Telus Launches Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Introduces New Tablet Flex Plans

by Gaurav Kheterpal on September 9, 2011

Telus yesterday announced that the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet is now available in its stores. The carrier has also introduced the ‘Tablet Flex Data Plan‘ which automatically adjusts each month, to offer users the best monthly fee according to their data usage and helps avoid unexpected overage fees.

For what it’s worth, Rogers is also expected to release the Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G shortly, and the rumor mill suggests that it might trigger a war by pricing it $50 cheaper than Telus.

In fact, the Galaxy Tab seems to be the flavor of the week – several reports suggest a Windows-based Galaxy tab could make its debut next week. On the other hand, just days after introducing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at the IFA consumer electronics show, the company yanked the tablet after a German court order.

Telus says it’s introducing the $5 Tablet Flex Plan to celebrate the launch of its’ first 4G tablet. The lowest tier of the newly-launched plan is $5 per month for 10 megabytes (MB) of data. If a customer goes over 10 MB in a month, the plan automatically flexes into the higher tier – $10 up to 100 MB or, $20 up to 500 MB or $35 with five Gigabytes (GB) per month. Overage is 2¢/MB. The offer is available until November 1, 2011. The downside – data is valid for 30 days from activation and cannot be carried over month to month. The Tablet Flex Plan renews itself every 30 days unless consumers change or cancel it.

“Our Clear and Simple commitment means TELUS customers can experience the full power of the web, worry-free. With our new Tablet Flex Plan, TELUS customers can enjoy their Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 at a relatively low cost, without being concerned about overage,” said David Fuller, TELUS’ Chief Marketing Officer. “Whether you’re using your tablet for business or just enjoying your favourite entertainment, we are committed to offering a superior experience. A visit to the TELUS Learning Centre is a great first step for Canadians looking to take the leap and purchase a tablet on Canada’s fastest coast-to-coast 4G network*.”

The Wi-Fi version of Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been available in Canada for quite some time. Besides Telus and Rogers, the 4G version is expected to make its way to Bell, Virgin Mobile, and Sasktel as well. After HP announced its plans to discontinue the TouchPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is widely regarded as the next best thing to iPad 2. It sports a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen, dual-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of local storage, 3 megapixel camera with LED flash on the back plus a 2 megapixel camera on the front for video chatting. How well it sells on Telus and overall in Canada remains to be seen.

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