AT&T offering free Galaxy Tab 3 with high-end Samsung phones

AT&T's hoping to pick up a few extra subscribers in the run up to the holidays by offering a free Samsung tablet to buyers of four of the company's leading Galaxy smartphones. From today customers picking up the Galaxy S4, S4 Active, Note 3 or Note 2 on a two-year plan (or through the AT&T Next installment program) can claim a free 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablet (also on contract). The deal is available from participating stores today and will be extended to AT&T's online presence in the near future, the carrier says.

The Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch isn't Samsung's highest-end tablet and we weren't exactly blown away by the Tab 3 series when reviewed the them earlier this year, but you can't really argue with free. The promotion runs until Jan. 9, 2014.

Source: PRNewswire (opens in new tab)

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  • cool
  • One hell of a good deal!
  • Ugh what about those of us that just purchased a note 3 at launch. Think they'll help us out? Posted via Android Central App
  • I hope so! I just bought 2 notes on the 10th. That sucks! Posted via Android Central App
  • They won't, I just left the store. They said only if it was within 14 days. I'm filing an official complaint, because that is a very dirty way to treat loyal customers. The phone hasn't even been out a month yet. I bought the most expensive phone they sell, I have been a Loyal customer for 6 years, I haven't had as much as a single late payment, and I've had this Damn insurance I have yet to use once. I want compensation!
  • Here we go with the me too scenario! It is for upgrades, and NEW customers and if you weren't within the promotional period, add a NEW Line!
  • That's stupid to add a new line at ten dollars per month. AT&T does this crap all the time and the loyal people that are with them get screwed every single time. Posted via Android Central App
  • Return the phone if your within the return period and just repurchase it there again to be an asshole to them lol Posted via Android Central App
  • Man! I just bought 2 Galaxy Notes. Wonder of they would give me a free one!? Posted via Android Central App
  • If you literally just got them, you have 14 days to return it. I would just go return them and redo your transaction over again so you get 2 free 7" babies.
  • Only issue with that is the restock fees Posted via Android Central App
  • From the source document: free** ** Activation/upgrade and early termination fees apply. Qual. svc req'd on both devices. So is free really free? Posted via Android Central App
  • Yes. You don't pay for the tablet.... Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't think so. Free to me would be not paying anything extra for it; ie, when I go in to buy a Galaxy S4 I also get a tablet at no charge......essentially if I pay the same amount as if I would have only bought the S4 and nothing more. If I have to pay anything more, that is no longer free in my book. Posted via Android Central App
  • So if someone gave you a free car... It isn't free cause you have to put gas in it? Posted via Android Central App
  • I agree that the tablet is free and remains so even if they do require a contract for it. The reality is, you aren't required to put gas in the car. Nobody is making you drive it. In the case of the tablet, you have to pay for service.. even if you only want wifi capabilities.
  • It's not free if it requires the free car can only fill up gas from 'someone'.
  • LOL at Maclamond1979. A tablet is perfectly useable without a monthly fee attatched to it whereas a car isn't without gas. Not a good comparison. Posted via Android Central App
  • I know. But we can sit here all day and over analyze "free". The damn thing is free. Or if you can't handle the word free, then you saved about $180 lol Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • U still gotta put it on a plan.. and if u cancel before the contract ends u probably gotta pay for it too.. Not THAT free. Just no down payment.
  • Which in essence means there is no deal here whatsoever.
  • Obviously there's a deal here. If you are in the market for both and to have data on each you are saving big time.
  • Yes, so at an extra $10 a month for 12 months might as well just buy the nexus 7, Doesn't seem like that good of a deal if you have to add it to a data plan.
  • The devil is in the detail. They have you by the balls for two years....
  • $10 per month for 24 months (2-year contract) = $240 for a tablet that costs $179 ( I think). not a good deal.
  • Can't you just cancel the data plan right away just like how if you get a smartphone you can cancel the data plan the day of if you plan on selling the phone and continue to use a dumb phone? There have been no penalties for me doing this. I pay for 2 smartphones and 2 dumbphones but I use the upgrades for the dumbphones to get smartphones to sell which I cancel the data plans immediately.
  • No, not without getting hit with an ETF. Essentially, what you're doing is putting the tablet on a new line of service, except that that line is only for data. This isn't much different than the deals where, if you buy one phone, you get a second one free. The only difference is that this is for a free tablet. If you were going to buy a tablet anyway, it's a good deal. If you weren't, not so much.
  • IC, So the tablet actually goes on contract itself. Makes sense.
  • And you will get bored of it before that 2 years is up. As stated above, better to buy a WiFi Nexus 7.
