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AT&T deal slashes $100 off tablets with 2-year contract

AT&T is trying to entice tablet shoppers by offering $100 discounts with a two-year data contract. The deal includes Apple iPads and Android tablets and it’s available from both AT&T stores and online.

Unlike smartphones, which are heavily subsidized by carriers and tied to hefty monthly contracts, tablets like the iPad introduced a new model, where you pay full price for the slate and pay a small month-to-month fee for a data contract.

AT&T is now offering $100 off any tablet it sells, as long as you get it with a two-year data plan. This means you’d have to pay $479 instead of $579 for a 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular, $399 instead of $499 for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, or $699 for the Samsung ATIV Windows 8 slate instead of $799.

It could be a good deal, depending on your usage habits. Do the math, and factor in the ongoing cost of the data plan.

Four plans are available. If you are already with AT&T, you can add the tablet to a Mobile Share plan for $10 per month, allowing you to share from a single bucket of data from 1GB to 20GB with other devices.

Alternatively, you can choose a standalone plan. The AT&T DataConnect plans with cost $15 monthly for 250MB of data, $30 for 3GB, and $50 for 50GB of data.

Over the course of the two-year deal, the $30 per month data plan would cost you $720, which in most cases is more than the price of the tablet. So if you don’t think you would need cellular connectivity on your tablet constantly, you would be probably better off by buying the tablet at full price and pay for a data plan only when you need it.

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