Once again, AT&T has been chosen as the exclusive mobile data provider for a new product.
Consumers who want to have on-the-go data available with their Iconia Tab will be able to pick up the device with built-in 4G connectivity from AT&T on September 18.
The price for the 4G version will be $480, but those willing to sign a two-year service contract with AT&T can get it for just $330. The latter requires a $35 monthly data plan.
Those who want to opt for month-to-month service can grab 250 MB of data for $15/month or $25/month for 2 GB.
For a low-end tablet, the Iconia Tab packs a punch. It has a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and runs on Android Honeycomb. It has a 10.1-inch display, making it on par with the iPad.
One footnote to add is that even though AT&T calls the service ‘4G,’ many have criticized that the carrier’s high-speed service is only a marginal upgrade from 3G and is nowhere near on par with competitors like Sprint and Verizon.
AT&T does plan to upgrade its 4G network to the more robust LTE standard, but that does not include the Iconia Tab.
AT&T has managed to reduce the damage done by losing its iPhone exclusivity by focusing on providing mobile data to . It assumedly locks in sweetheart deals with manufacturers to grab exclusivity to such products as the Kindle, Sony’s upcoming Playstation Vita, and now the Iconia Tab.