  • LTE version is $299
  • shouldn't even call it a tablet, my note 3 is faster than this tab 3..its more for the children
  • you don't pay for the tablet but cancel the service and that $150 ETF will likely apply. But I tell you what the mobile service on my Windows RT tablet is invaluable because you can't do everything on a phone.
  • Jesus, have you people still not gotten that 'free' with any of these companies never actually means 'FREE'. Not only are they locking you into one of those disgusting contracts for your phone, they are locking you into one for the 'free' tablet as well. Don't let them sucker you in. In the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar: IT'S A TRAP!!!!!!
  • This ^^^^^^^ +9000. People are so put it mildly. Posted via Android Central App
  • I just bought a note 3... 6 days ago... Posted via Android Central App
  • Same here...
  • @AlexDobie the Tab 3 in the picture is the 8 inch, not the 7 inch!
  • I'm confused by some of your comments about not being free. If you need a tablet with LTE (always on internet and you were going to buy one outright, then technically the tablet is free. They are not charging you anything for it. For example, I can go buy a Nexus LTE 7 for $349 from Google. Then go to AT&T and pay a monthly data fee. Say this data fee is $10. So for 2 years that is an additional $240 for a total cost of ownership of $589. I can go to AT&T get this tablet for $0 then add it to my plan and say pay $10 for 2 years. The total cost of ownership is $240. Now my data fees maybe low but the math still works. Its like signing up for anything where they give you something for nothing. They are locking you into some kind of service fee because no smart company is going to just give you anything. Oh and if you get tired of the tablet in less than 2 years. Sell it (ebay, swappa, etc) and buy yourself a new one. As long as you pay for the data service for 2 years you owe AT&T nothing additional.
  • Exactly. I think people are over thinking it. They said you get a free tablet, not free service. They aren't lying...the tablet is free lol
  • Try going in to AT&T to buy an S4 and convincing them you can take the tablet for free. I guarantee you won't be able to leave the store without paying more than if you only took the S4. The tablet is not's a good deal if you need a data contract but it is NOT free by any means. Posted via Android Central App
  • 1.) Not many people "need" a tablet with LTE now that data can be freely tethered by most carriers.
    2.) With T-Mobile you can just bring in any tablet with compatible bands and get up to 200mb of data truly free.....nothing out of your pocket.
    3.) True, for those that don't like option one or two this is a good deal......but it's not free in the real sense of the word. Posted via Android Central App
  • The tablet is free no matter what you say. They aren't charging you for the tablet. They are charging you for the data. To get so technical about it makes no sense. Posted via Android Central App
  • Rchapman80, you say total coat of ownership is $240. Even using your numbers the point is made. There IS a cost to the is $240, not $0 which would be free. Posted via Android Central App
  • But my point is the tablet cost you nothing in the first place. It is technically free. If I brought by own tablet I would have to buy the tablet and then by the service. In AT&T's instance, you only buy the service. That is a separate entity. Two separate things.
  • If you brought your own tablet you don't have to buy data. You can get it free from T-Mobile or even from your own already data enabled cell phone on most major carriers. Posted via Android Central App
  • The tablet is free but the service for it is not. If you are buying one of the qualifying devices and staying with At&t then it might be a good deal since it's only $10 more on mobile share. I could see them giving the tablets away if they were just wifi, but these are 3G / 4G LTE tablets. So the fact that they want to add them to you on contract is understandable. Everyone wants something for free but they ain't going to let you fleece them on devices like that. especially how much they cost to buy outright.
  • My brother got this, yesterday. I really like it, especially for free or $49 with my carrier, but I just don't feel the need for a tablet, personally. So far, all of my secondary devices have been severely underused. Posted via Android Central App, HTC One
  • Darn, I should have waited a couple months to get my GS4.
  • Isn't this new tri band a step back for Sprint. I thought i read somewhere that with the new implementation of this tri band that simultaneous data and voice has been dropped. I think it was on the LG G2 that you cannot make calls and have data at the same time. Posted via The OG
  • So I just bought my note 3 a week ago. Can I still claim this? Posted from my Galaxy S4 or Note 3
  • So I just bought my note 3 a week ago. Can I still claim this? Posted from my Galaxy S4 or Note 3
  • So I just bought my note 3 a week ago. Can I still claim this? Posted from my Galaxy S4 or Note 3
  • This deal is garbage. Posted via Android Central App
  • I got a Samsung Note 8.0 free when I purchased my new Galaxy S4. I just had to add a data plan for it. That's quite a welcome for a BlackBerry convert. Thanks AT&T. Posted via Android Central App
  • Can I please get it because I don't have anything to play with and I love how yall work with. People so please let me get the tablet