gets you 250 UK minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited mobile internet for a month, renewable at the end of each month. A similar offer from O2 with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB internet allowance would cost £21.50.

As for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it is still a very decent smartphone more than six months after it was launched with Amazon listing it then for £799.

It is only 12mm thick and weighs 380g, has a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird system on chip with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 512MB RAM, 16GB microSD card extendable to 48GB, a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (1024x600 pixels), a 4000mAh battery, a 3-megapixel rear camera with a 1.3-megapixel front facing one.