The days of buying a tablet or netbook from Verizon Wireless at a cheaper price in exchange for a 2-year contract are over. Late last month, Verizon quietly removed all subsidized pricing from their tablets and netbooks, a move that was made in conjunction with the new shared data plans. Want a 16GB Droid Xyboard 8.2? It’s going to set you back $529; a 64GB Xyboard 10.1, $829.99.
While some might say that this is a bad deal, I personally think that it’s a good move by Verizon. Tablets were never meant to be sold on-contract. They should be sold like other computers, at full price, and with the option to add a data plan without being committed for 2 years. While the prices might be high, the model is correct.
The subsidized deals offered on tablets were never appealing in the first place. Take a look at the Xyboards, for example. The on-contract pricing for the Xyboard 10.1 was the following:
16GB for $529.99, 32GB for $629.99, and 64GB for $729.99
The off-contract pricing for the same 10.1 inch Xyboard is the following:
16GB for $699.99, 32Gb for $799.99, and 64GB for $899.99
As you can see, the $130 savings offered to those who chose to sign a lengthy 2-year contract on a plan costing at least $30 per month simply wasn’t high enough.
Hopefully the price of 3G/4G-enabled tablets will decrease with time. Overall, I think this is a good move by Verizon. The only other good move was if they subsidized them even more, giving more initial savings to the customers.