It is quite incredible how the five UK mobile phone operators are not only charging high prices for the Samsung Galaxy Tab but also, providing users with more expensive data and voice plans.
This is on top of them locking their users into what is essentially a PAYG Samsung Galaxy Tab; mobile Networks charge between £469 and £530 for the Galaxy Tab whereas the SIM Free model can be purchased from Comet for only £400.
As mentioned before, none of the network carriers are actually selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab direct, with free minutes and texts, thereby making it useless as a smartphone (and threatening to kill it completely).
Instead, we whole-heartedly advise our readers to buy SIM-only plans and the Galaxy Tab separately. Data Plans can be purchased from as little as £3.33 per month, a deal which includes 500MB monthly browsing.
A £5 one-month data plan contract from Three UK gives you twice the amount while a £10 per month one from Giffgaff gives you "unlimited" internet forever plus 250 minutes and unlimited texts on a 30-days contract; all come without unlimited public Wi-Fi though.
With a total cost of ownership of £640 over two years (£26.67 per month), the Giffgaff offer represents excellent value for money as it includes free texts and minutes as well as a much higher data allowance and an average saving of £179 over the duration of the contract.
The fact that you can use the Galaxy Tab as a wireless hotspot is a bonus especially if you use the One Plan (with unlimited data) that 3 UK launched at the beginning of the month.