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Samsung Galaxy Tab : Don't Buy Pay Monthly Contracts

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.